civil engineer


Definition of civil engineer

: an engineer whose training or occupation is in the design and construction especially of public works (such as roads or harbors)

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Getting from the first report to the final site remediation plan took four to six months, says Mr. Zack, and involved bringing on a civil engineer and a structural engineer to work out the final site plan. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Luxury Living Off the Edge of a Mountain," 21 Nov. 2018 The group has no full-time hydrologists or civil engineers. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "Scott Harrison Turned From Nightclub Promoter to Philanthropist," 14 Sep. 2018 Hector Toledo is a civil engineer whose apartment was one of 450 damaged in the quake — another block of 40 apartments nearby collapsed completely, killing nine people. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018 Mark Stewart is a civil engineer and risk analyst at the University of Newcastle in Australia. John Mueller, Vox, "Airline terrorist attacks are extremely rare. It’s one reason TSA’s Quiet Skies program is a waste of money.," 4 Aug. 2018 Sterling Klippel, a civil engineer with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, updated the La Cañada Flintridge City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday. Sara Cardine,, "Prep work for 4-year dig at Devil’s Gate Dam set for this fall, county says," 21 June 2018 Sundt/Davila Joint Venture was the construction team on the 18-month project, executing a design by HDR Engineering, prime consultant; Muñoz & Company, principal architect; and Pape-Dawson Engineers, lead civil engineer. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Historic San Pedro Creek: a drainage ditch becomes a culture park," 5 May 2018 Williams, a civil engineer, was appointed to an open seat in 2014 and was elected to a full four-year term later that year. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Meet the 18 candidates vying for four school board seats in Prince George’s County," 14 June 2018 In 2003, civil engineers and archaeologists began construction on the North/South metro line, a six-mile rapid-transit line joining areas of Amsterdam separated by a body of water called the IJ. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of civil engineer

1763, in the meaning defined above

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