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Civil Engineering Salaries: Does Yours Measure Up?

I received a call today from a civil engineering Senior Project Manager. During the conversation he asked me, “How does my salary measure up against others?” Over my 25+ years of recruiting, this is one of the most frequently asked question.  And, it is not easily...

2013 E-Week

Celebrating Engineering Week

This is "ENGINEERS WEEK" and we encourage you to get involved! It isn't too late. This year the theme is "Celebrating Awesome." Please visit NSPE and ASCE to see what events are scheduled in your area.   Let us know how you are celebrating the civil engineering...

Hoover Dam

Demand For Engineers Increases: Infrastructure Asset Management & Sustainability

Engineers that understand infrastructure asset management are in demand within the U.S. engineering marketplace. Infrastructure asset management specifically focuses on the need to sustain structures such as highways, bridges, water treatment facilities, electric utility and transmission lines in addition to many others. Mounting pressures to cut...

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Civil Engineering Accomplishments Evoke Emotions

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge always brings a smile to my face. As a Marylander, I have traveled the Bay Bridge each summer on my way to the beach. Reaching the bridge symbolized that I had hit the halfway mark - another couple of hours and...

Corp of Engineers

Civil Engineering Firms and Hiring Retired Military

This week I was thrilled to hear a client say, "My ideal candidate would be someone who was in a leadership role in the Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, etc." Throughout my 20+ years as an executive recruiter for the civil engineering industry,  I have...

Sustainable Highways

Sustainable Highways, Transportation & GREENROADS?

The Civil Engineering Central blogs have often discussed the need for sustainable transportation in the U.S. Whether we discussed transit, high speed rail, the SCHWEEB or SkyTran, we are fascinated with the concept of finding a way to be better to our planet while getting where...

Internship

What Happened To The Civil Engineering Internship?

Another casualty of the economic downturn: The Civil Engineering Internship.   Recently I received a call from a career development coordinator for the engineering department at a respected university. We discussed the difficulty in finding internship placement for her recent civil engineering graduates. In the past,...

Engineers & Politics

Civil Engineering & Local Politics: Should You Run For Office?

It is that time of year again and the political landscape is heating up! A Google search shows that past/current mayors of Omaha, NE,  City of East Orange, N.J. and Norton, OH were/are civil engineers. Current Portland, OR mayoral  candidate,  Steve Sung,  spent 32 years...

job offers

Choosing Between Civil Engineering Job Offers

Spring has sprung and there appears to be a sense of energy within the civil engineering job market. As a civil engineering recruiter, my phone is ringing from companies looking to hire and from experienced civil engineers ready to make a job change. Fortunate candidates...

Work Burnout

Civil Engineers and Architects: Work Burnout. Get Motivated!

Whether you are employed or looking for a job, undoubtedly you have experienced work burnout. It is inevitable at some point. Most of us crave security. We want to know we can pay our bills and play along the way. That is usually enough motivation for me....