Civil Engineering professionals have an exciting and diversified career depending on everything from geology and surveying to risk management. In the career, the engineer helps improve the quality of life of people. It can also offer you the satisfaction of seeing project progress from its initial concept to creation and design. The common responsibilities can include managing of budgets, approving project reports and drawings, overseeing orders and delivering equipment, resolving problems, taking care of any changes the client is looking for and making sure that the time and budget deadlines are met. Experience can help you become responsible for training junior engineers and leading other engineers.
Civil engineers create, enhance and protect the environment. They plan, oversee construction and design or maintain building facilities and structures like railways, bridges, roads, harbours, airports, irrigation projects, dams, waterways, power plants and sewage systems. Civil engineering also entails the designing and building of tall buildings and large structures with the hope of making them last for centuries and stand all weather and climatic hazards. The civil engineer can be a consulting engineer who advises on projects as well as designs them. They can also be contracting engineers who turn their plans into reality and maintain these structures when they are built.
There is a lot of variety that is involved in these kinds of jobs as you need to work with others including clients, teams and the people. Project managers can be involved in the design tasks, dealing with contractual and financial management, preparing reports and rewriting them, communicating with the client, coordinating the team and planning resources other than attending meetings with stakeholders. The individual also prepares proposals and markets the work to get new projects. You might be required to work away from home or make onsite visits frequently to oversee the progress.