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SENIOR ENGINEER: At 14, Thought The Waste Water Treatment Plant Was Coolest Thing Ever

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Kim is a Senior Engineer at a waste water treatment plant, and works on construction projects that improve the performance of the plant. Inspired by a tour of a waste water plant when she was 14, she decided this was the path for her. After obtaining a degree in civil engineering she worked her way up to her current position. Her advice: find good mentors who are doing what you want and follow their lead.

Degree: Civil Engineering
Job Title: Senior Engineer

Job Summary: Civil Engineers

Job Description

Civil engineers design and supervise large construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

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Additional Info

Civil engineers who sell their own services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia. A license is required to exercise direct control of a project and to supervise other civil engineers, civil engineering technologists, and civil engineering technicians. A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program is generally required to obtain a license.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$50,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Mathematical skills, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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<span m='12750'>construction</span> <span m='13290'>projects</span> <span m='13800'>that</span> <span m='13920'>improve</span> <span m='14250'>the</span> <span m='14360'>performance</span> <span m='15020'>of</span> <span m='15250'>the</span> <span m='15310'>plant.</span> <span m='16670'>I</span> <span m='16780'>spend</span> <span m='17010'>a</span> <span m='17090'>lot</span> <span m='17300'>of</span> <span m='17380'>my</span> <span m='17590'>time</span> <span m='18120'>during</span> <span m='18430'>the</span> <span m='18520'>day</span> <span m='18780'>in</span> <span m='18900'>the</span> <span m='19030'>office,</span> <span m='20780'>answering</span> <span m='21130'>emails</span> <span m='21710'>and</span> <span m='22680'>reviewing</span> <span m='23100'>reports.</span> <span m='23690'>But</span> <span m='23810'>I</span> <span m='23890'>also</span> <span m='24100'>get</span> <span m='24240'>a</span> <span m='24340'>lot</span> <span m='24560'>of</span> <span m='24630'>time</span> <span m='24940'>outside</span> <span m='25370'>the</span> <span m='25460'>office</span> <span m='25820'>on</span> <span m='25940'>construction</span> <span m='26480'>sites,</span> <span m='31390'>getting</span> <span m='32030'>outside</span> <span m='32479'>and</span> <span m='32540'>watching</span> <span m='32930'>the</span> <span m='33010'>construction</span> <span m='33470'>actually</span> <span m='33910'>occur.</span> </p><p><span m='34740'>When</span> <span m='34940'>I</span> <span m='35000'>was</span> <span m='35140'>in</span> <span m='35220'>high</span> <span m='35360'>school,</span> <span m='35800'>I</span> <span m='36060'>took</span> <span m='36220'>a</span> <span m='36270'>tour</span> <span m='36520'>of</span> <span m='36560'>a</span> <span m='36640'>wastewater</span> <span m='37070'>treatment</span> <span m='37440'>plant.</span> <span m='37750'>And</span> <span m='37940'>thought</span> <span m='38120'>it</span> <span m='38190'>was</span> <span m='38460'>the</span> <span m='38540'>coolest</span> <span m='39030'>thing</span> <span m='39270'>ever,</span> <span m='40160'>and</span> <span m='40430'>decided</span> <span m='40850'>I</span> <span m='40890'>wanted</span> <span m='41290'>to</span> <span m='41600'>work</span> <span m='41890'>at</span> <span m='41980'>a</span> <span m='42040'>wastewater</span> <span m='42430'>treatment</span> <span m='42810'>plant.</span> <span m='43240'>I</span> <span m='43360'>decided</span> <span m='43730'>to</span> <span m='43800'>study</span> <span m='44240'>civil</span> <span m='44620'>engineering,</span> <span m='46670'>and</span> <span m='47130'>I</span> <span m='48090'>knew</span> <span m='48290'>from</span> <span m='48570'>the</span> <span m='48740'>age</span> <span m='48900'>of</span> <span m='48960'>14</span> <span m='49410'>that</span> <span m='49520'>this</span> <span m='49650'>is</span> <span m='49760'>what</span> <span m='49910'>I</span> <span m='49960'>wanted</span> <span m='50300'>to</span> <span m='50380'>do.</span> <span m='50610'>And</span> <span m='50800'>I</span> <span m='50950'>studied</span> <span m='51850'>engineering,</span> <span m='52590'>and</span> <span m='54300'>found</span> <span m='54610'>my</span> <span m='54780'>way</span> <span m='55120'>onto</span> <span m='55640'>a</span> <span m='56130'>wastewater</span> <span m='56630'>treatment</span> <span m='56980'>plant</span> <span m='57190'>that's</span> <span m='57440'>doing</span> <span m='57570'>a</span> <span m='57630'>lot</span> <span m='57780'>of</span> <span m='57830'>construction</span> <span m='58270'>work</span> <span m='58470'>right</span> <span m='58640'>now,</span> <span m='58850'>so</span> <span m='59010'>it's</span> <span m='59150'>a</span> <span m='59180'>great</span> <span m='59420'>spot.</span> </p><p><span m='60550'>My</span> <span m='60730'>advice</span> <span m='61070'>would</span> <span m='61180'>to</span> <span m='61480'>just</span> <span m='62380'>find</span> <span m='62670'>something</span> 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