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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering involves the design, construction and maintenance of almost every aspect of our man-made and natural environments. It’s a diverse field with many great opportunities.

Primarily, civil engineers work on civil infrastructure, such as highways, railways, airports, transit systems, bridges, tunnels and other structures. They are also becoming increasingly involved in biomedical projects and are playing a key role in the search for solutions to the environmental challenges that affect existing infrastructure and industries.

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Material properties
  • Environmental engineering
  • Analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Computer skills, including use of spreadsheets, databases and computer programming to solve practical civil engineering problems
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Research and design
  • Teamwork and project management

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Airport Engineer
  • Appraisal Engineer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Bridge Engineer
  • Building Envelope Engineer
  • Building Inspector
  • Cartographic Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Coastal Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Dams Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Drainage Design Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Foundation Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Infrastructure Asset Manager Engineer
  • Irrigation and Drainage Engineer
  • Land Development Engineer
  • Materials and Testing Engineer
  • Reclamation Engineer
  • Sanitation Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Surveying Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Urban Planner
  • Water Resource Engineer

Potential Industries

  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation
  • Geotechnical
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments
  • Pipelines and Petrochemicals
  • Public Administration
  • Research and Development
  • Sewage System Management
  • Structural
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning
  • Water Resources


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Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Engineering Student Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.5732

Engineering Career Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.3089


Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020