CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Civil Engineers, Including Traffic

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Analyze survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical or geologic data to plan projects.
Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems and structures, following construction and government standards, using design software and drawing tools.
Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, and material stress factors to determine design specifications.
Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.
Direct or participate in surveying to lay out installations and establish reference points, grades, and elevations to guide construction.
Estimate quantities and cost of materials, equipment, or labor to determine project feasibility.
Prepare or present public reports on topics such as bid proposals, deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.
Test soils and materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.
Provide technical advice regarding design, construction, or program modifications and structural repairs to industrial and managerial personnel.
Conduct studies of traffic patterns or environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess the potential impact of projects.
Manage and direct staff members and the construction, operations, or maintenance activities at project site.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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.
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.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk Land Desktop Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley Haestad Methods CivilStorm Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley InRoads Site Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley MicroStation Computer aided design CAD software
Bridge design software Computer aided design CAD software
Cartography software Map creation software
Corel WordPerfect software Word processing software
Cost estimating software Project management software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
ESRI ArcInfo Map creation software
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
Eagle Point Site Design Computer aided design CAD software
Email software Electronic mail software
Formula translation/translator FORTRAN Development environment software
GT STRUDL Computer aided design CAD software
Geographic information system GIS software Map creation software
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
HEC-1 Analytical or scientific software
HEC-HMS Analytical or scientific software
Hydraulic analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Hydraulic modeling software Analytical or scientific software
HydroCAD Software Solutions HydroCAD Stormwater Modeling System Computer aided design CAD software
Intergraph MGE Map creation software
Mathsoft Mathcad Computer aided design CAD software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Project Project management software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Research Engineers International STAAD.Pro Computer aided design CAD software
Road design software Computer aided design CAD software
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Stormwater hydrology software Computer aided design CAD software
The Gordian Group PROGEN Online Project management software
Trimble Geomatics Office Analytical or scientific software
Trimble Terramodel Computer aided design CAD software
Web browser software Internet browser software
WinTR-55 Analytical or scientific software
Anemometers Anemometers
Blueprint copiers Photocopiers
Compasses Compasses
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Dividers Compasses
Drafting scales Scales
Drafting triangles Triangles
Electronic distance measuring devices Distance meters
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
Laser levels Levels
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Microfilm readers Microfiche or microfilm viewers
Planimeters Map measurers
Precision levels Levels
Protractors Protractors
Radar guns Speed sensors
Rhodes arcs Distance meters
Rolling scales Scales
Steel rules Rulers
Surveying rods Measuring rods
Surveying wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Theodolites Theodolites
Thickness gauges Thickness measuring devices
Total stations Theodolites
Traffic counters Electronic counters
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Two way radios Two way radios
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
Alternate Job Title(s)
Airport Engineer
Architectural Engineer
Asphalt Engineer
Automation Engineer
Base Engineer
Bridge Design Engineer
Bridge Engineer
Building Construction Engineer
Building Engineer
Cadastral Engineer
Cartographic Engineer
City Engineer
Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering Manager
Concrete Engineer
Condemnation Engineer
Construction Engineer
Contracting Engineer
County Engineer
Demolition Engineer
Design Engineer
District Engineer
Drainage Design Coordinator
Drainage Engineer
Energy Infrastructure Engineer
Environmental Construction Engineer
Erecting Engineer
Facilities Engineer
Forest Engineer
Forestry Engineer
Foundation Engineer
Geodetic Engineer
Geological Engineer
Geotechnical Engineer
Highway Design Engineer
Highway Engineer
Highway Research Engineer
Highway Safety Engineer
Hydraulic Engineer
Hydroelectric Plant Structural Engineer
Hydrographic Engineer
Irrigation Engineer
Maintenance Engineer
Mapping Engineer
Material Engineer
Municipal Engineer
Plans Examiner
Process Engineer
Project Engineer
Project Manager
Railroad Design Consultant
Railroad Engineer
Reclamation Engineer
Research Hydraulic Engineer
Reservoir Engineer
Resident Engineer
Resource Recovery Engineer
Road Design Engineer
Road Engineer
Sanitary Engineer
Street Engineer
Stress Engineer
Structural Design Engineer
Structural Designer
Structural Engineer
Structural Steel Engineer
Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
Topographical Engineer
Track Production Engineer
Traffic Engineer
Transportation Analyst
Transportation Consultant
Transportation Engineer
Traveling Engineer
Utility Engineer
Wastewater Plant Civil Engineer
Water Systems Designer
Water Systems Engineer
Zoning Engineer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Civil Engineers, Including Traffic
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