Civil Engineer


Locally, a Civil Engineer receives a monthly salary ranging from P17,000-P25,000 depending on the type of employer. In the U.S., a Civil Engineer receives a monthly salary of $4,300 to $6,400, again depending on the type of employer. In other foreign countries, pay and benefits are definitely higher than local rates.

Basic Educational Requirement

A diploma in Civil Engineering is required and practice of profession requires a license from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Cost of Education *

In a public university, a course in Civil Engineering costs approximately P3,500 per semester or a total of P35,000 for the entire five-year course. In a private institution, the total cost may range between P310,000 and P515,000 depending on the institution.

Employment Opportunities

Locally, the demand for Civil Engineers depends on the current state of the construction industry. A construction boom will spur the demand for Civil Engineers and other skilled construction workers. Government spending on infrastructure will likewise push the demand for this type of workers. Overseas, the demand for engineers and other construction workers of various skills will continue in the Middle East, Korea, The Caribbean Islands, Malaysia, Ireland and Canada. Civil Engineers may be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, Construction, and Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

A Civil Engineer may advance into supervisory positions, taking complete charge of a construction project as Project Engineer. This involves bigger responsibilities which consists of directing construction, operations, and maintenance activities at project site. Another area to further advance his/her career is to engage in consultancy services wherein he/she provides technical advice regarding design, construction, or program modification and structural repairs to industrial and managerial personnel. He/She may also render services in the conduct of scientific studies to identify engineering problems and assess the potential impact of projects.

Nature of Work

A Civil Engineer performs engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, dams, irrigation projects, pipeline, power plants, water and sewage system, waste disposal units, and other civil engineering structures.


  • Advises on and design structures such as bridges, dams, docks, roads, airports, railways, canals, pipelines, waste-disposal and flood-control systems, and industrial and other large buildings;
  • Instructs, directs and supervises underground constructions such as tunnels, basements, foundations, and also scope protection, infrastructures, water containment and distribution systems;
  • Establishes control systems to ensure efficient functioning of structures as well as safety and environmental protection;

Skills and Competencies

  • Aptitude for mathematics;
  • Ability to analyze, compare,and interpret facts and figures quickly;
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing;
  • Practical knowledge of computers (basic accounting software packages) and their applications in accounting and internal auditing;
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Investigates existing structures, retro fit and strengthen the same;
  • Organizes and directs maintenance and repair of existing structures;
  • Studies and advises on technological aspects of particular materials;
  • Maintains technical liaison and consultancy with other relevant specialist; and
  • Inspects project sites to monitor progress and ensures conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Can handle extreme pressure;
  • Willing to work extended hours if needed;
  • Creative and imaginative; and
  • Ability to see details at close range.
  • Capable of organizing, coordinating and supervising workers.

* Based on 2011 rates.