The Different Types of Civil Engineers

Posted: May 1, 2018 at 8:18 am

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is what has defined the United Kingdom from constructing, managing and maintaining its infrastructure and creatively solving its problems. From roads to airports and sewerage systems, civil engineering is all around us and impacts our lives on a daily basis.

What skills do civil engineers have?

Civil engineering is such an important profession that contributes to the smooth running of our lives. And, there are specific skills and qualities that they must possess.

Technical skills

A good civil engineer must have a reasonable level of maths and physics as accuracy, and logical problem solving is hugely important.

Project management

Being able to set tasks up, manage them efficiently and evaluate the work is crucial to ensure that the work is completed in a law-abiding way.

Communication skills

Being able to communicate effectively and listen to others is a highly sought after skill for civil engineers as engineers need to communicate to give ideas and direct without leaving any ambiguity.


Developing solutions requires a certain level of innovation. From finding methods to reduce CO2 emissions to be able to build Palm Islands, creativity is vital.

Critical thinking

Being faced with complex problems on a day to day basis means they need to be able to critically assess the pros and cons of all possible solutions to choose the best solution.

Structural engineering

Structural engineering involves analysing and designing structures to sustain and underpin the built environment.

These buildings aim to be safe, serviceable, long lasting, aesthetically pleasing and economical.

Geotechnical engineering

Any piece of infrastructure built must be connected to the ground in some shape or form. Geotechnical engineering understands how the building will interact with the ground.

For whatever project you’re doing, the ground will always be different meaning you’ll always be challenged and no two days will ever be the same.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering is identifying and developing solutions that work effectively for the environment with the aim to prevent harmful chemicals and biological contents into the air, water and soil.

There are many variations of environmental engineering, and they combine aspects of system design, chemical engineering, water and environmental sciences.

Transportation Engineering

Transportation engineering plays an essential role in the development of society with the water, air and land movement.

Transport engineers use mathematical techniques to solve many challenges in optimising the infrastructure.

With growing concerns about the environment, the transport planning stages are always looking for new ways to reduce emissions and energy use while keeping up with demand.

With this in mind, the primary challenge is to grow and develop the infrastructure under the many laws, legislation and regulations that are set in place.

Sustainable engineering

Sustainable engineering takes the concepts of environmental planning to a whole new level by being able to protect our environment while meeting the needs of our growing population.

  • Sustainable engineering holds many benefits such as:
  • Add value to the owner
  • Reduce operation costs
  • Reduce complaints
  • Ability to increase the rent
  • Retain tenants
  • Increase the market value of the building

Hydraulic engineering

Hydraulic engineering involves how water interacts with both the built and natural elements.

It looks at the way that the natural systems such as rivers behave and from that, infrastructures are designed for different methods of storing and directing water.

As you can see, there’s a huge range of what civil engineering covers and many different types of civil engineers. Find out what we specialise in here or contact us for more information.

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