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Azhar Shahzad

Why Become a Civil Engineer

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By building up environment Civil Engineers play with nature...

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Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

Why Become a Civil Engineer?

1. Civil engineers create the world around us

Civil engineers are the unsung heroes of the engineering world. Yet this jack-of-all-trades discipline is an incremental part of creating everything from tall skyscrapers and complex stadiums to bridges, railways and tunnels. As a civil engineer, your work influences where people work, relax, learn and live. You will be a part of helping society to become more advanced by adapting the infrastructure to meet challenges brought on by new technologies, population growth and climate change. Civil engineers know that even the simplest structure can include hundreds of “unknowns” which they have to be able to identify and solve in order to ensure the structure is operational, stays safe and stands the trial of use, environment and age. In addition to all this, civil engineers also play a key role during emergencies like droughts or natural disasters by helping those affected to recreate their living environment and the infrastructure that provides for their basic needs.

2. Civil engineers never have a dull moment

Civil engineers can work in a versatile range of positions and projects. Civil engineering specializations such as structural, environmental, geo-technical and transportation engineering all entitle challenging, constantly changing work environments and require creativity, adaptability, good problem-solving skills and ability to think on one’s feet. As a civil engineer, despite your area of specialization, you need to be sensitive to local and environmental challenges as well as to the requirements of different construction project participants. You need to have attention to detail while simultaneously understanding “the bigger picture”. In addition to the wide spectrum of challenges, the versatility of projects civil engineers can participate in ensures that you are unlikely to have a dull moment at work. You can work below the surface delivering tunnels, underground railways and energy and water supplies as well as above the surface creating roads, bridges, stadiums, hospitals, skyscrapers and many more. As a civil engineer, you are likely to be constantly on the move, sharing your time between the site, the office and perhaps even different geographical locations.

3. Civil engineers have a monument to show that they were there

While civil engineering can be somewhat stressful, the profession includes a huge sense of accomplishment to make it all worthwhile. Throughout history, civil engineers have participated in some of the most ambitious and incremental projects known to mankind. World-known ventures such as the Hoover Dam, the Great Wall of China and the Hardanger Bridge are tokens of the hard work and expertise of civil engineers. While you might have to start your civil engineering career with slightly smaller projects, the fact remains that by the end of the day you will have a monument to prove that "you've been there". You know all the challenges and effort that went into transforming the blueprints into a fully functional structure.

What do you think about Civil Engineering?

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