Engineer - Civil

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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Engineer - Civil (Short)

Engineer - Civil

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - use intuitive judgment for engineering analyses
  • Getting Information - collect scientific or technical data
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - confer with engineering, technical or manufacturing personnel
  • Interacting With Computers - use computer aided drafting or design software for design, drafting, modeling, or other engineering tasks
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - adhere to safety procedures
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - follow confidentiality procedures
  • Thinking Creatively - design construction projects
  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Engineer - Civil Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Engineer - Civil test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Construction Fundamentals
  • Writing
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:17-2051.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Architecture and Engineering
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$56,160 or less
Bottom 25%:
$69,100 or less
$88,570 (Average)
Top 25%:
$115,110 or more
Top 10%:
$144,810 or more

US Employment Statistics
2030 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:25,000

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Building and Construction
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • English Language
  • Administration and Management
  • Physics
  • Law and Government
Top Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Systems Analysis
  • Operations Analysis
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
Top Abilities
  • Oral Expression
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Information Ordering
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Written Comprehension
  • Mathematical Reasoning
Education Requirements
Bachelor's Degree:
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
Master's Degree:
Post-Masters Certificate:
Professional Degree:
Doctoral Degree:
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Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
8 - 10 Years:
More than 10 Years:
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Alternate Titles for this Role: Airport Engineer, Architectural Engineer, Asphalt Engineer, Base Engineer, Bridge Design Engineer, Bridge Engineer, Building Construction Engineer, Building Engineer, Cadastral Engineer, Cartographic Engineer, City Engineer, Civil Engineer, Concrete Engineer, Condemnation Engineer, Construction Engineer, Contracting Engineer, County Engineer, Demolition Engineer, Design Engineer, District Engineer, Drainage Design Coordinator, Drainage Engineer, Energy Infrastructure Engineer, Engineer, Environmental Construction Engineer, Erecting Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Forest Engineer, Forestry Engineer, Foundation Engineer, Geodetic Engineer, Geological Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Highway Design Engineer, Highway Engineer, Highway Research Engineer, Highway Safety Engineer, Hydraulic Engineer, Hydroelectric Plant Structural Engineer, Hydrographic Engineer, Irrigation Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Mapping Engineer, Material Engineer, Municipal Engineer, Process Engineer, Project Engineer, Railroad Design Consultant, Railroad Engineer, Reclamation Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Resident Engineer, Resource Recovery Engineer, Road Design Engineer, Road Engineer, Roadway Engineer, Sanitary Engineer, Street Engineer, Stress Engineer, Structural Design Engineer, Structural Engineer, Structural Steel Engineer, Topographical Engineer, Track Production Engineer, Traveling Engineer, Utility Engineer, Wastewater Plant Civil Engineer, Water Systems Designer, Water Systems Engineer, Zoning Engineer

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