A civil engineer’s duties are to design and supervise large construction projects, which include building airports, tunnels, bridges, roadways, and water supply and sewage treatment systems.
A successful civil engineer must be able to solve complex problems and possess strong decision-making, leadership, math and writing skills.
A civil engineer in Nevada is required to complete a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from a program approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Typically, a civil engineering is a four-year program with coursework in mathematics, statistics, engineering mechanics, and fluid dynamics. Additional courses are required for engineering specialties, such as:
- Geotechnical Engineer
- Structural Engineer
- Transportation Engineer
Coursework includes a combination of classroom, laboratory and field work. Although advanced education is not required, a graduate degree is required for promotion to managerial positions within this field.
Nevada law requires all professional engineer license applicants to have a BS in Engineering from an approved institution. Before taking the professional licensing examination, applicants must submit a completed application to the Nevada Board of Engineering, and meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Applicants must have proof of the right to remain and work in the United States.
- School transcripts as proof of college education must be sent to the Board by the issuing institution.
- Applicants are required to provide references from licensed professionals.
- Applicants must be residents of the State of Nevada.
- Applicants must pay all appropriate fees.
Employment of civil engineers is expected to grow 19 percent by 2020. Demand for civil engineers will increase as infrastructure ages and populations grow. Civil engineers will be needed to rebuild bridges, repair roads and dams, and build additional water treatment system to support the state’s expanding population.
Currently, Nevada Civil Engineering salaries range from $58k to $80. Although most civil engineers work full time, most work on projects with contractual deadlines, resulting in longer hours in order to meet those deadlines.