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Civil Engineers - 17-2051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bridge/Structure Inspection Team Leader
  • City Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Manager
  • County Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Railroad Design Consultant
  • Structural Engineer
  • Traffic Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2050 Civil Engineers
17-2051.00 Civil Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Analyze manufacturing processes or byproducts to identify engineering solutions to minimize the output of carbon or other pollutants.
  • Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, or other topographical or geologic data.
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
  • Conduct studies of traffic patterns or environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess potential project impact.
  • Design energy efficient or environmentally sound civil structures.
  • Design or engineer systems to efficiently dispose of chemical, biological, or other toxic wastes.
  • Develop or implement engineering solutions to clean up industrial accidents or other contaminated sites.
  • Direct engineering activities ensuring compliance with environmental, safety, or other governmental regulations.
  • Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction.
  • Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.
  • Identify environmental risks and develop risk management strategies for civil engineering projects.
  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
  • Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.
  • Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems or structures using computer assisted design or drawing tools.
  • Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.
  • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, or program modifications or structural repairs.
  • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities.
  • Create graphical representations of civil structures.
  • Design systems to reduce harmful emissions.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Direct construction activities.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans.
  • Explain project details to the general public.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Prepare proposal documents.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Basic Engineer, Construction, Facilities, and Equipment Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Architecture/Medical Construction (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineer, Civil Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineering (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Combat Engineer Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • CWO - Civil Engineer Corps (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Engineer Equipment Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Engineer, General (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Facilities Design Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Facilities Research Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • LDO - Civil Engineer Corps (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • SC - Civil Engineer Corps (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Staff Facilities Engineer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Utilities Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Airport Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Drainage-Design Coordinator
  • Forest Engineer
  • Hydraulic Engineer
  • Irrigation Engineer
  • Production Engineer, Track
  • Railroad Engineer
  • Resource-Recovery Engineer
  • Sanitary Engineer
  • Structural Engineer