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[From the Experts] What Actually Is Municipal Engineering?

Are you a student on the verge of starting an exciting career in engineering? Or maybe you are already in the workforce and responsible for hiring at your company. In either scenario, it is important to distinct the four major branches of engineering and to understand the roles and responsibilities of each. Mechanical, Chemical and Electrical Engineering careers are vastly unique from one another, not to mention Civil Engineering. The Civil Engineering branch deals with infrastructure design such as roadways, stormwater management, water systems, and wastewater systems, among others. It also includes Municipal Engineering which focuses primarily on services such as subdivision / land development plan reviews, zoning and land use planning, ordinance amendments, preparation of design plans and contract bidding documents for public works projects, stormwater and floodplain management as well as construction administration and inspection.

While most engineering duties are performed and implemented behind the scenes, municipal engineering heeds the unique benefit of working on visible public project sites such as streets, sidewalks, street lighting and bridges, among others, which have a direct impact on our quality of life.

This infographic provides a succinct overview of municipal engineering, outlining its roles and responsibilities, project sites and most common services. It also features key statistics about the unfortunate state of many public sites throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the opportunity they present to qualified municipal engineers. See the infographic to learn about Municipal Engineering.