Concrete Engineer

Be the construction site's go-to person when it comes to cement.
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$51,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Concrete Engineers do?

Concrete is a shapeshifter. It starts as a powder, becomes a liquid, and ends up a solid mass. Because concrete is so easy to control and shape, it’s used in a variety of construction projects, including tunnels, bridges, buildings, sidewalks, and more. When concrete is used in a project, a Concrete Engineer manages the details.

Concrete Engineers study the site carefully at the beginning of a project to determine how much concrete is needed and how it should be poured to ensure a strong and stable structure. Sometimes, you suggest tweaking the amount of sand in the concrete mixture; other times, you suggest that iron bars be included to support the concrete.

While Concrete Engineers love to talk about concrete and are willing to do so at length, most Contractors and Architects don’t have time to listen to a lecture. So you detail your thoughts in a series of drawings and written reports instead. A Drafter helps you create the drawings, and an Administrative Assistant may type up your notes.

As the design phase progresses, the owner of the project makes small revisions, and you tinker with your design accordingly. This process can last several months, and you may issue the same documents over and over.

When the actual construction begins, you visit the site from time to time to make sure your instructions are being followed. Sometimes, you take samples of the concrete on the site, and you check its strength and durability, and measure its thickness. If you find any discrepancies, you work with the Contractor to get those problems fixed.

Should I be a Concrete Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Contracting Engineer

    How to become a Concrete Engineer

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