Civil Engineers design and manage construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.
Depending on your specialism, you could be:
- planning with the client
- analysing surveys, testing and mapping data using computer modelling software
- creating blueprints using computer aided design (CAD)
- judging if projects are worth doing by looking at costs, time and labour
- checking risks and the effects on the environment
- preparing bids for tenders, and reporting to clients and government agencies
- managing and checking progress at each stage
- making sure sites follow health and safety rules
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
Many universities specialise in particular areas of civil engineering such as structural engineering, environmental engineering or coastal engineering.
Some courses include a 1 year work placement while others let you spend a year studying abroad.
You could study a postgraduate master’s degree if you have a related degree like maths, science or geology.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C)
- 3 A levels including maths and a science subject
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. For more information click below:
You could start as a technician and study part time for a higher national diploma or foundation degree, leading to a degree in civil engineering.
You will need the following skills and knowledge:
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- design skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of English language
- thinking and reasoning skills
- the ability to read English
- You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.
The following salaries are a guide only:
- Starter: £24,000
- Experienced: £80,000
- You’ll usually work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm. You may work evenings or weekends.
- You could work on a construction site or in an office.
- Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.
- You may need to wear protective clothing.