Civil Engineer

Perform 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.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 13,520
Employment Projected: 14,640
Percentage Change: 8.3%

Education/Training

Most of these occupations require a Bachelor's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Bridge/Structure Inspection Team Leader
  • City Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Manager
  • County Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Railroad Design Consultant
  • Structural Engineer
  • Traffic Engineer

Duties

  • 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.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $57,420
Average: $87,600
Experienced: $102,700