Civil Engineer


  • Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation.
  • Civil engineers may also specialize in foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying, geomatics and municipal planning.
  • Civil engineers are employed by engineering consulting companies, in all levels of government organizations, construction firms and in many other industries, or they may be self-employed.


  • Confer with clients and other members of the engineering team and conduct research to determine project requirements.
  • Plan and design major civil projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, water and waste management systems and structural steel fabrications.
  • Develop construction specifications and procedures.
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate building and construction material.
  • Interpret, review and approve survey and civil design work.
  • Conduct field services for civil works.
  • Ensure construction plans meet guidelines and specifications of building codes and other regulations.
  • Establish and monitor construction work schedules.
  • Conduct feasibility studies, economic analyses, municipal and regional traffic studies, environmental impact studies or other investigations.
  • Monitor air, water and soil quality and develop procedures to clean up contaminated sites.
  • Conduct technical analyses of survey and field data for development of topographic, soil, hydrological or other information and prepare reports.
  • Act as project or site supervisor for land survey or construction work.
  • Prepare contract documents and review and evaluate tenders for construction projects.
  • Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers and review and approve designs, calculations and cost estimates.

Job Titles:

  • Bridge Engineer
  • Civil Engineer.
  • Construction Engineer.
  • Environmental Engineer.
  • Geodetic Engineer.
  • Geomatics Engineer.
  • Highway Engineer.
  • Hydraulics Engineer.
  • Municipal Engineer.
  • Project Engineer, Construction.
  • Public Works Engineer.
  • Sanitation Engineer.
  • Structural Engineer.
  • Surveying Engineer.
  • Traffic Engineer.
  • Transportation Engineer.
  • Water Management Engineer.


  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.


Most of the opportunities are in Alberta and Ontario.