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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.

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

    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).

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $78,380/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $37.68/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 8,050
    • Yearly Projected Openings 650
    Typical Education
    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
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Achievement/Effort
    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
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.