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At A Glance: Civil Engineer

Civil engineers perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of buildings and facilities. Civil engineers require several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training. They earn approximately $41.65 an hour, and the need for such workers typically grows at a faster than average rate, from about 10% to 14% per year. Positions related to civil engineers include transportation engineers, environmental engineers, fire-prevention and protection engineers, mining and geological engineers, and energy engineers.

Entry Level Requirements


Associate's Degree

To become a civil engineer, a student must complete, at the least, an associate's degree. For some positions, employers may require a bachelor's degree.
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in Construction & Extraction occupations.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $26 - $70/HR.

Job Details: Civil Engineer

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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that civil engineers must perform regularly. Civil engineers inspect project sites for progress and adherence to standards. They determine design specifications and provide technical advice to supervisors regarding design, construction, modifications, or structural repairs. Civil engineers also test soils and materials to determine adequacy and strength of foundations and manage and direct construction and maintenance activities.
  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure adherence to specifications and standards
  • Determine design based on load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors
  • Give technical advice regarding design, construction, modifications, or structural repairs
  • Test materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel
  • Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site

Required Job Skills

Civil engineers require specific skills to do their jobs effectively. Civil engineers must think critically, read and understand information, and listen to others. They must also be able to solve complex problems, apply mathematics to solve issues, and analyze needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Critical Thinking
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Use mathematical calculations to solve problems
  • Operations Analysis

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Community College of Allegheny County - South Campus
Program: Civil Engineering Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Belmont College
Program: Civil Engineering
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Stark State College
Program: Civil Engineering Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years

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