Construction, planning, building organisation, and finally the execution of construction itself constitute the main field of activity of civil engineers. They do not only take on the classic planning of buildings but also concern themselves with infrastructural measures such as the construction and maintenance of transport routes or drinking water supply systems.
Energy-oriented modernisation of buildings constitutes an increasingly significant share of their work.
Civil Engineers examine the feasibility of architectural building proposals, calculate their financing, and include safety standards. Subsequently, if required, they also assume the responsibilities of Facility Management.
Employers of Civil Engineering graduates include, for example, construction companies, engineering firms, real estate companies, IT companies, transport companies, specialised administrative bodies and associations, the construction equipment industry, and the building materials industry.
Surveying can be roughly divided into three parts: engineering surveying (construction of buildings, roads, bridges and tunnels), land surveying (making maps), and real estate surveyin g (locatting the exact boundaries of a property). Thus, on-site activities is part of the job.
Geodesists are also involved in the development of modern geo-informational systems or satellite navigation systems. Consequently, there is a strong reference to information technology.
Generally speaking, it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.