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Civil engineer

Engineer \En`gi*neer"\, n. [OE. enginer: cf. OF. engignier, F. ing['e]nieur. See Engine, n.]

  1. A person skilled in the principles and practice of any branch of engineering; as, a civil engineer; an electronic engineer; a chemical engineer. See under Engineering, n.

  2. One who manages as engine, particularly a steam engine; an engine driver.

  3. One who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance; an efficient manager. [Colloq.]

    Civil engineer, a person skilled in the science of civil engineering.

    Military engineer, one who executes engineering works of a military nature. See under Engineering.

civil engineer

n. An engineer who is specificallly trained for and/or specialised in civil engineering

civil engineer

n. an engineer trained to design and construct and maintain public works (roads or bridges or harbors etc.)

Civil engineer

A civil engineer is a person who practices civil engineering – the application of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating infrastructures while protecting the public and environmental health, as well as improving existing infrastructures that have been neglected.

Civil engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines because it deals with constructed environment including planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

The term civil engineer was established in 1750 to contrast engineers working on civil projects with the military engineers, who worked on armaments and defenses. Over time, various sub-disciplines of civil engineering have become recognized and much of military engineering has been absorbed by civil engineering. Other engineering practices became recognized as independent engineering disciplines, including chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.

In some places, a civil engineer may perform land surveying; in others, surveying is limited to construction surveying, unless an additional qualification is obtained.

Usage examples of "civil engineer".

Carondelet was one of seven ironclads built for the river war by a brilliant civil engineer by the name of James BEads, who in 1874 built the first triple-arch steel bridge across the Mississippi River, which is still in use by auto traffic today.

The road was about as boring as any civil engineer could make, but it hadn't been anyone's fault.

His services as a civil engineer belonged wholly to those who bought them for their own profit.

There was Hank Greenberg, a civil engineer who was born in Germany and began his schooling at Humboldt University in Berlin and completed it at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.

He had been a civil engineer before the change and continued his old work on a higher level.

A civil engineer, he was, who described himself as a man who knew concrete.

Villafranca is no longer a civil engineer in charge of an important project.

When this benighted hole finally introduces adequate sewerage in the poorer quarters, the number of laborers who'll die in the diggings can be predicted -- in round figures, to the nearest ten -- by any experienced actuary or civil engineer.

Her husband was a civil engineer of like outlook, out since the crack of dawn supervising the laying of a new water main.

With the civil engineer, more properly so called (if anything can be proper with this awkward coinage), the obligation starts with the beginning.