Civil Engineers and civil diploma engineers work in numerous field of construction industry. They work for private contracting firms, consultants, or in government bodies and clients. Your job nature can vary from company to company. You may have to work in field for long-hours in harsh conditions or you may get an opportunity to work in design or management team.
Common job positions for civil engineers in Pakistan
Here’re some positions and designations on which you can be pointed in Pakistan:
Building control surveyor
Consulting civil engineer
Contracting civil engineer
Estimator or Estimation Engineer
Environment and Safety Engineer
Junior or Senior Engineer
Sub-divisional engineer (SDO)
Some other areas where your degree would be handy includes:
Building services engineer
Fire risk assessor
How to get some Experience?
Although organizations do offer job opportunities for fresh civil engineers as junior engineers, trainee engineers, and paid internship programs without experience. But in most of the cases, you need to have experience of minimum 1-2 years handling construction work. The experience requirement is more for construction supervision jobs while for construction execution the experience requirement would be lesser.
If you’re new and don’t have much work experience, try to engage with some organizations through summer internships or trainings. A lot of contracting firms in Pakistan like DESCON, National Logistic Cell (NLC), FWO (Frontier Work Organization), Habib Construction Services, Banumukhtar company, Sachal engineering works, and MAKSONs do offer paid internship programs. We also enlist these opportunities here.
So, search for such placements and know if you’re eligible to apply.
Range of opportunities
As a qualified civil engineer in Pakistan, you can find work in a range of sectors, particularly in the construction sector, on buildings and large structures of all kinds, transport and communications infrastructure.
Construction industry of Pakistan is booming and the scope is too vast.
You can also work for employers involved in the production, storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water.
Vacancies arise across the Pakistan and overseas, with a range of contractors and consultancies. Most of such opportunities are in bigger cities of Pakistan like Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Gilgit, Multan, Mianwali, DI Khan, Bhakkar, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sukkur, Mardan, Okara, Jhang, Abbotabad, Muzaffarabad, Chiniot, Mirpur, Jhelum, Chakwal, Charsadda, and Attock.
There are also opportunities to work in-house for a variety of national and multinational organizations, particularly within the public sector. Local authorities, government departments and environmental organizations, for example, employ civil engineers to set up project specifications and draft tender documents.