Structural Engineer

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Civil Engineers


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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.
  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
  • 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.
  • Manage and direct the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Design energy efficient or environmentally sound civil structures. 
  • Identify environmental risks and develop risk management strategies for civil engineering projects. 
  • Direct engineering activities ensuring compliance with environmental, safety, or other governmental regulations. 
  • Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, or other topographical or geologic data.
  • Conduct studies of traffic patterns or environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess potential project impact. 
  • 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. 
  • Analyze manufacturing processes or byproducts to identify engineering solutions to minimize the output of carbon or other pollutants. 
  • Analytical or scientific software — Hydraulic modeling software; Minitab  ; The MathWorks MATLAB   inTR-55 
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software
  • Computer aided design CAD software  — Autodesk AutoCAD  ; Dassault Systemes CATIA  ; PTC Creo Parametric  ; Research Engineers International STAAD.Pro 
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software  ; Microsoft Access
  • Development environment software — Formula translation/translator FORTRAN; National Instruments LabVIEW  ; Verilog 
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat 
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook 
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML 
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP 
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks  ; Bentley GeoPak Bridge; Graphics software
  • Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer; Web browser software
  • Map creation software — Cartography software; ESRI ArcGIS software  ; ESRI ArcView; Intergraph MGE 
  • Object or component oriented development software — Microsoft ActiveX
  • Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect; Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint 
  • Project management software — Cost estimating software; Microsoft Project  ; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management  ; The Gordian Group PROGEN Online
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel 
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

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