Civil Engineers Influence the Infrastructure People Need to Function Effectively
Generally accepted as the second-oldest of the engineering disciplines, civil engineering, by definition, concentrates on the design, construction, and maintenance of man-made and naturally-built environments. This field derives its name from civilian engineering, a term that was coined to differentiate it from military engineering which, incidentally, has been credited as the first-known form of engineering in the history of civilization.
Although they are most likely unaware, people are influenced and supported by the work of civil engineers on a routine/daily basis. That is because civil engineers are responsible for infrastructure, or the elementary physical and organizational facilities and structures needed to function effectively within society; this infrastructure includes such features as roads/bridges, railways, energy/power supply networks, water and sewage systems, etc.
In the broadest of terms, civil engineering roles will specialize in either of the following:
- Consulting – project design and advisory roles
- Contracting – overseeing the construction process
As a result, specific job descriptions for civil engineers can be drawn from but not limited to such duties or responsibilities as:
- Developing detailed project designs and plans
- Conducting feasibility studies and site inspections
- Preparing job specifications and overseeing tenders
- Arranging the purchase/delivery of equipment/materials
- Assessing projects in relation to their environmental impact
- Project management – work completed on time and on budget
- Interacting/consulting with clients, architects, contractors, legal
A civil engineer can pursue employment opportunities in the public and private sectors; a cross-section of industries and authorities that require qualified civil engineers includes:
- Armed Forces
- Power Generation
- Municipal Authorities
- Utilities Commissions
To minimum requirement to enter the civil engineering field is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program; attaining one’s Master’s degree can also be advantageous when subsequently seeking employment. Core courses of study would likely include:
- Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
- Advanced Mathematics (calculus, statistics)
- Fluid Dynamics
- Engineering Mechanics
The work environment for a civil engineer is most often some combination of office time, research lab work, and outdoor visits to construction/project sites.
Placement Consultants Offer Support to Those Seeking Work as a Civil Engineer
Individuals interested in a career as a civil engineer, either entry-level or advanced roles, may find benefit in coordinating their job search efforts with the placement consultants from Winters Technical Staffing. The knowledge, guidance, and resources available from these professionals can enhance the likelihood of success for those seeking work in the civil engineering sector; their specific means of support will include:
Coaching on resume development
Links to industry contacts/networks
Awareness of non-published openings
Knowledge of apprenticeship opportunities
Targeted searches by industry or employer
Consultants from Winters Technical Staffing have been very successful in addressing the hiring needs of the engineering sector, including placements for civil engineers, for more than 40 years. Throughout this period, these consultants have effectively developed and maintained strong working relationships with employers in the engineering sector, and are often contracted to identify and hire skilled civil engineers on behalf of these clients.
For reasons such as those above, collaborating with the placement specialists at Winters Technical Staffing can provide more potential opportunities for civil engineers than their self-conducted job searches.
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Are you looking to pursue or advance your career as a civil engineer? You could benefit from the direction and support offered by the placement consultants at one of Toronto’s leading recruitment agencies. Call the professionals at Winters Technical Staffing today at 416-495-7422 to request a complimentary career path consultation.