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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