Civil Engineer Education and Career

Most probably everyone in high school who wants to go to university has questions such as “what does this occupation do” and/or “what will I do if I choose these departments”.  As HEMA family, we prepared this article to help young individuals who plan to choose or heard about civil engineering from people around them. After reading this article, we would like to wish good luck to our young friends who want to study civil engineering.

The main topic of this article will try to answer “what will I end up with if I study civil engineering?” question. To do that, we first need to talk about university courses in civil engineering and main fields. Actually, it is possible to say that civil engineering is divided into 8 main fields. If we can list these fields as:

  • Reinforced concrete structures
  • Wood and steel structures
  • Transportation
  • Building materials
  • Soil mechanics
  • Mechanics
  • Hydraulic
  • Construction management

While the naming and grouping may vary in other resources, the general framework is this. Both courses from these fields and general engineering courses (mathematics, physics, chemistry, history, statistics, economy etc.) are given to the students in their undergraduate life and the main purpose for these courses is to help civil engineers to cope with all types of problems they might face in life. Civil engineers will face problems related to almost all fields above and they are expected to solve these problems. You might be asking, “how can I almost perfectly know all of these?” or you might say “don’t exaggerate it”. Of course, you can’t know everything perfectly but as an engineer, knowing where the solution will be even though you do not know everything perfectly will be more than half of the solution.

If we talk about the work-life in addition to education, there are various work fields as we can see from the main field above. It is possible to start as a field engineer in construction sites and rise to project managers or start as technical office engineer in technical offices and rise to technical office chief and work in these fields. In addition to these, working in the public sector or as academics in the universities are among other alternatives. We will be sharing detailed information and our options in the following articles.

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