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Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Understanding the Role of a Civil Engineer

Civil engineers like Reddy Kancharla are working hard at raising the profile of the profession and how important it is. The occupation requires people to have skill, to be determined, and to really want to succeed. Civil engineers are knowledgeable about mathematics, various sciences, and geography and it is those with an affinity for these subjects who usually do best in college and eventually obtain a civil engineering master’s degree. Those who do have this degree have a wealth of career opportunities available to them, including consultancy, private firms, the government, and the military.

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Work for Civil Engineers

There is a lot of competition for civil engineering jobs. This is why those with a master’s degree, a good deal of experience, and letters of recommendation tend to do best. Furthermore, employers look for engineers with excellence oral and written communication skills and a good knowledge of computers and modern software. Specifically, they must be well-versed in the usage of draft and design software, as well as with more standard programs such as Microsoft Office.

Those who do meet these requirements are rewarded with a significant remuneration package. Exactly what they do and how much they get paid for it, however, will depend on what they do and where they work. Furthermore, it is quite common for these engineers to work contractually. This means that their salary will often vary depending on the specific project they work on. However, salaries are always good.

The work of civil engineers relates directly to the construction industry. Hence, when there is an increase in construction work, there is also an increase in demand for civil engineers. Similarly, however, when there is a drop in construction projects, demand for engineer services drops as well. Civil engineers should not be confused with architects either. While they do have similar responsibilities, civil engineers have a unique job in as such that their focus tends to be strongly on public services such as electrical wiring, and the construction and repair of roadwork. That said, people like Reddy Kancharla have also worked on physical buildings.

Civil engineers usually work in office settings, although they do also have to go into the field itself. They must be problem solvers, excellent supervisors, and good surveyors. They also have to work with city officials in order to identify new work requirements, such as identifying necessary repairs, monitoring the impact of traffic volumes, and more. Essentially, they anticipate the needs of the community over the coming years.

Job security for civil engineers is very good. While there is a strong link between how much construction projects take place and how many civil engineers are needed, the reality is also that most do ride out economic downturns and are usually incredibly busy people as well. This is because so much of the work is done on constructions that are already in place, such as infrastructure, and that needs to be maintained regardless of whether the economy is growing or contracting.

Author: Anwar Hossain

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