Today on the blog I’m featuring an infographic on municipal engineering. I was contacted by Ben with Carroll Engineering to share this infographic they created. I hadn’t heard of the specific discipline of municipal engineering before this. I thought their infographic was very informative and a great place to start looking if you’re researching a career in engineering and want to know what you can do specifically with civil engineering degree.

Below is more information on civil and municipal engineering as explained by Carroll Engineering, followed by their infographic.

Civil engineering is often considered the oldest engineering discipline; the broad term is used for any type of engineering that deals with the built environment. Our company Carroll Engineering is a civil engineering firm, which means we deliver many different types of services, including water facilities engineering, wastewater engineering, and municipal engineering. But for industry newbies, the meaning of municipal engineering can be lost under the greater umbrella of civil engineering. It’s important to know that this branch makes a crucial contribution to the continued success of cities, towns, and municipalities and all the people that live and work within them.

If you’d like to build things that everyone uses and depends on, being a municipal engineer may just be the right job for you.

Municipal engineers focus on the construction of structures in towns and cities, including the materials, management, and funding required for projects to be successful. They oversee plans to develop infrastructure used by everyone, from public parks and bridges to roads and sidewalks, and they’re also responsible for building other necessary structures, such as waste water treatment plants that treat and purify the water we use in our homes, and airports that provide a hub for people to travel around the world.

Working as a municipal engineer provides the opportunity to explore many different job functions, as those in the field wear many hats, often overseeing the management of their jobsites, establishing budgets, and leading staff and survey crews. Managing jobsites requires municipal engineers to make sure that buildings are being constructed on time and according to plan and that every worker onsite is using their time wisely. Municipal engineers may also keep accurate and up-to-date maps of the municipalities that they work in by communicating with other municipal engineers and the townships that they’re responsible for.

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of a municipal engineer, see the infographic below. It also contains surprising statistics about common structural problems in our communities and the ways in which municipal engineers supply the knowledge and expertise needed to solve them.

I hope you learned something new today about municipal engineering from this post. If you have an infographic or information about a specific engineering disciple you’d like me to share on the blog, please contact me.


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