Civil Engineers are in great demand in Canada to rebuild an aging infrastructure and fill positions left by retiring workers.

The Job

Work realities:
Civil Engineers visit jobsites where roads, bridges, dams, plants, buildings, and other structures are under construction, but do much of their work in an office. They may work in the public or private sector, in engineering consulting firms, construction firms or other industries, for the government, or are self-employed.

Civil Engineers plan and design civil projects such as buildings, bridges, water and waste management systems, dams, and more. They also monitor construction and conduct needed feasibility, environmental, and other studies. Though they work on big projects, an important aspect of their job is to make sure that even the smallest details function correctly and safely.

Future possibilities:
Civil Engineers can advance to senior engineering and supervisory positions. At junior levels, they can easily move to different specialities in the field, allowing them to explore their possibilities and find their desired niche.


Contactors hire recent graduates and experienced Civil Engineering professionals to work in planning, designing, developing, and managing infrastructure projects.To capitalize on the booming demand, successful civil engineers need a great education, required technical skills, along with problem-solving and analytical skills. Their jobs require excellent computing skills, with knowledge of programs such as AutoCad, AutoCadCD, or MIcrostation.

Required Skills and Training

Civil Engineers must have a bachelor's degree, usually in Civil Engineering with specialties in environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources, and construction engineering and management. A graduate degree in Civil Engineering that furthers specialization is necessary to advance in the field.

Many employers prefer graduates with coursework and a co-op placement for entry-level jobs. Many positions require several years of experience.

Skills and Certifications:
Civil engineers require licensing by a provincial or territorial association to practise as a Professional Engineer. They must also register within their province after graduation and pass a professional licensing test after three or four years of practice. Some employers require Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.


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