Civil Engineers


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Civil Engineers

Civil Engineers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, civil engineers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a moderate level of social contact. They work half of the time with other engineers and department staff, but spend time alone analyzing data and planning designs.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of the public.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others. This is especially true for engineers when they sign final plans and reports.
  • Work with a team that may include other engineers and scientists, field staff, and clerical staff.
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  • Communicate daily with coworkers by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
  • Occasionally write letters and memos.
  • Occasionally are placed in conflict situations where there may be disagreement over a project.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Often work from a van or car while at project sites.
  • Sometimes work inside a building without heat or air conditioning.
  • May wear protective gear, such as hard hats.
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  • Sometimes work in noisy or distracting work environments.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could create serious safety hazards for users of the structures they design.
  • Make decisions that strongly impact their coworkers and company.
  • Meet strict deadlines weekly.
  • Can make most decisions and set most tasks without consulting a supervisor.
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  • Sometimes repeat the same physical and mental tasks.

Hours/Travel

  • Usually work more than 40 hours per week.
  • May travel extensively to work sites.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.