Civil engineers (NOC 2131)

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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, systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution, and sanitation
  • may also specialize in foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying, geomatics and municipal planning
  • work for engineering consulting companies, government, construction firms and in many other industries, or they may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • engineer, appraisal
  • engineer, architectural
  • engineer, asphalt / highway
  • engineer, hydrographic / hydrological
  • engineer, irrigation and drainage
  • engineer, noise / pollution
  • engineer, appraisal
  • engineer, architectural
  • engineer, asphalt / highway
  • engineer, bridge / tunnel / builiding
  • engineer, cartographic / mapping
  • engineer, civil - environmental


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Civil engineers:

  • consult with clients and other members of the engineering team and carry out research to determine project requirements
  • plan and design major public projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, water and waste management systems, and structural steel fabrications
  • create construction specifications and procedures
  • assess and recommend appropriate building and construction materials
  • interpret, review and approve survey and public design work
  • carry out field services for public works
  • ensure construction plans meet guidelines and specifications of building codes and other regulations
  • organize and oversee construction work schedules
  • carry out feasibility studies, economic analyses, municipal and regional traffic studies, environmental impact studies, or other investigations
  • oversee air, water and soil quality and develop procedures to clean up contaminated sites
  • carry out 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

Special duties

Civil engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and obtain knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practice in areas of science, engineering, urban planning, sales, marketing or management.

Work environment

Work is typically performed in an office, or an outdoor environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Civil engineering technologists:

  • need to complete a two-year technology diploma in civil engineering or a closely related discipline

Civil engineering technicians:

  • are usually required to complete a one or two-year technician certificate in civil engineering technology or a closely related discipline

The Civil Engineering Technology Diploma is nationally recognized by the Canadian Council of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (CTAB) and the Applied Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC).

Full-time students in this or another recognized program in the field may apply for student membership in ASTTBC.

Diploma graduates are eligible for graduate technologists (ASTTBC) membership, and may apply for registration as an applied science technologist after completing a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

Certification may be required for some positions. For more information, see the ASTTBC website at

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.


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  • Motor Coordination
  • Clerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Social
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Civil Engineering Technology Related
  • Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Engineering Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

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Career paths and resources

Career paths

Supervisory and senior positions in this group require experience, although there is considerable mobility between civil engineering specializations at the less senior levels.

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