I help in the oversight of heavy civil roadway projects.
Get up at about 5am to get to the project site (which might be 40 miles away) before the crew. Meet with superintendents and foremen to go over the day's activities. Then it is different everyday depending on what is going on, which is what I love. There are problems to solve with subcontractors and with the Owner, to build the job. I have to get all the paperwork done, track costs and payments, review shop drawings and formwork drawings. No two days are really the same.
Sign up to be a apprentice laborer, or carpenter if you want to work in the construction industry. The information you receive on field jargon and how things are built is extremely valuable. It gives you an idea what kind of people you will be working with, the work environment, and an understanding of how the industry works.
Here's the first step for high school students
You don't have to go to a four year college and get a degree to become a civil engineer. Go to a vocational school and get a construction management certification. Then work in the field and learn from those you work with and supplement that education with continued class room education. A college degree is not required to get a Professional Engineer license, it might take you longer to obtain, but you will get more value out of the additional years in the field.
"You should hurry up and get your Professional Engineer's stamp so you can get a good stable job at a design firm, because that is the only way you are going to have a chance in the engineering world."