Civil engineering dates back to 2600BC when the pyramids were built in Egypt. However, although it is one of the oldest careers in the world, it’s one in which graduates are much sought after. If you’ve just completed your Norwich University masters in civil engineering degree and are wondering what to do next, read on for some ideas.
1. Construction Engineer
A construction engineer is responsible for designing, building, and supervising construction projects. They have to consider local legislation, building regulations, and environmental issues, and that’s before they even inspect the area where the new building is going to be located. Construction engineers also identify the pros and cons of a certain location and will pass on feedback regarding any negative factors. They often work with surveyors, planners, construction managers, and architects.
2. Building Services Engineer
If you’re not interested in the construction of a property, maybe a career as a building services engineer would be more suitable. Engineers in this field are responsible for ensuring the building does what it was built to do. They may ensure there is an adequate power supply, lighting, and heating. They may also be responsible for health and safety and acoustics. This is a really interesting career choice, and especially good for those who have a practical, yet creative, skillset.
3. Structural Engineer
As a structural engineer, you would be responsible for the design of buildings, as well as things like tunnels, bridges, railway lines, etc. Structural engineers usually work in a consultative role and will refer their findings to architects. Likewise, when an architect designs a plan, a structural engineer will look over it and determine the best materials to use and the best structural systems. They will also consider things like the weather and determine whether the construction is viable.
4. Engineering Geologist
If you are interested in both engineering and geology, this is the perfect career option. An engineering geologist is responsible for looking at things like groundwater, rock and soil conditions, and then determining whether it is safe to build. They are mostly concerned with whether the foundation of the building will be affected by the geology surrounding it. This is a career that involves working outdoors, but it’s an exciting and important one nonetheless.
5. Building Control Surveyor
Finally, your masters in civil engineering could also enable you to become a building control surveyor. In this career, your role would be ensuring that every part of the construction follows building regulations and legislation. You would need to test the materials and foundations, and also ensure the building has the correct drainage facilities. If the building in question doesn’t pass the safety regulations, for example – for things like earthquakes and fires – you will need to be able to come up with a solution which doesn’t cause large expenses or lengthy delays.
Earning a masters in civil engineering from Norwich University can open up many doors. The above five are just a few of the careers you could consider.