4 Reasons to Become a Civil Engineer.

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CIVIL ENGINEERS CREATE THE WORLD AROUND US

Civil engineers are the unsung heroes of the engineering world. Yet this jack-of-all-trades discipline is an incremental part of creating everything from tall skyscrapers and complex stadiums to bridges, railways and tunnels. As a civil engineer, your work influences where people work, relax, learn and live. You will be a part of helping society to become more advanced by adapting the infrastructure to meet challenges brought on by new technologies, population growth and climate change. Civil engineers know that even the simplest structure can include hundreds of “unknowns” which they have to be able to identify and solve in order to ensure the structure is operational, stays safe and stands the trial of use, environment and age. In addition to all this, civil engineers also play a key role during emergencies like droughts or natural disasters by helping those affected to recreate their living environment and the infrastructure that provides for their basic needs.

Without this unsung band of heroes, the world around us would look a whole lot different.

CIVIL ENGINEERS NEVER HAVE A DULL MOMENT

Civil engineers can work in a versatile range of positions and projects. Civil engineering specializations such as structural, environmental, geotechnical and transportation engineering all entitle challenging, constantly changing work environments and require creativity, adaptability, good problem-solving skills and ability to think on one’s feet. As a civil engineer, despite your area of specialization, you need to be sensitive to local and environmental challenges as well as to the requirements of different construction project participants. You need to have attention to detail while simultaneously understanding “the bigger picture”. In addition to the wide spectrum of challenges, the versatility of projects civil engineers can participate in ensures that you are unlikely to have a dull moment at work. You can work below the surface delivering tunnels, underground railways and energy and water supplies as well as above the surface creating roads, bridges, stadiums, hospitals, skyscrapers and many more.
As a civil engineer, you are likely to be constantly on the move, sharing your time between the site, the office and perhaps even different geographical locations.

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CIVIL ENGINEERS HAVE A MONUMENT TO SHOW THAT THEY WERE THERE

While civil engineering can be somewhat stressful, the profession includes a huge sense of accomplishment to make it all worthwhile. Throughout history, civil engineers have participated in some of the most ambitious and incremental projects known to mankind. World-known ventures such as the Hoover Damn, the Great Wall of China and the Hardanger Bridge are tokens of the hard work and expertise of civil engineers. While you might have to start your civil engineering career with slightly smaller projects, the fact remains that by the end of the day you will have a monument to prove that “you’ve been there”. You know all the challenges and effort that went into transforming the blueprints into a fully functional structure.

CIVIL ENGINEERS ARE CREATIVE IN THEIR OWN UNIQUE WAY

Although creativity is more often associated with architects, civil engineers definitely have their own unique variety of this characteristic. In fact, creativity takes place in the civil engineering world on a daily basis as the profession revolves around versatile projects with unique challenges and requirements. Be it using materials in new ways, improving workflows to gain greater efficiencies or adapting to growing demands from technological advancements, population growth or the environment, as a civil engineer you have great opportunities for problem-solving and creativity.

CIVIL ENGINEERS GET TO USE THE COOLEST TOOLS

The civil engineering toolkit consists of gadgets and software that the general public has never even heard of. However, as a civil engineer you need these tools to ensure that you meet the demands of the projects you are working on. This doesn’t just mean more accurate laser transits or scientific calculators. Once you start working as a civil engineer, BIM software helps you to develop better structural solutions and focus on ensuring your project is up-to-bar.

Why did you decide to become a civil engineer?

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