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Civil Engineers perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, dams, irrigation projects, pipeline, power plants, water and sewage system, waste disposal units, and other civil engineering structures.
Basic Educational Requirement
A diploma in Civil Engineering is required and practice of profession requires a license from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Skills and Competencies
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
Locally, civil engineers receive a monthly salary ranging from P15,000 - P21,000 depending on the type of employer.
In the US, civil engineers receive a monthly salary of $4,660 to $6,300, again depending on the type of employer.
In other foreign countries, pay and benefits are definitely higher than local rates.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Civil Engineers may advance into supervisory positions, taking complete charge of a construction project as Project Engineer. This involves bigger responsibilities which consist of directing construction, operations, and maintenance activities at project site.
Another area to further advance their career is to engage in consultancy services wherein they provide technical advice regarding design, construction, or program modification and structural repairs to industrial and managerial personnel. They may also render services in the conduct of scientific studies to identify engineering problems and assess the potential impact of projects.
Locally, the demand for Civil Engineers depends on the current state of the construction industry. A construction boom will spur the demand for Civil Engineers and other skilled construction workers. Government spending on infrastructure will likewise push the demand for this type of workers.
Overseas, the demand for engineers and other construction workers of various skills will continue in the Middle East, Korea, The Caribian islands, Malaysia, Ireland and Canada.
Cost of Education *
In a public university, a course in Civil Engineering cost approximately P3,400 per semester or a total of P34,000 for the entire five- year course.
In a private institution, the total cost may range between P310,000 in less expensive schools to P515,000 in the more expensive schools.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2007 - 2008
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