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TitleCivil Engineers
DescriptionPerform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
Sample Job TitleCity Engineer, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Manager, Design Engineer, Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Railroad Design Consultant, Research Hydraulic Engineer, Structural Engineer

Tasks

- Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
- Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
- Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, or program modifications or structural repairs.
- Test soils or 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.
- Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction.
- Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.

Knowledge

- Engineering and Technology
- Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Building and Construction
- Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Mathematics
- Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Design
- Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- English Language
- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

- Reading Comprehension
- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking
- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Systems Analysis
- Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Speaking
- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Operations Analysis
- Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

- Deductive Reasoning
- The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning
- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Information Ordering
- The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Oral Comprehension
- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression
- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Interests

- Realistic
- Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Investigative
- Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional
- Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work styles

- Integrity
- Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Dependability
- Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail
- Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Initiative
- Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Analytical Thinking
- Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Tools

- Compasses
- Compasses
- Dividers
- Distance meters
- Electronic distance measuring devices
- Rhodes arcs
- Levels
- Laser levels
- Precision levels
- Scales
- Drafting scales
- Rolling scales
- Theodolites
- Theodolites
- Total stations

Technology

- Analytical or scientific software
- HEC-1
- HEC-HMS
- Hydraulic analysis software
- Hydraulic modeling software
- Trimble Geomatics Office
- Computer aided design CAD software
- Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
- Autodesk AutoCAD software
- Autodesk Land Desktop
- Bentley Haestad Methods CivilStorm
- Bentley InRoads Site
- Electronic mail software
- Email software
- Microsoft Outlook
- Map creation software
- Cartography software
- ESRI ArcInfo
- ESRI ArcView
- Geographic information system GIS software
- Intergraph MGE
- Project management software
- Cost estimating software
- Microsoft Project
- The Gordian Group PROGEN Online

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