An Inside Look at Civil Engineering

From highway systems to bridges and airports to water supply systems, the work of a civil engineer can be seen all around us. Civil engineers build, design, supervise, and maintain construction systems and projects that are found in both the public and private sector. They have the important role of ensuring the overall safety of the society that interacts with the projects they’re a part of for years to come. As your Brevard County civil engineers and contractors, we take our job very seriously to bring our clients the absolute best in the industry.

Responsibilities and Duties

Civil engineers wear many hats and often have varying responsibilities that go into planning and overseeing construction efforts and projects. Their background in engineering helps to create facilities that are safe, sturdy, and made to last. In addition to enforcing safe practices, civil engineers play a big role in ensuring regulatory compliance of projects by obtaining the appropriate project permits. Some of the many duties and responsibilities of a civil engineer include:

  • Ensure that projects comply with applicable regulations by submitting various permits to local, state, and federal agencies
  • Utilize design software to create transportation systems and structures that meet industry and government standards
  • Analyzing survey reports, maps, and other data to plan construction projects
  • Factor in construction costs, environmental hazards, regulations, and all other potential factors to plan and conduct a risk analysis for a project
  • Oversee and perform surveying operations to establish elevations and reference points for construction
  • Manage the maintenance and repair of public and private infrastructure
  • Oversee and perform soil testing to evaluate the strength and feasibility of a foundation
  • Test specific materials, such as steel or concrete, for use in specific projects
  • Create cost estimates for labor, materials, and equipment to determine the financial feasibility of a project

Types of Civil Engineers

Since many civil engineers work on complex projects, some civil engineers choose to specialize in a specific area, such as:

  • Construction engineers: This type of civil engineer primarily works with the management of construction projects. They help to keep projects in accordance with building plans and specifications and are usually responsible for the design and safety of temporary structures that may be used during construction.
  • Geotechnical engineers: These engineers work with the foundations of structures. They look at how structures are built and how they interact with the earth to make sure they’re solid and designed to account for slopes or other specifications.
  • Structural engineers: Structural engineers help to ensure the strength and durability of major projects, such as bridges, dams, or buildings.
  • Transportation engineers: These engineers work with the planning and design of everyday systems like streets and highways, but they also can work with larger projects, such as airports, mass transit systems, and harbors.

Civil engineers earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a specialty, or in civil engineering technology. Some of their coursework includes math, statistics, fluid dynamics, engineering mechanics and systems, and more. Civil engineers must be able to communicate effectively, have strong decision making skills, problem solving skills, organizational skills, and more to effectively manage projects and teams.

Oftentimes civil engineers are the people behind the scenes of constructions projects that create many of the important buildings and structures that are utilized by societies every day. They work to ensure both the safety and timeliness of a construction project and propose solutions when conflicts arise. As your Central Florida resource for civil engineering, we’re proud to offer a variety of services to bring your project from conception to completion. Some of our services include:

  • Accessibility Compliance
  • Site Plans
  • Petroleum Design
  • Agency Permitting
  • Sanitary Sewer
  • Domestic Water
  • Utilities
  • Photometrics
  • On-Site Sanitary Systems

From permitting to land feasibility and cost estimates to zoning changes, the civil engineers at MEC work with our staff of engineering and construction professionals to keep your commercial construction project on track in terms of both budget and time. There’s many different duties that civil engineers balance every day and the team at MEC has the expertise and experience to get the job done and get the job done well. Request your complimentary consultation to discover why we’ve been providing Central Florida with reputable design and build services for over 40 years.


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