Segments in this Video

Civil Engineers: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:33)


Paul Shultes has been a civil engineer for over 30 years. He works on highway and bridge projects, delivering plans and specifications so the state can bid projects.

Civil Engineers: Career Beginnings (01:19)

Shultes became interested in highways as a youth. He obtained a master's degree in civil engineering, was hired by a transportation engineering company, and changed jobs to be more involved with highway design engineering.

Civil Engineers: Keys for Success (00:57)

Apply yourself in detailed engineering and have an interest in all aspects of a project to see the big picture.

Civil Engineers: Education and Certification Requirements (01:39)

Obtain a master's degree immediately or shortly after high school. Most engineers are licensed, requiring a fundamentals of engineering exam and a professional engineer exam. Most states require continuing education.

Civil Engineers: Workplace Atmosphere (02:23)

Shultes' office environment is relaxed most of the time. He routinely works 40-45 hours a week; longer hours when deadlines approach. Travel somewhat depends on the branch of engineering; telecommuting is possible at times.

Civil Engineers: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:25)

Have an open mind and try a few things. Shultes believes it is wise to change employers after a few years.

Civil Engineers: Day on the Job (01:28)

Shultes begins each day by communicating with those who are waiting to hear from him. He then turns his attention to specific tasks; after 3PM is a productive time.

Civil Engineers: Industry Goals and Services (01:25)

Civil engineers are traditionally hired to prepare plans and a cost estimate for a product that needs built. Civil engineering affects everyone. Engineers and contractors are increasingly combining.

Civil Engineers: Industry Challenges (01:22)

Financing the repair or replacement of aging infrastructure is a challenge.

Civil Engineers: Looking at the Future (02:18)

Autonomous vehicles will dramatically impact civil engineering. The need for civil engineering will continue unabated and become more high tech.

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Civil Engineers—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a civil engineer? In this Career Q&A video interview, Paul L. Shultes talks about his career path, what he does on the job, and the keys to success in civil engineering. He also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 15 minutes

Item#: BVL138540

ISBN: 978-1-64023-616-5

Copyright date: ©2017

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