Once you know the industry expectations, you can prepare yourself. Isn't it? Here is the guidance for you.
There are primarily six work areas in which industry expects you to be skilled, as given below.It is based on inputs from multiple industry experts. Industry expects you to be ready to work from day one of the job. You are expected to already be trained as they would not have time to train you. Know the trending skills and prepare yourself.
As a civil engineer, your industry expects you be skilled in following work areas:
3D Modelling and Detailing
Structural Design and Analysis
Foundation Design and Analysis
Construction management (PPM)
Prepare for all these areas to shine out in booming phase of the Civil industry.
All the Best!
REQUIRED DRAFTING SKILLS
It is used to draw floor plans, elevations, section, detailing of RCC, etc. For all practical purposes (e.g., design, construction, inspection, etc.) 2D drawing sheets are printed and distributed. These are mostly drawn in AutoCAD and AutoRebar. You must plan to be expert in same.
Floor plan, Section, Elevation, Site layout & more...
Most widely used software
Exterior, Interior 3D visualization – Rarely used in Civil Industry
Used for Rebar detailing
Critical for site work for correct rebar layout
LATEST 3D MODELING SKILLS
3D modeling has two primary purposes. First one is to ensure accurate engineering design and construction. The second purpose is to validate the aesthetic appearance. Look at the industry favorite tools in use.
Revit Architecture is an engineering software used for multiple purposes, including estimation.
It is non-engineering software but very powerful for aesthetic usage. Widely used in Interior and exterior design
It is non-engineering conceptualization tool, good for beginners.
MANDATORY SKILLS - STRUCTURAL DESIGN
A civil engineer cannot be called a civil engineer if found weak in this area. Isn't it?
Get to know what is trending in industry and cover it completely to rock in the job.
Based on fundamentals and IS codes being used in the industry
Oldest design and analysis
software used in the industry. Good for G+3 buildings
Latest software being used in the industry. Good for high rise buildings.
Fantastic tool for design and analysis of dynamic structures, like bridge
Design and analysis tool picking up in industry as it is part of Revit suite
STRONG FOUNDATION SKILLS
String foundation is needed for anything to be stable, so is the need of civil industry. Know the right skills in this area
Integrated design of slabs, mats, and footings. Import data from CAD, excel, DB, etc.
Works with STAAD.Pro, 5o different modules, 5 international codes
ESTIMATION SKILLS - CRITICAL SKILL
Right estimation is a critical skill for any business. If your estimate is high, you will not be able to meet competition, if your estimate in low, you will not remain profitable. Striking right balance is essential for working in the civil industry. Below are the tools you must know
Widely used in construction and architecture, works with PDF files
Most of the companies use their customized excel sheets to suit them
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT - PPM SKILLS
Civil projects are high in resource volume and labor activities. As a civil engineer, you will get the chance of management sooner than you would assume. Proper approach of management and use of suitable tools is the key of success. Know what you need to learn.
Learn to manage projects based on 10 knowledge areas and 5 project phases
Scalable software, used in large companies, supports multiple sites business
Microsoft Project is personal computer based software used in small companies
CAREER PLANNING - BEST OPTIONS
If you can learn above skills with proficiency then employment will not be an issue at all.
To make it focused, Azuko advices you to choose from below career options options to suit your aspirations.
advanced civil engineering with Bim and CAD
We call it BAHUBALI course. It includes all the skills listed above. If you are able to cover them, you are bound to become BAHUBALI of Civil industry!
master diploma in structural CAD
Here you will focus on structural part to make your career in structural engineering. You should learn AutoCAD, STAAD.Pro, ETABS, Revit Structure, STAAD Foundation, AutoRebar, SAFE, and SAP 2000
MASTER DIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Interior design in yet another promising field in which multiple civil engineers are making their career as an entrepreneur. If it matches your interest then you must consider this option seriously.
FINAL WORDS - FUNDAMENTALS ARE IMPORTANT
When you appear for any job interview, you will first be evaluated as a civil engineer. you will be asked fundamental questions to check your understanding of fundamentals. If they are found weak then you have to rework on it. There is no other option. Azuko is sensitive about it and provides free of cost opportunity to all website visitors to not only revise the fundamentals but also to check their level such that they know the weak area and improve upon it. You can revise and test yourself any number of times.