Civil engineers are in high demand, but many people in Idaho and nationwide perceive them as limited to construction projects. In reality, civil engineers are often multi-talented in many trades and endeavors, which make them an important part of any design, construction or surveying team. To get an idea of this often dynamic career choice, here are some of the types of businesses and entities that hire civil engineers:
- Agencies and municipalities: Public entities see no end to the projects they must accomplish. Road construction and maintenance often features prominently in the public mind due to the inconvenience that often comes with improvement. However, fortifying bridges, modifying hydroelectric plants and maintaining water pump stations also require the expertise of civil engineers. Land planning is a big element due to the immensity of some projects. Local, state and federal agencies will always be a source of job security for the enterprising civil engineer.
- Schools: From aging infrastructure to new construction, schools often present their own challenges that frequently benefit from civil engineering. Designing classrooms for STEM subjects is one element where engineers may get involved, but retrofitting schools to withstand natural disasters is a priority, as well. In addition to learning facilities, sports amenities and playgrounds also enjoy improvements recommended in civil engineering consultations.
- Architecture and construction firms: There is, of course, the old standby where civil engineers are retained for building construction. Architects assure the outward beauty, and engineers make sure it works out. Structural integrity, system design—such as plumbing and electric—and land grading are all handled by engineers.
- Property developers: This can be a large source of work, especially for engineering firms that also offer land planning and surveying. Along with conducting surveys that assure a site is suitable for a particular type of construction, subdivision design and environmental matters are also addressed. It is important to consider items like erosion control and storm water management, or the ambitious plans for a luxury subdivision can easily create a flooded mess.
- For-profit business: A warehouse may experience water buildup with every storm, or an office foundation may start slipping. Severe weather often reveals new weaknesses in land or structure, meaning new adjustments for drainage and erosion. Businesses, whether they are service or manufacturing based, face challenges that need engineering help. Civil engineers can suggest changes, or even recommend that older properties be demolished and rebuilt in the most severe circumstances.
- Homeowners: It is not just big businesses or government agencies that need civil engineers. Homeowners also invest in renovations or new construction. If a home has a structural issue, an engineering consultation is often needed in order to use insurance. The same is true when homes sustain damage in natural disasters. Another way engineers help homeowners is to assess sites before they begin building their dream homes. There are many elements that can affect a home’s stability, and engineers are trained to help with that.
If you require civil engineers in Idaho for your project, contact Mason & Stanfield, Inc. We offer civil engineering, land planning and surveying services and are licensed in Idaho and Oregon.