Working as a construction engineer

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Robert Walters engineering and natural resources division outlines how you can become a construction engineer and what the role involves.

Depending on which career the construction engineer has chosen to follow, an entry level design engineer normally provides support to project managers and assists with creating conceptual design, scopes and cost estimates for the planning and construction of approved projects.

 

What do the construction engineers do?

A construction engineer creates the plans and manages the construction projects of large-scale structures including skyscrapers, highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams and reservoirs. Most engineering professionals specialise in one of these particular types of structures.

With the help from engineering technicians and drafters, construction engineers will engage in the design of structures as well as other parts of a project. This will include estimating costs, planning and scheduling, managing materials, selecting equipment and controlling costs.

With the help from engineering technicians and drafters, construction engineers will engage in the design of structures as well as other parts of a project. This will include estimating costs, planning and scheduling, managing materials, selecting equipment and controlling costs.

Before the design phase of a project begins, a construction engineer works with geotechnical and civil engineering experts to get a basic idea of which materials and construction methods would be the most appropriate use.

A construction engineer may be employed by a private contracting company, a municipal government agency, or a large construction firm.

What skills do I need to become a construction engineer?

Formal qualifications and certifications has become more popular for construction engineers. In the past a solid history was sufficient, with many qualifying by working many years in a construction trade. Employers increasingly prefer candidates with both work experience and a bachelor degree in a construction-related field.

A typical construction engineering curriculum is a mixture of engineering mechanics, engineering design, construction management and general science and mathematics. This usually leads for a Bachelor of Science degree which along with some design or construction experience, is sufficient for most entry level positions in the companies.

How much can I earn working as a construction engineer?

In South Africa construction engineers can expect to earn anywhere between R450-650K, depending on experience, location and speciality.

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For further career advice, please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0)11 881 2414

 

 

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