• CELSIUS TEAM

CAREER IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

INTRODUCTION

Civil Engineering involves planning, designing and Executing structural works. The course deals with a wide variety of engineering tasks including Designing, supervision and construction activities of public works like roads, bridges, tunnels, Buildings, airports, dams, water works, sewage Systems, ports, etc. And offers a multitude of Challenging career opportunities. A civil engineer is responsible for planning and designing a project, constructing the project to the required scale, and maintenance of the product. The major specializations within civil engineering are structural, water resources, environmental, construction, transportation, Geo-technical engineering etc.


COURSES

  • B. Tech

  • M. Tech (Dual Degree)

  • PH. D

ELIGIBILITY


10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as Core subjects.


INSTITUTE/UNIVERSITY

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Kharagpur

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur

  • Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

  • Calicut University, Malappuram, Kerala.

  • Aliah University, Kolkata

  • Rajasthan Technical University, Kota, Rajasthan

  • Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University,New Delhi (http://www.ignou.ac.in/)

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING

  • Management skills As you progress through your career, gaining more and more responsibility, it's likely that, eventually, you're going to end up as a manager of a project, sub-team or even entire division. To be successful in this position you will need to develop management and leadership skills, including the ability to manage different personalities and backgrounds on important projects. It also includes knowing how to motivate your team and utilizing their strengths, especially if there are time and/or financial constraints. Likewise, you must also know how to discipline someone professionally and to give them credit when it’s deserved.

  • Analytical thinking All good engineers possess excellent analytical skills and are strong at devising ways to make particular aspects of a project work better. They are naturally inquisitive and like to solve complex problems.

  • Technical skills A skilled civil engineer should have an affinity for mathematics and physics, in order to identify and solve complex engineering problems. Any mistakes could lead to a catastrophic and potentially fatal problem further down the line, so it's vital that they know what they're doing.

  • They also need to be skilled in various design techniques, as well as working with maps, drawings, models, blueprints and CAD software. They must efficiently predict any possible future problems and implement solutions to prevent them.

  • Communication skills Yes, communication skills are essential in any job role, but civil engineers have to work alongside and constantly interact with any number of stakeholders, including construction managers, architects, investors and other stakeholders. They must be able to clearly get across any technical issues, as well as take on board the ideas and suggestions of others in the team.

  • Critical thinking Civil engineers are often confronted with challenging problems and must be able to devise the most effective and reasonable approach when dealing with them. In order to do this, they must have the ability to think precisely and be able to apply concepts and rules to specific problems.

  • Leadership skills Civil engineers must lead by example; they are ultimately in charge of surveyors, construction managers, technicians, contractors, architects, urban planners, transportation engineers as well as maintaining the trust of governmental planning authorities. To keep a project on time and budget, they must be able to successfully lead all members of their team.

  • Creative mind To develop and implement new projects, the ability to ‘think outside of the box’ and be creative is an essential skill. You are expected to devise innovative solutions and follow them through.

  • Negotiation skills You won't necessarily acquire negotiation skills at university, but they are important if you want to be a successful civil engineer. You must be able to bring others together and reconcile differences, especially if conflict arises within the project team. You must also be able to negotiate deals with suppliers to reduce the cost of any one project.

  • Attention to detail Another key skill is possessing attention to detail. Yes –  this is mentioned in every job description, but, as already mentioned, when it comes to civil engineering it’s crucial! Every small part of designing and implementing infrastructure needs to be precise. If there is one piece of the puzzle missing you can kiss your career goodbye.

  • Time management One of the most important skills for a civil engineer to have is good time management. Complex construction projects require effective organizational and time management if they are to be delivered to budget and on time,” says Nigel from Target Jobs. “Every team member has to keep to schedule. Deadlines mean you can’t afford to let things slip.”

  • Problem solving Problem-solving is used on a daily basis in the construction industry; nothing is plain sailing. You’ll have to deal with unexpected problems like burst water pipes, material delivery delays or staffing issues. The key here is getting all stakeholders involved to solve the problem in a timely manner.

  • Visualization skills The ability to visualize is a top priority when thinking of becoming a civil engineer. While the architect is responsible for the aesthetic design of the project, you must be able to bring the picture to life and imagine how the concept would functionally work and what it would look like.

  • Teamwork As Fiona Dixon, an experienced civil engineer based in London, explains, being a team player is a significant personal characteristic to have. "It's a very rewarding job – there's a great sense of teamwork that comes through creating something and facing challenges together. If you enjoy working with people to help solve problems that affect wider society, then go for it. The industry is all about jumping and trying new solutions."

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING

  • Undertaking technical and feasibility studies including site investigations

  • Using a range of computer software for developing detailed designs

  • Undertaking complex calculations

  • Liaising with clients and a variety of professionals including architects and subcontractors

  • Compiling job specs and supervising tendering procedures

  • Resolving design and development problems

  • Managing budgets and project resources

  • Scheduling material and equipment purchases and deliveries

  • Making sure the project complies with legal requirements, especially health and safety

  • Assessing the sustainability and environmental impact of projects

  • Ensuring projects run smoothly and structures are completed within budget and on time.

Working hours for consulting civil engineers are general normal office hours, with some extra hours and weekend work close to project deadlines. Contractors, on the other hand, often work shifts and weekends and are outside in all weathers.


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