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Civil Engineers

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Direct engineering activities, ensuring compliance with environmental, safety, or other governmental regulations.
    • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.
    • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
    • Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.
    • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
    • Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems or structures, using computer-assisted design or drawing tools.
    • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, program modifications, or structural repairs.
    • Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, or other topographical or geologic data.
    • Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction.
    • Identify environmental risks and develop risk management strategies for civil engineering projects.
    • Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.
    • Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.
    • Conduct studies of traffic patterns or environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess potential project impact.
    • Analyze manufacturing processes or byproducts to identify engineering solutions to minimize the output of carbon or other pollutants.
    • Design energy-efficient or environmentally sound civil structures.
    • Develop or implement engineering solutions to clean up industrial accidents or other contaminated sites.
    • Design or engineer systems to efficiently dispose of chemical, biological, or other toxic wastes.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    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).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 80300/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 38.6/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 8,620
    • Yearly Projected Openings 710

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Theodolites
    • Scales
    • Levels
    • Distance meters
    • Compasses

    Technology

    • Map creation software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Development environment software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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