🕑 Reading time: 1 minuteA consulting civil engineer is an independent, professional engineer who performs well-detailed engineering services for clients on agreed sum of money. It is quite unfortunate that the services and responsibilities that a consulting civil engineer renders are poorly understood while those who seek to engage him have only a vague idea of his functions. Most graduates of engineering background also have a meager understanding of the role he plays. Even some consulting civil engineers lack adequate comprehension of their responsibilities and obligations. This article is presented to address all of the above shortcomings and to make the public at large appreciate the works of a consulting civil engineer. I have drawn mostly on my experiences as a professional engineer who has worked with both governmental and corporate organizations on various landmark projects. Consulting is not a field for a person who hesitates to face new challenges. The competent engineer who likes variety and enjoys the challenge of ever-changing problems can find a fascinating and rewarding career in a consulting firm. The profession demands business and management skills in addition to engineering and professional trainings. It offers a unique opportunity for self-employment and it is perhaps the only path open to an engineer with the spirit of an entrepreneur who wishes to become his own boss in full-time engineering practice. In spite of its importance, challenge and fascination, the profession of consulting engineering is little recognized and poorly appreciated by members of the public largely due to the fact that his services are seldom performed for individuals as in the case of other professions like medicine and law.