Civil Engineering

Career Description

What would it feel like to have the expertise to build a school that could withstand an earthquake, a road system that puts an end to chronic traffic jams, or a sports stadium that offers everyone a great view? As a civil engineer, your job would be to oversee the construction of the buildings and infrastructure that make up our world: highways, skyscrapers, railways, bridges, and water reservoirs, as well as some of the most spectacular and high-profile of all engineering feats—think of the world’s tallest building, the towering Burj Kahlifa in Dubai, or the Chunnel, the 31-mile-long tunnel beneath the English Channel. Civil engineers are fond of saying that it’s architects who put designs on paper, but engineers who actually get things built.




Ensure safe drinking water by managing a community’s water supply
Develop an art museum that provides state-of-the-art protection for paintings
Cut down on airport delays by designing a better runway system
Design the structure of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers
Build cheap, sturdy shelters for victims of hurricanes and flooding
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