So what does a civil engineer do, exactly?

Posted by Design & Construct on 15-Apr-2016 17:33:53

In Engineering

Civil engineering – creative, innovative specialists

Engineering involves applying scientific and mathematical knowledge  which enable us to design and operate objects, systems and processes to solve problems or reach goals. Historically, engineers have achieved this by taking risks, using creativity, ingenuity and innovation to provide solutions to complex problems.

Those principles and invention continue in today's engineering world

When we think of modern civil engineering, we think of breath taking buildings like: the Shard in London, Burj Khalifa in Dubai or even the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. All these beautiful buildings feature some of the world's greatest engineering feats.

Civil engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction and management of all our utility infrastructure which we depend on every day. Engineers keep this network running effectively and adapt if needed to meet the challenges of a modern society, such as population growth or natural disaster.

There are many different areas within civil engineering, including: environmental, structural, municipal, transport and geotechnical. They are also involved in areas such as the assessment of the impact large scale projects have on the environment, pollution control and resource protection management.

A Civil engineer will work from an architect's drawings and consider whether the chosen materials for a particular building will be strong enough for the design, be economical and safe; whilst taking into account the environmental factors of the build.

What are the types of engineering in the construction industry?

There are many specialist areas within engineering but the main disciplines are civil, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering. There are two types of civil engineering roles, consultants who focus on design work and in the office with clients and contractors who are more involved and are usually work on the construction site.

What skills are some of the skills needed?

Engineers are creative problem solvers, who have the ability to use a wide range of different technical software to assist in designing and testing a structure; they use mathematical principles to predict how they will behave in the environment. Other essential attributes civil engineers need are: versatility and the ability to collaborate with a number of other professionals.

What salary can you expect to earn as a Civil Engineer?

Our salary research has provided us with real insight into the current annual market salary expectations across the construction, engineering and architecture industries.

  • Group Manager / Principal - $110,000 - $155,000
  • Design Manager - $85,000 - $130,000
  • Environmental Engineer - $75,000 - $125,000
  • Geotechnical Engineer - $65,000 - $125,000
  • Civil / Structural Engineer - $65,000 - $125,000
  • Civil / Structural Drafter - $65,000 - $95,000

There would be no gadgets, without engineering

We live on a planet shaped by the influence of engineering which has provided us with life sustaining essential utilities. This helps make our lives better by providing us with clean drinking water, lighting, transportation and communications. Thanks to engineering we have an advanced healthcare system and better quality of life. We have state of the art gadgets that enhance our lives and make it safer by providing secure environments. A new modern wonder of the world has been built in the form of the *International Space Station, this venture highlights our ingenuity and thirst for knowledge, but most importantly shows that by working together, no matter the size of a project, we can get it done.

*The International Space Station is a unique place – a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth.

Our knowledge, skills and technology will help you in your career

Skilled engineers are always in demand, speak with one of our consultants if you are ready to access some of the biggest projects within Australia. We believe in offering a bespoke approach, coupled with excellent customer service that sets us apart from our competitors.






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