CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
— Civil engineers have an enormous job.
It requires many hands, a lot of time and money, and the ability to make critical decisions.
They often work with the nation’s highest stakes of public infrastructure, including roads, bridges, airports and water systems.
But they also work for the nation, helping to develop the nation and our nation’s security.
The job is often daunting, requiring months to months of training.
Civil engineers are the backbone of the federal government, but many civil engineers are underrepresented in their communities.
That’s why they are calling on Congress to expand the Civil Engineering National Network to include more than 100,000 civil engineers.
The network’s goal is to create a more inclusive, diverse and transparent workforce that is focused on the public’s safety and needs.
That will include training, hiring, networking and mentoring of civil engineers and their employers.
It also will provide training and other resources to support civil engineers, such as the National Council of Civil Engineers.
The network was established in 2006 to provide training to civil engineers who want to work for or find work in the federal civil engineering field.
Currently, the Civil Engineers Network of America (CENOA) offers technical and cultural programs to more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide.
It provides trainings to about 1,000 students each year, including the National Civil Engineering Association, the National College of Civil and Environmental Engineers, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council of American Civil Engineers, National Association of Manufacturers, National Electrical Manufacturers Association and others.
The National Civil Engineer Association is also the parent of the CENOA.
“The problem with our country today is that there is a large pool of people that don’t want to learn the craft,” said Daniel DeWitt, executive director of CENOPA.
“We’re trying to fill that gap.
And we’re trying in the 21st century to have an engineering workforce that can support that.”
In 2016, the federal agency awarded contracts worth $13.5 billion to help create a National Civil Engineers Training Center in Alexandria, Virginia, and a $15 million contract for a partnership with the Department of Defense to develop a national civil engineering training curriculum.
It was the largest single award for a single project.
That training center, located in Alexandria and designed by the company I.B.M., has been a key part of the development of the National Commission on Civil Engineers (NCCE) that was established to help make the National Building and Construction Trades Council a key player in shaping the national workforce.
In January, the NCCE will convene its first public hearing in Washington, D.C., on the needs of the nation under the National Industrial Security Strategy.
A similar panel was formed in September to discuss national civil and environmental engineering needs and priorities, according to NCCE Chairman David M. Boren.
The NCCE was formed to promote an environment in which civil and human capital are integrated, in accordance with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1125, “Building an Environmental and Safety Framework for the Development of the Global Economy.”
The NCIE, which will be chaired by former Under Secretary of Defense for Civil Engineering, Brian J. Johnson, will work with private sector and state entities to identify and support workforce development opportunities, to assist employers with training, workforce readiness and workforce retention and to establish a national, comprehensive national workforce development program.
“There are so many opportunities for us to connect with other communities and other stakeholders to help us understand what needs to be addressed in our country, to get ahead of the problem, to find solutions and to do things that are good for the country,” Johnson said.
A civil engineer’s job is to design, build, test, certify, test again and install or replace critical equipment on federal roads, dams, airports, bridges and other public infrastructure.
Civil Engineers work with thousands of workers to design and build roads, sewers, water and sewer systems, water treatment plants, power plants, wastewater treatment plants and other facilities.
They are also involved in water quality projects and in protecting drinking water sources.
Civil Engineers also design and construct public facilities, including airports, water supply and wastewater treatment facilities and hospitals, parks and playgrounds.
This is the first time in U.S. history that a large number of federal agencies have formed a national network of civil engineering programs.
Civil engineering programs include training and mentorship of civil workers, the development and management of engineering programs and infrastructure projects, the training and placement of civil employees in engineering positions, and training and promotion of civil engineer candidates for the federal workforce.
The programs have been successful in creating a more diverse workforce and improving the performance of federal workers, but more needs to happen, DeWITT said.
In 2016 alone, federal agencies spent $9.8 billion on civil engineering.
The Federal Government Accountability Office estimates that