Who are civil engineers?

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To find out how exciting and rewarding a career in civil engineering is, you'd have to ask some real civil engineers. Luckily, we know a few who can tell you.

Click on the profiles below to see what civil engineers do at work each day. And find out how it feels to be part of a project that makes people's lives better.

  • Oliver Robinson

    Oliver Robinson

    As a CAD technician, I create virtual drawings and models of buildings using computer software. This process is called 'computer aided design', or CAD.

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  • Alex Heward


    My role as a site engineer involves managing several projects at once. I do lots of different tasks like being responsible for teams, and making sure we're spending the right amount of money.

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  • Sarisha Harrychund

    Sarisha Harrychund

    As a consulting civil engineer, my job is to design structures that meet the needs of my company’s clients – and people like you and me who'll use them once they’re finished.

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What do civil engineers do?

If you're wondering what civil engineers actually do, take a look at some of the amazing things they've built around the world.

  • Civil engineers not only rebuilt Haiti, they also improved communities by adding things like solar streetlights.

    Rebuilding a better Haiti

    Civil engineers do more than just design and construct. One of the most important jobs they do is rebuilding communities after natural disasters.

  • Sea defences have been built along this coastline for hundreds of years to help keep people safe from flooding.

    Delta Works sea defences

    One in five people in the Netherlands lives on land below the sea level. So how do you stop the country from drowning if there's a large storm or flood?

  • Scotland's Queensferry Crossing will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world.

    Queensferry Crossing bridge

    On the east coast of Scotland, three giant towers are appearing out of the water. They are part of the striking new Queensferry Crossing bridge near Edinburgh, which will open in 2016.

How can you become a civil engineer?

Civil engineering is one the most fulfilling careers available

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