CAD is used a lot in engineering, so it might help. If you have no experience, it might be worth looking for a short course in this first, or a beginner’s civil engineering course and starting with the basics.
Are there lots of exams involved?
Not all courses will have exams, but those offering a qualification probably will. If you can’t tell from the course details, it might be worth getting in touch with the course provider and checking beforehand.
Will my course be classroom based or practical?
This completely depends on the course you choose. Some longer, more in-depth courses will cover the theory as well as giving you practical experience. Other shorter courses will more than likely focus on one or the other.
Do I need to be good at maths and physics to go on a civil engineering course?
Yes, definitely. Engineers use maths to understand the theory of engineering and to analyse materials and structures so this is vital. Physics is also important as the rules dictate how and why things behave the way they do. If you are looking for a career as a civil engineer and are worried about how much you know, it might be worth brushing up on your physics and maths skills before enrolling on an engineering course.
What qualifications do I need to work as a civil engineer?
Most civil engineers will have completed a bachelor of science on a course accredited by the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) before getting licensed as a professional engineer. Although the courses on Hotcourses may not be degrees, they might help you gain experience and understanding of the industry, as well as giving you the skills needed to get onto a bachelors programme.
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