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Civil Engineer

Also called: Bridge/Structure Inspection Team Leader, County Engineer, Railroad Design Consultant, Structural Engineer

Civil engineers conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct, and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

Median Salary in St. Louis


Employment Projection in St. Louis

2016 Employment: 1,780

2026 Projected Employment: 1,933

Civil Engineer Facts

  • Construction Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
Roles & Responsibilities

What they do: Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems and waste disposal units. This includes structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers.

On the job you would:

  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
  • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, or program modifications or structural repairs.
Skills Needed on the Job

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Requirements
  • ABET accredited degree (Bachelor of Science in engineering) or one that is equivalent to an ABET accredited program (this will be decided upon an approved NCEES credential evaluation report).
  • If you earned your degree from a non-ABET accredited program/school, you will need to obtain a Master’s degree in engineering from a school that is ABET accredited.
  • All foreign-educated applicants holding a bachelor of science in engineering degree not accredited by ABET are required to submit a favorable evaluation report completed by NCEES Credential Evaluations.
Licensure Requirements
  • Passing the FE exam (administered by NCEES)
  • Examinees usually have to be approved by the Missouri State Licensing Board before you can sit for an NCEES exam
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