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17-2051.00 - 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.

Sample of reported 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

Also see: Transportation Engineers

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Importance
Work Activity
85 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Determine resource needs of projects or operations.
    • DWA Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.See more occupations related to this task.
  • IWA Implement procedures or processes.
    • DWA Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Develop or implement engineering solutions to clean up industrial accidents or other contaminated sites.See more occupations related to this task.
84 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Investigate the environmental impact of industrial or development activities.
    • DWA Investigate the environmental impact of projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Identify environmental risks and develop risk management strategies for civil engineering projects.See more occupations related to this task.
      • Conduct studies of traffic patterns or environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess potential project impact.See more occupations related to this task.
80 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.See more occupations related to this item.
77 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.See more occupations related to this item.
76 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.See more occupations related to this item.
75 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Create visual designs or displays.
    • DWA Create graphical representations of civil structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems or structures using computer assisted design or drawing tools.See more occupations related to this task.
  • IWA Design structures or facilities.
    • DWA Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Design energy efficient or environmentally sound civil structures.See more occupations related to this task.
  • IWA Develop systems or practices to mitigate or resolve environmental problems.
    • DWA Design systems to reduce harmful emissions. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Design or engineer systems to efficiently dispose of chemical, biological, or other toxic wastes.See more occupations related to this task.
75 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.See more occupations related to this item.
73 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Provide information or assistance to the public.
    • DWA Explain project details to the general public. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.See more occupations related to this task.
73 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.See more occupations related to this item.
71 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Analyze data to improve operations.
    • DWA Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Analyze manufacturing processes or byproducts to identify engineering solutions to minimize the output of carbon or other pollutants.See more occupations related to this task.
  • IWA Evaluate designs, specifications, or other technical data.
    • DWA Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, or other topographical or geologic data.See more occupations related to this task.
71 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.See more occupations related to this item.
71 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Inspect facilities or equipment.
    • DWA Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.See more occupations related to this task.
  • IWA Test characteristics of materials or products.
    • DWA Test characteristics of materials or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.See more occupations related to this task.
70 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.See more occupations related to this item.
70 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.See more occupations related to this item.
69 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.See more occupations related to this item.
68 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Advise others on business or operational matters.
    • DWA Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, or program modifications or structural repairs.See more occupations related to this task.
66 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.See more occupations related to this item.
66 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.See more occupations related to this item.
66 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.See more occupations related to this item.
65 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Assess characteristics of land or property.
    • DWA Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction.See more occupations related to this task.
  • IWA Estimate project development or operational costs.
    • DWA Estimate operational costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.See more occupations related to this task.
65 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Coordinate regulatory compliance activities.
    • DWA Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Direct engineering activities ensuring compliance with environmental, safety, or other governmental regulations.See more occupations related to this task.
  • IWA Direct construction or extraction activities.
    • DWA Direct construction activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.See more occupations related to this task.
65 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.See more occupations related to this item.
64 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.See more occupations related to this item.
63 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.See more occupations related to this item.
63 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Prepare proposals or grant applications.
    • DWA Prepare proposal documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.See more occupations related to this task.
61 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.See more occupations related to this item.
60 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.See more occupations related to this item.
  • IWA Develop operational or technical procedures or standards.
    • DWA Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
      • Identify environmental risks and develop risk management strategies for civil engineering projects.See more occupations related to this task.
      • Develop or implement engineering solutions to clean up industrial accidents or other contaminated sites.See more occupations related to this task.
60 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.See more occupations related to this item.
59 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.See more occupations related to this item.
59 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.See more occupations related to this item.
56 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.See more occupations related to this item.
48 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.See more occupations related to this item.
43 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.See more occupations related to this item.
41 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.See more occupations related to this item.
31 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.See more occupations related to this item.
31 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.See more occupations related to this item.
30 
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.See more occupations related to this item.
22 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.See more occupations related to this item.
20 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.See more occupations related to this item.
19 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).See more occupations related to this item.
18 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.See more occupations related to this item.