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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civil engineering noun

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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 The patent-pending StormGUARDen was designed by Carrie Bristoll-Groll, principal civil engineer and CEO at Stormwater Solutions Engineering LLC in Milwaukee. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some Milwaukee residents to get free state-of-the-art garden boxes to help prevent combined sewer overflows," 12 June 2018 Joining her department 29 years ago, Little, a civil engineer and Highland Park resident, has been in her current position for 18 years. Steve Sadin,, "3 longtime Deerfield employees head to retirement," 25 May 2018 The bride’s father, who worked in Albany, retired as a civil engineer for the New York State Transportation Department. New York Times, "Betsy Gwin, Michael Firestone," 17 June 2018 Could the same be said for the accountants and civil engineers whose median pay was used as a comparison in the article? WSJ, "Better Pay Won’t Solve School-Structure Ills," 29 May 2018 Engineer: Mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and civil engineer go hand-in-hand with math., "Jobs add up for students proficient in math," 19 Apr. 2018 Soltis was a longtime civil engineer with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium who had worked on rural water projects around the state. Anchorage Daily News, "Man killed, member of search party injured in Eagle River bear attacks," 21 June 2018 The current senior civil engineer on the project discovered the plans that went out to bid called for the required masonry retaining walls to encompass 1,320 square feet when the correct figure should have been 10,200 square feet, Manis said. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Espola Road pathway errors add $877K in costs," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of civil engineer

1763, in the meaning defined above

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