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Civil engineers play a very important role in society. They design roads, airports, dams, bridges, parking lots and other infrastructures. They may test soil to make sure a building accommodates a site, complete surveys of land, read blueprints, analyze water flow and supervise construction. Civil engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines. If this sounds like an interesting career path, read on to learn how to become a civil engineer. Job Description
Civil Engineers design and supervise the construction of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges. They must consider many factors in the design such as construction costs and expected lifetime of a project, government regulations and potential environmental hazards such as earthquakes. Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. Others may work in design, construction, research, and teaching. Duties
* The first duty of a civil engineer is to inspect and analyze the proposed construction project. * The civil engineer will follow the project from start to finish and make any necessary changes along the way * They will ensure that procedure is being followed and check on safety features of the project during the time it is being completed * A civil engineer must use many different equations, applications and figures to ensure the proper procedure application * Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labour to determine project feasibility
Skills and Abilities Needed
* Have good a Computer Knowledge
* Efficient management and organizational abilities
* Have good communication and leadership skills
* Have good problem solving with analytic thinking
* Open minded to work in complex environment and projects * Creativity and an innovative approach to solving problems
According to the Ontario ministry of Training, colleges and University site, Opportunities for employment in this occupation are expected to be good over the period from 2009 to 2013. As the population and economy grow, more civil engineers will be needed to design, construct and maintain highways, bridges, water supply, and large buildings and building complexes. Globalization of civil engineering services may result in employment opportunities outside of Canada especially since the infrastructure across much of North America needs upgrading. Individuals willing to travel overseas and those able to work well in teams will have the best job prospects.
A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs. College graduates with a degree in a natural science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some engineering jobs. After getting a degree, graduates must get field training. A province license is also needed before they can be professional engineers in private practice. Most provinces require about four years of work experience before engineers can take the licensing examination. After licensing, civil engineers must continue their educations to keep up with advances in the field.
University offering programs
Most of university in Ontario offer civil engineer program. One example is McMaster University in Hamilton. For more details go to their web site: http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/civil/ Or you can find many universities at Ontario university Application center web site: http://www.ouac.on.ca/ Possible Funding
Many university Sites provides information on Awards, bursaries, and scholarship, as well as work opportunities on campus. In addition, most universities’ web site have link to OSAP. Moreover, many finance institutes have student loan. Conclusion
Civil Engineering offers us the chance to make the world a better, safer and more exciting place. This is would be an interesting career in a field that continues to develop. There are many opportunities leading to achieve this career. Many universities around Ontario offer this program as well as, variety of possible fund.