How to write a Civil Engineer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Civil Engineer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Civil Engineer job titles

    Civil Engineer
    Junior Civil Engineer
    Permitting and Licensing Civil Engineer
    Civil Engineer (Part-Time)
    Structural Engineer

Civil Engineer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Civil Engineer job summary

Our commercial architectural firm requires an experienced, highly technical Civil Engineer to join our team of design professionals. We’re a progressive, tight-knit company with significant expansion plans. We offer several opportunities for promotion if you meet our needs, especially if you have experience with concrete restoration. Our portfolio includes numerous high-profile clients, so if you are looking to expand your repertoire and improve your resume, this position is the perfect fit for you. Our firm primarily manages commercial projects in the industrial sector, so experience or knowledge of that area is a plus. The successful candidate will also be responsible for overseeing the engineering department.

Civil Engineer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Civil Engineer responsibilities

    Analyse photographs, drawings and maps to inform the direction of projects as well as the overall budget constraints
    Ensure project feasibility through continual evaluation of structural integrity and design practicality
    Create designs that utilise a variety of materials
    Perform and adjust quantity calculations for practical and budgetary purposes
    Communicate with team members as well as customers and vendors to ensure maximum cohesion and fluidity on projects
    Forecast design and construction time frames
    Inspect project sites to ensure they meet relevant codes and are progressing properly

Civil Engineer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Civil Engineer skills

    Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
    10+ years’ civil engineering experience
    SE licence highly desirable
    Extensive AutoCAD experience
    Highly developed team management and leadership skills
    Working knowledge of HydroCAD modelling

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