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Day in the Life of Civil Engineer Emily Munday

My engineering improves the environment with green infrastructure, provides safe routes to schools with sidewalks and traffic signals, and delivers clean water to your house for you to drink. 

Published On: December 2017

Emily Munday on top of a windmill

SWE member Emily Munday is a Civil Engineer:  Find out how she got there, the type of projects she’s working on, and how you can #BeThatEngineer!

“As a Civil Engineer, I work with a team to solve problems in our communities.  The company I work for is Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly and we are consulting engineers who help cities, counties, and states with their infrastructure needs.

The projects I complete help my local community. They include new roadways, sidewalks, and rain gardens, which make our neighborhoods beautiful and nice places to live.  We often have to come up with creative solutions to unique problems.  As a Civil Engineer, my engineering improves the environment with green infrastructure, provides safe routes to schools with sidewalks and traffic signals, and treats and pipes clean water to your house for you to drink.

Civil Engineering is awesome because there are so many things you can do.  Civil Engineers design buildings, bridges, treatment plants for water, levees for protection from floods, runways for airplanes, and so much more.  I have always loved to be outside, and as a Civil Engineer, I don’t spend all day, every day inside at a computer.  I have been able to oversee construction at an airport and conduct materials testing of concrete for the construction of a new wind farm with 126 foot tall windmills.

I use a lot of tools to complete my work, from calculators and rulers like you probably use to a computer for drafting plans to a drone for collecting photographs and data.  I can use special software to create a 3D model from the drone photographs so we can design for real world conditions in 3D.  The absolute best part of my job is being able to drive over a road that I designed! “

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