Public Works Engineer

The term “public works” usually refers to projects or infrastructure that are funded by tax dollars that have been allocated by local state or federal governmental agencies to create something that will be used by the general public. For example public works projects can include roads tunnels bridges buildings or anything related to a city or town’s infrastructure. Public works engineers are the professionals who are responsible for planning overseeing and maintaining the facilities and structures that are designated as public works projects. According to Wikipedia.org governments typically allocate a percentage of their annual budgets to public works projects which are intended to improve the infrastructure in a particular area. Public works projects are usually developed with the intention of increasing the area’s economic development – – such as improvements to an airport hospital or school. However public works projects also include facilities that are vital to sustain a particular standard of living such as water treatment plants and roads. In order to become a public works engineer a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering is required. Additionally according to www.bestjobdescriptions.com public works engineers must be able to work effectively with a team of other engineers deal with vendors and handle contractors who will help with various stages of projects. A high level of communication skill is required for this profession as well as the ability to lead a group of engineering technicians and engineering technologists through projects ranging from small to large. The website www.payscale.com lists the average yearly salary for a public works engineer between $56662 and $86748. However exact salaries depend on whether the employer is a local city state or federal governmental agency and how much money is allocated to specific projects.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $71705
High Salary: $86748
Low Salary: $56662
Tasks: Oversees engineering projects carried out by the government.
Works on projects such as the building of airports, bridges and tunnels.
Adheres to strict budget constraints.
Manages contractors, vendors, and others working on specific projects.
Also Called: Infrastructure Engineer
Construction Engineer
Facilities Engineer
Maintenance Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.bestjobdescriptions.com/customer-service/facilities-and%C2%A0infrastructure-maintenance-engineer%C2%A0job-description
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Civil_Engineer%2c_Infrastructure/Salary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_works