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Site engineers/technicians look after the technical, organising and supervising side of construction projects – from new housing to multi-million pound roads and railways.

Average salaries are in the region of £19,000.00 to £32,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Site engineers/technicians look after the technical, organising and supervising side of construction projects – from new housing to multi-million pound roads and railways.

What they do

They set out where infrastructure installations will go above ground and underground in construction operations. That means using designs and plans to mark out the site, which may be for civil, road, rail or other infrastructure projects.

A site engineer/technician is part of the construction management team, working alongside architects, engineers, construction managers, supervisors, planners, surveyors and subcontractors. He or she shares responsibility for site security, health and safety, and the organisation and supervision of people and materials. 

Trainee construction jobs in this role involve work-shadowing colleagues, building up workers' responsibilities as they become more experienced.

The working day:

These are the sorts of things you could do in this role: 

  • Supervise the labour force
  • Plan work to be done
  • Organise plant and site facilities to meet deadlines
  • Prepare reports
  • Make sure quality of health and safety on site is high
  • Problem solving as issues arise

Site engineers/technicians also talk with everyone to keep the project on track, including clients, any consultants, subcontractors, supervisors, planners, quantity surveyors and the general workforce. They sometimes need to speak with the local authority to check all the construction regulations and by-laws are being followed.

They work in an office and out on site. Site visits and inspections happen in all weathers and can be physically demanding when climbing ladders or visiting areas where access is difficult. This career can involve a lot of travel, sometimes away from home.

Typical duties include:

  • Acting as the main technical adviser on a construction site for all subcontractors, crafts people and operatives
  • Setting out, levelling and surveying the site
  • Checking the sums are right on plans, drawings and quantities and that all materials and work are to the specifications.
  • Overseeing the selection and requisition of materials and plant (heavy machinery), agreeing prices and sticking to the documents supplied by the client or architect

Hours & Salary:

Skilled site engineers/technicians have a varied role and are in demand across the construction industry.

  • Newly trained site engineers/technicians can earn in the region of £19,000 - £21,000
  • Trained with experience site engineers/technicians can earn in the region of £28,000 - £36,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.


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Qualifications & Training

You need a good standard of GCSEs and A-levels (or equivalent) so you can study at degree level. You can start out without a degree or HNC/HND through a technical construction apprenticeship – or working in a position such as trainee technician while doing further study.  

Employers such as construction companies and recruitment agencies in construction usually ask for a degree or HNC/HND in a construction-related or construction engineering discipline. The following subjects may increase your chances:

  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Building surveying
  • Building engineering
  • Construction studies

It’s important that your degree is accredited and meets the academic requirements of a relevant professional body. The main one in construction is the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), while in engineering the key professional bodies are the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). Graduates with non-accredited or unrelated degrees must do a conversion course to upgrade their construction qualifications.

Pre-entry experience in construction or engineering is very useful and highly regarded by employers. Vacation or sandwich placements are good ways of gaining industry experience, particularly if your degree is not directly relevant to the role. Work experience also gives you a good understanding of the sector, the skills required and whether you’re suited to jobs in the construction industry

There are also many postgraduate courses available in construction and engineering, designed for existing professionals in the industry. Chartered status can be acquired by registering with a professional institution such as the Chartered Institue of Building or any of those listed above.

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Career trends and forecasts

1,580 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 1,580 Construction Trades Supervisors (which includes site engineers/technicians) every year for the period 2016 - 2020. The highest demand for these construction industry jobs will be in the North East followed by Scotland, North West, Wales, West Midlands, South West, Yorkshire & Humber.

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