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Land Development Project Manager - Irvine
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Irvine, California
  • Salary: US$118000 - US$185000 per annum + Medical, Dental, 401k etc
  • Description Land Development Project Manager - Irvine Leading engineering firm looking for a Land Development Manager to head up the company's land development team in Irvine
Principal Dams Engineer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description They are looking to grow their Melbourne office with a Principal level Dams professional capable of delivering Dams projects according to ANCOLD guide

Civil engineers plan, build, protect and improve the environment, and the world in which people live. They design and oversee the construction and maintenance of building structures and other infrastructures, such as bridges, roads, railways, harbors, airports, power plants, and water systems including dams and sewerage. 
Civil engineering professionals are involved in the planning, structural design, development and construction of a range of structures in the natural and manmade environment. The role of a civil engineer is to ensure the timely, well-resourced and safe completion of structural projects. Civil engineers liaise with clients and manage the construction of these projects. They work in a variety of different settings, and may be required to act as project manager. 
Typically, there are two distinct roles for civil engineers: contracting engineers and consulting engineers. Consultants are responsible for the design work in a particular project, and typically work in an office environment. Contracting engineers receive the design and implement it during the phase of construction. Contracting engineers also manage the construction of a structure, and work on-site.    

Typical employers:

  • Government departments and local authorities 
  • Construction companies
  • Utility companies
  • Rail companies

Job Specification, Outlook and Salary
Civil engineering is an exciting and lucrative career choice. Civil engineers take on a high level of responsibility from an early stage of their career. The role also provides a great deal of variety on a day to day basis. A civil engineer may work with CAD designs  on one day, and on another may be dealing with contractors, or undertaking site surveys. Aside from variety, other benefits of the role include:

  • Competitive salaries and attractive benefits packages
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Opportunities for self-employment

A career in civil engineering is exciting and diverse, touching on almost everything from surveying, to risk management and geology. This is a rewarding career in which you can help to improve people’s quality of life. As a civil engineer, you also have the satisfaction of being able to see a project through from the planning stage, to designing and creation.    

So how much do civil engineers earn? This depends on a number of factors, but the average salary for a civil engineer in the United States is $64,052 per annum, with a range of $48,073 - $98,248. Common factors that impact the level of salary include engineering knowledge, management skills, experience, team management, technical skills, productivity, and academic background. Civil engineers can expect an average salary of £30,662 per year in the United Kingdom, with a range of £22,043 - £49,775. Many companies offer benefits in addition to the salary, such as medical benefits, and private health insurance.

Job Description 
Civil engineers plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of building structures and other infrastructures. This role helps to shape, protect and improve the environment and the world around us. Civil engineering is a broad term, which includes several specialist areas of engineering; you may be employed in any sector from transportation, environmental, structural to geotechnical.

Typical Responsibilities of a Civil Engineer: 

  • Assessing the feasibility and environmental impact of projects by studying the project concept, environmental impact studies and architectural drawings
  • Preparing engineering designs by studying and collating reports, technical drawings, maps, aerial photographs and blueprints 
  • Assessing project costs by calculating materials, labor, and other related costs
  • Liaising with team members, clients, and other professionals including architects and subcontractors 
  • Using computer modeling software to analyse materials and map survey data
  • Using CAD programs to draw up blueprints
  • Reporting to planning bodies, public agencies and clients
  • Managing and monitoring project progress, conducting risk assessments
  • Adhering to health and safety requirements and other legal guidelines

Key Skills & Qualifications 
Civil engineers typically enter the profession with a graduate degree in civil engineering, or an engineering degree in a related field. For school leavers, vocational courses are an alternative entry route, but a civil engineering degree is recommended. Graduates will need a degree in civil engineering accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). It is then expected that you will work towards one of two professionally recognised qualifications with the ICE. 

Required skills:

  • Proven qualifications and experience in the civil engineering field.
  • Practical knowledge of visualizations and design software such as civil 3D and AutoCAD
  • Solid knowledge in site layout, erosion control, utility design
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • BS/MA in Civil Engineering
  • Licence in professional engineering
  • Proficiency in construction methods, knowledge of health and safety, legal regulations, etc.   
  • Excellent mathematical and IT skills
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and assess solutions
  • The ability to explain complex design plans and ideas
  • Solid verbal and written technical communication skills
  • The ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Excellent team and people management skills
  • Creativity, independent thinking and innovation skills
  • Business acumen and commercial awareness
  • Multidisciplinary and team working skills 
  • Accuracy and attention to detail 
  • Proficiency in budget-setting

Career Progression
The right qualifications and experience can help you achieve a successful career in civil engineering. The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Engineering Council provide opportunities to achieve chartered qualifications. Qualifications will enable you to progress your career and improve your earnings potential. If you’re looking for a rewarding career path that offers creativity, variety, and many opportunities for professional development, then civil engineering might be the right fit for you.