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Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Tape measures
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  • Levels
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  • Rulers
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  • Distance meters
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  • Measuring wheels for distance
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Map creation software
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  • Project management software
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  • Development environment software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.
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  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
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  • Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations or establish reference points, grades, or elevations to guide construction.
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  • Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.
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  • Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.
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  • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.
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  • Conduct studies of traffic patterns or environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess potential project impact.
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  • Analyze manufacturing processes or byproducts to identify engineering solutions to minimize the output of carbon or other pollutants.
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  • Design energy efficient or environmentally sound civil structures.
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  • Design or engineer systems to efficiently dispose of chemical, biological, or other toxic wastes.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $90,429.00 $43.47  $30.91  $34.01 - $51.22 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $91,401.00 $43.94  $31.88  $34.29 - $51.13 
    Danbury $98,236.00 $47.23  $29.50  $31.15 - $59.50 
    Hartford $90,388.00 $43.45  $30.54  $33.78 - $51.47 
    New Haven $86,824.00 $41.74  $30.26  $34.02 - $48.27 
    New London/Norwich $96,099.00 $46.20  $33.60  $37.51 - $55.90 
    Waterbury $65,315.00 $31.40  $26.03  $26.71 - $34.93 
    Torrington $84,576.00 $40.66  $30.29  $31.85 - $46.80 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   136
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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