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Civil engineers plan, design and manage large construction projects. This could include bridges, buildings, transport links and other major structures. They use computer modelling software and data from surveys, tests and maps to create project blueprints. These plans advise contractors on the best course of action and help minimise environmental impact and risk.
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There are several routes to becoming a civil engineer. You can gain the qualifications you need by doing a university or college course or you could apply for a civil engineering apprenticeship. If you already have relevant skills or experience you may be able to apply directly to an employer or train on the job. You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You can become a civil engineer by enrolling on a four-year university degree course. Whilst studying, you could choose to specialise in a particular area, such as structural, environmental or coastal engineering.
You may be able to retrain as a civil engineer if you have a relevant undergraduate or postgraduate degree such as maths, geology or science.
You’ll generally need:
You may need to attend a specialist college or training provider to start your studies as a civil engineer.
You could complete a higher national certificate such as a Level 4 HNC in Civil Engineering, or a Level 5 HND in Construction and the Built Environment. After this, you may be able to work as a trainee engineer and do on-the-job training to qualify.
You’ll need 1 - 2 A levels (or equivalent) for these courses, including maths.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
To do a civil engineering apprenticeship you’ll need:
The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) list up to date apprenticeship opportunities on their website.
You may be able to work as a civil engineering technician, whilst studying part-time to qualify as a civil engineer.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as civil engineer include:
Civil engineers often specialise in one area, such as transportation (roads, airports, railways), environmental (flood barriers, turbines), geotechnical (mining and earthworks), maritime (ports and sea defences) or structural (dams, pipelines, offshore platforms).
As a civil engineer you could be:
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The expected salary for a civil engineer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest civil engineer vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
You could gain incorporated or chartered engineer status. This would help you progress into senior project management roles within construction companies and earn a higher salary.
You could also specialise in a particular field of engineering or aid research projects. You could become a self-employed consultant and set your own wage.
Civil engineers are needed by many international development agencies, so there is potential to work overseas.