Civil engineering technician

Civil engineering technician

Civil engineering technicians put their science and technology know how to work on complicated construction posers – from how to widen a motorway to building the world's tallest structure.

The Role

  • Preparing detailed plans
  • Surveying a site and arranging for soil and rock samples to be analysed
  • Using plans and measuring techniques to keep construction to specifications
  • Deciding the amount and type of materials needed
  • Keeping to time scales and to standard
  • Keeping the impact of a project on the environment to a minimum       
  • Providing support to civil engineers in the design, construction and management of a variety of projects.
  • Using advanced science to solve many of the problems they encounter


  • The starting salary for newly a qualified technician is usually between £12,000-£19,000 a year
  • Experienced technicians can earn around £25,000-£35,000 
  • Senior technicians can earn £37,000+

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 

Qualifications and Training

Many civil engineering technicians start their career as an apprentice. To apply for an apprenticeship you need four GCSEs (A*-C), including Maths, English and a science subject – or equivalent qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate, or L2/3 BTEC. 

Another way into the job is to start as a trainee technician straight after school. This can be after getting GCSEs (A*-C) in English, Maths and Science or after doing relevant A or AS levels. You could also start work after a full-time course at college, such as the BTEC National Certificate. 

The apprenticeship programme for civil engineering technicians lasts up to three years. The theory you learn for your job is covered by day or block release at a college or training provider. The rest of the time you’re training on the job, through practical work experience.

This leads to at least an NVQ Level 3 in construction contracting operations, key skills at Level 2, and relevant technical certificates. Apprentices can also get certificates, for example, in first aid and health and safety. A Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering is also available.

Technicians can try for technician membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The qualification EngTech is gained by registering with the Engineering Council UK as an engineering technician.


A Day in the life of...

Gregory Bowles

Gregory Bowles is a Civil Engineering Technician with BAM Nuttall.

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