Civil Engineers

(NOC 2131)

Career Description

Plan, evaluate, research and manage a variety of major civil engineering projects including the construction/repair of structures such as: buildings, roads, tunnels, airports, and rapid transit facilities; bridges, dams, ports, and coastal installations; systems related to highway and transportation services; and water distribution/sanitation.

Specialize in foundation analysis, building/structural inspection, surveying, geomatics, and municipal planning.

Duties May Include

Civil engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

Confer with clients and other members of the engineering team and conduct research to determine project requirements

Plan and design major civil projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, water and waste management systems and structural steel fabrications

Develop construction specifications and procedures

Evaluate and recommend appropriate building and construction materials

Interpret, review and approve survey and civil design work

Conduct field services for civil works
Ensure construction plans meet guidelines and specifications of building codes and other regulations

Establish and monitor construction work schedules
Conduct feasibility studies, economic analyses, municipal and regional traffic studies, environmental impact studies or other investigations

Monitor air, water and soil quality and develop procedures to clean up contaminated sites

Conduct technical analyses of survey and field data for development of topographic, soil, hydrological or other information and prepare reports

Act as project or site supervisor for land survey or construction work

Prepare contract documents and review and evaluate tenders for construction projects

Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers and review and approve designs, calculations and cost estimates.

Examples of Titles

Bridge Engineer
Civil Engineer
Construction Engineer
Environmental Engineer
Highway Engineer
Municipal Engineer
Sanitation Engineer
Structural Engineer
Traffic Engineer
Transportation Engineer

Where They Work

Civil engineers work for engineering consulting companies, construction companies, all levels of government, and many other industries. They may also be self-employed.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Comprehensive Engineering Bachelor; Honours
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Toronto Metropolitan University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Engineering Bachelor
Undeclared Engineering (First Year Studies Only) Bachelor
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Civil Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Red Deer Polytechnic
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Engineering - University Transfer (Year 1) Bachelor; Honours; University Transfer
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Concordia University
Montreal, Qu├ębec, CA

Related Program(s):
Civil Engineering (BEng) Bachelor; Co-op
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Modified on December 15, 2023