Civil Engineer
Jihad Abdel Ahad

About the job:

What you do

As a Civil Engineer, you design and build public structures such as bridges, roads, airports, dams and water supply systems. You estimate the cost of building such structures and oversee their construction. You also maintain these structures and repair them if they are physically damaged.

The tough stuff

As a Civil Engineer, you will have to:

  • Deal patiently with customers who change their mind (many do!)
  • Ensure the safety of a building or structure
  • Ensure that your calculations are done properly
The cool stuff

As a Civil Engineer, you may get to:

  • Work for yourself after a while and make a good income
  • See your buildings come together one step at a time - from nothing!
  • Benefit your community through solid engineering
Typical work hours
  • 40-50 hours per week
  • Travel occasionally

As a Civil Engineer, you may work at an office or outdoors at the site of construction. You also travel often to work on different construction projects. In some cases, you may work extra hours to make sure a project is completed on time.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Math
  • Physics
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Visualization
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Good With Numbers
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • You need a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field to start career as a Civil Engineer. You gain practical work experience while studying for this degree, and this experience is very helpful in your career later.
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

This guest on Insider Interview is no stranger to us here in Lebanon. Jihad is a civil engineer who turns empty lots of land into works of art. Although some of you may guess the job is done on a calculator, Jihad will show you just how much it takes to get the job done.



Jihad Abdel Ahad was born in Beirut. At the age of 16, he moved to Libya with his parents. His father used to execute mega constructions for public governmental works and he had the chance to admire them. At that time, his hobby and interest was the construction of building mockups using wood and plexi material.  Clearly, he had a passion for Civil Engineering.  And that’s what he pursued for his career.