Construction, planning, structural organisation and finally implementation are the main activities of civil engineers. They not only undertake classical building planning, but are also involved in infrastructural issues, such as how traffic and transport routes and drinking water supplies affect the construction and maintenance of buildings.
Another important part of a civil engineer’s activities include the energy efficiency-related reconstruction and refurbishment of buildings. They look at how buildings and facilities can be constructed to be as energy-efficient as possible, weighing the pros and cons of using renewable resources.
Civil engineers investigate the architectural feasibility of construction projects, oversee funding, and make sure safety standards are considered. They also assume responsibility for facility management.
Civil engineers may be hired by the following employers: construction firms, engineering offices, real estate firms, IT firms, transport firms, government offices and engineering organisations, the construction vehicle industry and the building materials industry.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree program 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.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V. (Main Association of the German Construction Industry)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)