Civil Engineer, P. Eng.
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At a glance
Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation. Civil engineers may also specialize in foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying, geomatics and municipal planning. Civil engineers are employed by engineering consulting companies, in all levels of government, by construction firms and in many other industries, or they may be self-employed.
Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011, 2131 Civil engineers
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The work environment of civil engineers consists mainly of working in an office, but there is a large part of the job that takes place outdoors too. Civil engineers need to visit the construction or work site to perform site inspections, supervise the construction process and communicate with project managers. Other requirements of the job may include,
- Travel outside of the city to rural or remote areas
- Work 8 - 10 hours/ day or 40 - 50 hours/ week
- Evenings and weekends may be required to meet project deadlines
Civil engineers can find employment in the the following settings:
- Provincial and territorial public administration
- Architectural, engineering and design services
- Consulting engineering firms
- Private sector manufacturing
- Construction companies
As of December 2016, there are approximately 1,200 people working in this occupation.
Source: www2.careercruising.com, jobbank.gc.ca LMI Report for Manitoba
Specialized skills required
To work as a civil engineer, you will need to have specific skills, such as
- Ability to solve complex calculations
- Ability to write technical reports
- Ability to read blueprints and use computer programs
Essential Skills Profiles
The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).
According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for Civil Engineers as the following:
|LOW WAGE||MEDIUM WAGE||HIGH WAGE|
|$20.00/ hour (average in MB)||$36.69/ hour (average in MB)||$58.44/ hour (average in MB)|
|$21.00/ hour in Winnipeg||$38.46/ hour in Winnipeg||$62.50/ hour in Winnipeg|
In Manitoba, the practice of engineering is a regulated profession. This means that after successfully completing your university training from an approved (accredited) engineering program, you must join and meet the requirements of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM). You will need to visit their website learn about all of the steps to become a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Manitoba.
- B.Sc. Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering - 4 years
- B.Sc. Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering (Environmental Option) - 4 years
To learn more about these programs, visit the Faculty of Engineering - Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba
If you are still in high school, here are some suggested subject areas to study that could help prepare you for further training in this field. Please check if these courses are available at your school and/or whether they will meet your graduation requirements. Some examples may include the following:
- Mathematics, Probability & Statistics, Algebra & Geometry, Calculus
- Science, Chemistry, Physics
- Geography,World Issues
- Computers, Drafting & Design, Technology