As you drive back and forth during your busy schedule, stop and take a look at some of the buildings in your city. They're quite amazing. How do they support so much pressure for so long? Skyscrapers are especially wowing. It seems almost impossible that something that tall can stay up without collapsing. Construction engineering is truly and art and science.
What is construction engineering exactly?
Construction engineering deals with the design and building of highways, structures, bridges, and railroads. Your job is to draw up blueprints, estimate the costs, allocate the resources, test your plans, monitor the inventory, and supervise the actual construction of whatever project you are currently working on. Think of it as architecture, construction, engineering, and urban planning all rolled into one career. Not surprisingly, you need extensive training in this field.
What will your training involve?
Because construction engineers are legally responsible for their work, you will need a deep understanding of the mechanics and physics involved with construction. However, you are also a businessperson of sorts since you must manage the money, materials, and resources involved. You have to make sure that everything runs smoothly, on schedule, and under budget. Thus management acumen is as essential as architectural knowledge.
The goods news
The population is getting larger every day. This, in and of itself, is not good news per se, but it means that the country will need more buildings, better designed roads, and stronger bridges. You can help satisfy this demand by completing your education, securing a degree, and starting a career in construction engineering.
Publish date: February 10, 2011