Construction engineers focus primarily on the design and building of large structures such as skyscrapers, office towers, malls and amusement parks. They may also work in conjunction with other types of engineering projects such as dams and railways.
This profession differs from general construction management positions in that it requires analytical thinking, strong math skills and higher education.
Earning a degree in civil engineering is the first step to becoming a construction engineer. In most circumstances, construction experience and passing a civil engineering exam are also required.
While construction engineers focus on the overall vision of a structure, they do work with an entire range of experts for the execution of these designs. Below is a listing of the varied professions that construction engineers work hand-in-hand with:
General contractors oversee the construction of various structures. Most general contractors specialize in residential, industrial or commercial building projects. Some general contractors only work with large projects, such as series of warehouses or the homes for new neighborhood. Others hire out independently to make repairs or complete add-on construction.
An architect develops the structural plans and blue prints for homes, offices, churches, storage facilities, schools and any other building you see. Architects plan both the aesthetic features and the strength of a structure. They’re responsible for the safety and integrity of a construction project design.
Landscape architects design gardens, parks, residential areas, school grounds, golf courses, playgrounds and any other land where landscaping is desired. They work for private individuals, companies and government agencies. Many landscape architects are self-employed.
An architectural engineer combines design and engineering principles to create efficient and safe structures. They’re also called on to apply their engineering skills to resolve architectural issues. Architectural engineers ensure that a building’s operating systems coordinate properly with the design of the structure.
An architectural designer focuses on the aesthetic design of structures rather than the construction aspect of building. This type of architect tends to be more creative and artistic. Architectural designing often receives the greatest emphasis during college courses, but many architects become more involved in the structure and management of building once they enter the work world.
Plumbers provide vital services in home, commercial and industrial construction. They install and repair water, waste, gas and drainage systems. Professional plumbers also put in bathroom and kitchen fixtures along with many appliances such as dishwashers and disposals.
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Construction project managers develop, oversee and budget commercial, residential and industrial building projects. Some project managers specialize in one type of construction.