Job Title / Job Description
Civil Engineer/Land Development
I do site design and permitting for private real estate development projects. In other words, if someone wants to build a building, I help figure out how the land should be graded, how vehicles and people should access the site, and how utility service connections (water, sewer, electric, etc.) can be made to supply the new building. I also help owners get proper permits to build the new buildings. This is the most fun but sometimes challenging part. Lots of different people/agencies involved, all with different ideas and goals.
What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?
lots of people involved with what I do:
attorneys (for permitting, environmental issues, leasing, etc.)
bankers (to finance projects)
other building engineers: mechanical, structural, plumbing, electrical
geotechnical (for special designs in consideration of specific soil conditions
graphic designers (for presentation materials and report graphics)
traffic planners and engineers (for estimating increased traffic demands and designing related roadway improvements)
What new technology will be important?
3D AutoCAD (this is here now but has not been universally implemented or embraced)
Sustainable design - especially related to green building and renewable energy
What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?
I have a BS in Civil Engineering
What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?
A BS is the minimum for entry level positions in my field
When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?
No, I was good in math and science but did not know what I wanted to do. I started college majoring in math and switched over when I learned more about civil engineering.