What is a civil engineer and what do they do?
Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Many civil engineers work in design, construction, research, and education.
There are two types of civil engineering roles within the various specialisms: consultants who focus on design work and generally spend more time in the office or working with clients, and contractors who are more involved with keeping an eye on the physical construction and are usually based on-site. Both are challenging environments and require civil engineers to be innovative and logical thinking individuals who possess attributes such as: creativity, versatility, a problem-solving mind, and the ability to understand the bigger picture and to collaborate with a number of other professionals to bring each project to completion.
Put simply, civil engineers have to come up with solutions to complex problems and implement them to keep an infrastructure running effectively and adapt it to meet challenges, while considering elements such as existing structures, budgets, population growth, climate change and natural disasters; civil engineers literally shape the world that we live in.
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