Can you imagine the world without civil engineering? It’s hard. The house we live in, the road we drive in, the college we study at or the hydro station and dam from where we get electricity are all the result of design and construction related to civil engineering. Therefore, civil engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the infrastructures and natural landscapes. Great achievements in human civilizations like pyramid in Egypt, hanging gardens of Babylon, leaning tower of Italy, King Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem, Parthenon in Greece, Coliseum in Rome, Roman roads, Taj Mahal in India, Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, other mega-structures and many more are in existences due to civil engineers. Simple to high rise building, power plants (thermal, geo-thermal, wind, hydro & nuclear), roads, bridge, tunnel, railways and similar infrastructures are the first responsibility of civil engineers. The other sectors like surveying, flood control, traffic management, construction management, water supply and sanitation, environmental protection are not far apart from civil engineers. The world’s popular and supreme personalities like Leonardo Da Vinci (a hidden engineer), Araniko (a Nepalese engineer), Yasser Arafat (Former Palestinian President), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Former-Iranian President), Süleyman Demirel (Former-Prime Minister and President of Turkey), Hú Jint?o (Former President of China), Boris Yeltsin (Ex-President of Russia) and many more civil engineers are the pride of their nations.
Positively impact our public infrastructure, influence public policy, and affect codes and regulations.
One of the career options for civil engineers is governmental job – local, state or federal agencies. As they move on the ladder, additional leadership training and knowledge in public administration and management is recommended. Therefore, some leave the path of technical engineering and enter to management platform while others stay focused on technical skills acquiring technical training to develop expertise skill in the chosen domain. Major role of government engineers at higher level is to develop policy and standard for the profession and general public. This way, civil engineers can have positive impact on the development of society.
Shape the future of civil engineering and prepare the next generation of professionals.
Producing competent engineers generation after generation is required for infrastructural development of the country. Therefore, civil engineers can indulge in academic area preparing next generation engineers with constant amendment of courses. This may require advanced degree with doctoral in some cases. Engineering educators write grants to obtain research funding and work with graduate students to conduct research aimed at developing advancements in the field of engineering. At many academic institutions, publishing research findings and obtaining grant funding for your academic institution are key elements to success. Additionally, facilitating student learning and achieving recognition as a top performing teacher help make this a fulfilling career choice.
Use civil engineering to bring innovation to industry for more successful and cost-effective operations, processes, and products.
Civil engineers have options to work in diverse settings including manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, public facilities and utilities, and many others producing goods and catering services. They manage large plants, oversee the design/construction of facilities, and obtain critical environmental, construction, and operating permits. Civil engineers are instrumental in new ventures requiring environmental site assessments and feasibility studies. They make significant contributions to decrease costs, increase profits, and produce smaller environmental footprints by developing more efficient processes, implementing waste minimization programs, and finding creative solutions to a wide range of issues.
Devise and implement civil engineering design solutions for a wide variety of projects and an array of clients.
Consulting offers a multitude of career opportunities in firms ranging in size from small to big firms. At smaller firms, civil engineers have the opportunity to work on numerous varied projects, design challenges, and management-related activities. At larger firms, they have the opportunity to focus on specific projects, design expertise, and business management, depending on the core competence of the firm. Whether at a small or large firm, civil engineers in consulting generally start with basic engineering evaluations, computations, and design, which opens the door to many career paths and flexibility to change paths if they so choose.
Build a sustainable future: ensuring safety and excellence in the built environment.
Civil engineers have glut of opportunities in construction companies. Here, they can work for a contractor to create the built environment transforming engineering and architectural design drawings from paper work to reality. They are involved in projects of every size and complexity from airports, bridges, and tunnels to local roads and the water and wastewater lines to our homes. The core civil engineering curriculum provides an excellent foundation for the critical thinking necessary to work in the construction sector. Additional classes in project management, safety, scheduling, estimating, and risk management are recommended. As construction is hands on, early field experience is essential to building your career. Civil engineers in the construction sector are instrumental in building and maintaining the world we live in.
Build load shedding free Nepal.
Opportunities for civil engineers lie in hydropower as well. Nepal has huge potential in hydropower and civil engineers can contribute to the generation of electricity. They analyse survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical or geologic data to plan projects. Estimation of quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility is done by civil engineers. They work in area of plan and design transportation and hydraulics structures with compliance to construction and government standards, using drawing tools and design software. They also test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations.