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Highways engineer

Highways engineers keep the thousands of miles of roads across Britain in good shape – and help build new ones where they’re needed.

The Role

  • Designing local road schemes
  • Maintaining the road network
  • Planning and supervising projects
  • Preparing contract documents
  • Managing construction teams
  • Designing and maintaining structures such as bridges
  • Supervising roadworks
  • Keeping roads clear and open in winter
  • Working in all weather conditions
  • Dealing with stakeholders including clients, transport specialists and members of the public
  • Work with other professionals to help build and maintain roads as well as finding new solutions to transport problems


  • Highways engineers are in demand and usually earn around £25,000 to £30,000 

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.

Qualifications and Training

You should ideally have GCSEs, standard grades, National 4 or 5s, or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate as well as A-levels/ Highers in English and Maths. 

If you want to find out more about this career, work experience with a professional highway engineering practice will give you an idea of what the job is all about.

Studying for a university degree in civil engineering would lead to chartered engineer status. 

Alternatively, you can train on the job while working as a highways maintenance technician.  Day release training leads to a National Certificate (NC), Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND).

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett is a Highways Engineer with Lincolnshire County Council.

Read moreabout Emma Fawcett

Progression Opportunities

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Next Steps


Check out the latest Highways Engineer vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary. 

Check daily to see new opportunities as they are posted!

Find out more

For information on the Highways Engineer role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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