Civil engineer

Civil Engineering Professionals are responsible for many tasks that pertain to the infrastructure of a locality or country. They plan and design the construction and development of dams, roadways, expansion bridges, sewage and water systems, airports and numerous other important structures. There are many things that Civil Engineering Professionals must consider such as the durability of materials for the project as well as the estimated cost of seeing the project to fruition.

Duties and tasks

  • Arrange for timely delivery of materials needed for the project
  • Coordinate project construction
  • Create a complete and accurate estimate of project costs
  • Create designs and complex plans for projects
  • Design all projects with logistics and aesthetics in mind
  • Determine the best materials and methods for the individual project
  • Ensure structural design is safe and up to code
  • Ensure that quality standards and specifications are met
  • Monitor any and all project changes and update the cost estimation
  • Obtain and have soil and rock analyzed prior to project development
  • Oversee all labourer's at the job site
  • Supervise and coordinate construction
  • Understand and ensure all codes and regulations are implemented

Skills required

  • Ability to analyze problems and create viable solutions
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities well
  • Ability to manage time wisely and estimate time needed for project
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Approach problems logically and without bias
  • Good Math skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Knows the importance of sticking to budget and deadlines
  • Safety consciousness
  • Supervise development and construction of a project
  • Understanding that work does not always cease due to inclement weather
  • Understands the need for precision in measurements

Working conditions

The working conditions of Civil Engineering Professionals vary. A fair amount of time is spent in the office drafting up plans and dealing with project analyses while much more time is spent in the field doing hands on work and supervising the project in person. There are stresses involved in the job so an even-tempered and detail-oriented person would do well.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia 

Master Builders Australia 

National Engineering Registration Board 

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