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September 8th, 2016

What is Civil Engineering? Everything You Need to Know

Sustainable Engineering | Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?What is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering is an arm of engineering that focuses on the maintenance, construction, and design of different types of public works such as transportation systems, government buildings, water systems, and public facilities like train stations and airports.

Civil engineers are mostly employees of municipalities, federal governments, or private firms that have been contracted to design structures and construct public works. The basic requirement for this profession is a 4-year degree in civil engineering. Additional relevant education and certifications can be acquired to increase one's qualifications in their career.

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Below are some of the things that civil engineers Are Best Known for:

Construction and Design

CT civil engineering companies are tasked with developing plans and drawings for structures. They have to design and construct buildings that are safe and that meet the local standard codes. Efficiency is key in the construction of any structure to ensure that it lasts through many years of use. There are different types of construction that civil engineers do:

Transportation Systems

Examples of transportation structures include bridges, roads, freeway interchanges, roads, ports and other similar structures. Civil engineers are required to build transportation structures that allow for high user rate, smooth traffic flow, and future expansions.

Freshwater and Wastewater Systems

Here, civil engineers handle the construction of fresh water delivery systems, sewage plants, seawalls, flood protection systems, levees, and dams, among others. They ensure that freshwater systems are protected and wastewater systems are safe, and know which regulations must be met. A good CT civil engineering company is also concerned with sustainable development in Connecticut

Other Construction Jobs

Civil engineers can also be contracted to build big office buildings, power plants, or perform land surveys.

Jobs for civil engineers are directly affected by the construction industry. This means that when there are many construction projects in the market, civil engineers tend to be in high demand, and vice versa.

Key Takeaways:

  • Civil engineering is a part of engineering that deals with the construction, maintenance, and design of structures for public use.

  • Civil engineers construct transportation systems such as roads and bridges. These structures have to be safe and allow for efficient flow of traffic and future expansion.

  • Civil engineers can also build water systems such as dams and sewage plants.

  • Civil engineers can be contracted to build huge office buildings and power plants.

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About Adam Hoffman

Hoffman began his surveying career back in 1978 when he worked for his uncle, Bernard Godfrey. After graduating from Paul Smith’s College, he worked his way from rod-man to transit-man and eventually party-chief. In 1988 when Adam received his Land Surveying license, he and Mr. Godfrey formed Godfrey-Hoffman Associates. After 12 years of a great partnership, Mr. Godfrey retired which left Mr. Hoffman with the entire business.

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