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How to become a construction engineer?

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Jahnavi Radheshyam

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Many of us are fascinated by the buildings and other miracles of construction and some of us so fascinated by it that we eventually turn up taking Construction Engineering (also known as Civil Engineering ) as our career. Civil Engineering is probably the oldest form of engineering dating back to the construction of the pyramids.

Construction engineering in simple terms can be defined as the branch of engineering that deals with the designing, construction, and management of the natural as well as the man-made environment that includes roads, dams, residences, buildings, airports, canals, etc.

To become a Construction/ Civil Engineer you need to follow a few steps, the prime steps are discussed below:

  1. Proper Researching: Before you opt for construction engineering as your career, thoroughly research about the field. Construction engineering is a broad aspect, find about your liking area from that vast area with proper research. Construction Engineering has the following sub-branches:
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Structural Engineers
    • Transportation Engineers
    • Geotechnical and geoenvironmental Engineers
    • Hydraulics/ Water Source Engineers
  2. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree: After thoroughly researching about the construction engineering in details, the next step involves joining an Engineering Institute to gain the necessary Bachelor's Degree. The undergraduate engineering course will build a solid foundation based on mathematics and scientific principles, which are the necessities of engineering. It also strengthens the communicative and IT skills of the students. For Structural Engineering, the areas which are focussed during this course are:
    • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
    • Structural Analysis
    • Structural Dynamics
    • Structural Design
    • Geotechnical engineering
  3. Earning a Master’s degree: After receiving a bachelor’s degree you can directly opt for a job, or you can pursue your master’s degree, which is generally recommended. It involves earning an M.S degree in Civil Engineering. The prime areas of focus during this course are mentioned below:
    • Advanced Principles of Civil Engineering
    • Dynamics
    • Risk Assesment
    • Engineering Administration
  4. Gaining Professional Experience: To become a certified Civil Engineer, you need to be credentialed by a recognized body. Most of the states had made it mandatory to bear the EIT (Engineer in Training) status before becoming eligible for any employment.
  5. Pursuing a professional career: After completing the steps mentioned above, you can now continue your professional career in Construction Engineer by applying for various civil engineering jobs. It is also recommended and also made mandatory for certain jobs like the construction of national buildings, railways, airports, etc. to bear the PE (Professional Engineer) license. 

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