An engineer is a person that considers why something works, and then practically applies their findings.
Civil Engineering defines the branch of engineering which deals with any kind of structure that you don't want to move, (mechanical engineers deal with things that move). The word civil states that this only includes non-military.
A civil engineer can be involved in anything from design to construction, repair or demolition.
Technicians go to college.
Civil engineers either have a degree in civil engineering or are full members (preferably chartered) of an internationally recognised civil engineering institute.
Civil Engineers learn to understand why things do or don't fail (fall down).
If you see something big and man made inclusive of earthworks, buildings, canals, bridges, roads, airports, railways etc etc etc it was most likely built under the control of (and probably designed by) a civil engineer.
February 02, 2009