As in other industries, successful careers start at the lowest level, but this is even more true when you see the career graph of any Civil Engineer. Practical knowledge is highly valued in Senior management roles. However, to reach such a senior level, you must start as an entry level Civil Engineer.
Civil Engineers job revolves around many settings. At times you are required to work in the office of an engineering firm, a public work department, or a construction company.
However, you must also analyze which field you wish to make a career in as an entry level Engineer.
The Civil construction sector is among the most dynamic fronts of the national economy. As the world recovers from the financial downturn felt after the pandemic, the engineering industry is largely expected to see a surging demand in construction.
It is certainly a piece of good news for those planning a career in the civil industry. The continuous and ever-increasing adoption of new technologies in the construction sector is the main force behind a skilled workforce. Unlike in the past when just practical experience was required of workers, modern constructions now mostly rely on sophisticated equipment and precise construction tools. Using them needs skill and proficiency.
There is always a continuous need for a new workforce in the industry as the older employees retire. The sector is traditionally known to seek younger entrants to the workforce as most of the jobs in the industry require agility, skill, discipline, etc., of a younger worker.
What does an entry level Civil Engineer do?
AN entry level Civil Engineer performs various duties assigned to him related to designing, quantity surveying, buildings, highways, bridges, dams, sewers, and other large structures. As an entry level engineer, you help draft the blueprints and plans of structures, undertake to survey of building sites, perform costing and budgeting, do the risk analysis, map projects, and perform research for the public records and other documents about the project. You work ideally would be under the supervision of senior engineers and project managers.
What are the necessary skills of a successful entry level engineer?
A successful entry level civil engineer must possess a variety of skills.
You should have
- Strong maths skills
- Good technical knowledge
- Excellent understanding of engineering fundamentals
- Adequate computer knowledge with design softwares such as CAD and
- Designing softwares etc.
- Few other attributes include good command over verbal and written communication, organizational skills, problem-solving skills, etc.
What qualifications does an entry level civil engineer need?
An entry level civil engineer needs to have the basic civil engineering qualifications to work in the industry. It would be best to have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a diploma in civil engineering. Ideally, you should have obtained a private practice license as well from concerned licensing authorities. Internships during college are a good way to get ab exposure to the job market while learning the responsibilities of a full-time engineer.
Must-Have Skills for the Civil Engineering Freshers
Just obtaining a certificate with your name and academic proficiency doesn’t make you a civil engineer; your interest and skills to excel in the job market make all the difference.
Let me list it down:
- Basic Engineering knowledge: Be thorough with your basics. It is the foundation on which your career will rest.
- Software skills: If possible, learn a few softwares like Auto CAD for drafting, Revit for 3D modeling for exteriors, Staad Pro for the structural analysis and design, Etabs for the dynamic and static analysis of multistoried structures, etc
- Management Softwares: It would be best if you also had an understanding of the management softwares like PPM(Project Planning and Management)
- Internships: Ideally you should have completed some internships as part of your 3rd-year summer training assignments. It is a must because having practical knowledge has its advantages as compared to having just theoretical knowledge.
- Understanding of BIM-Building Information Modeling:It is the holistic management of a built asset.BIM has got a promising future in most countries like the US, India, etc. It involves a comprehensive way of planning, designing, constructing, and operating assets.
- Willingness to learn:-Update yourself with the latest trends and technologies in construction
How much does an entry level Civil Engineer make??
Of course, this depends on the company that hires you, the type of job and the skill set required for the task, etc
In Dubai, for example, a qualified Civil Engineer for the site with less than a year of experience could net AED 3000-AED 5000 per month while a fresher Civil Engineer in India earns something around INR 25,000.
Being a modern artificial wonder, Dubai has seen the construction industry boom to a large extent in the past decade.
What factors do the employers seek while hiring a fresh graduate?
- Basic engineering skills-You should be good with your basic engineering subjects.
- Willingness to learn-Learning does not end with college. Entry level engineers should demonstrate an ability to understand and learn from what they observe.
- Problem-solving skills-Engineering is all about solving problems.90% of the time. We are engaged in solving some issue or the other that comes up abruptly. Think out of the box and find solutions
- Ability to be creative under constraint::Entry level engineers should stay up to date with the latest trends in their industry, read about the various developments happening around the world in their concerned department, subscribe to newsletters or magazines that bring valuable knowledge in their field, find apps and technology that would be useful in their day to day activities involving the work.
- Motivated self starters:-freshers should be self-motivated to excel in their field and show skills to lead from the forefront while performing their duties.
The construction industry is one such industry that employs various people with different professional and technical backgrounds.
The growth opportunities in the civil engineering industry are enormous because of its diverse subdisciplines.
Once you have decided to plunge into the civil engineering stream, network within your circle to get a basic understanding of how to get into a reputed construction company