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Civil engineering technicians give technical support to engineers on construction projects. They tend to specialise in one area of civil engineering, such as design, planning or logistics and may be involved in projects ranging from building bridges, to widening roads, or creating new infrastructure.
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There are several routes to becoming a civil engineering technician. You could complete a university or college course, or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these routes to becoming a civil engineering technician, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a civil engineering technician, you could complete a foundation degree or higher national diploma (HND) in civil engineering.
For either of these routes, you’ll need:
You could complete a college course to develop the necessary skills to become a civil engineering technician, such as a Level 2 Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment, a Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering or a T level in Design, Surveying and Planning.
It would be useful to pick a course which offers modules in computer aided design (CAD), or AutoCAD, PDS or Civil 3D.
You can complete a civil engineering technician advanced apprenticeship with a construction company.
You'll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, to do this.
Civil engineering technician advanced apprenticeships last for three years and will provide you with the necessary qualifications to work in this field.
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.
Another possible route into a career as a civil engineering technician is through starting as a trainee technician after finishing school. Here you can learn the practical skills needed to become a civil engineering technician and work in a full-time position alongside completing the necessary qualifications.
In order to secure a position as a trainee technician, most employers will require GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and science.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a civil engineering technician. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a civil engineering technician include:
Depending on the type of project, the responsibilities of a civil engineering technician may vary.
The duties of a civil engineering technician may include:
Gregory Bowles is a Civil Engineering Technician with BAM Nuttall.
The expected salary for a civil engineering technician varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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With experience and further training you could become a civil or structural engineer.