- On site, Office-based, Developing ideas, Team work, Heights, Problem solving
- Salary Range: £25,000 - £40,000
- Nation: England & Wales
As a Civil Engineer you would plan, design and manage a variety of construction projects, from bridges to new sports stadia. For example you could work in a specialist area of engineering such as structural (dams, buildings, offshore platforms and pipelines), transportation (roads, railways, canals and airports), environmental (water supply, drainage and flood barriers), maritime (ports, harbours and sea defences) or geotechnical (mining, earthworks and construction foundations).
Typical duties could include discussing requirements with the
client/colleagues, analysing testing data with computer modelling
software, drawing up blueprints and using computer aided
You will also judge whether projects are workable by assessing
materials, costs, time and labour requirements, whilst assessing
the environmental impact and risks connected to the projects.
Other duties would be likely to include preparing bids
for tenders, managing, directing and monitoring progress during
each phase of a project and making sure site meet legal
guidelines, and health and safety requirements.
You would need excellent maths, science and IT skills, as well
as good communication skills and the ability to work witihin
budgets/deadlines. Good project management and team working skills
are essential as well as the ability to analyse large amounts of
You would also need to develop confident decision-making ability
and a comprehensive knowledge of relevant legal regulations.
To become a civil engineer, you would normally need a 3
year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree or 4 year Masters (MEng)
degree in civil engineering. You will need at least five GCSEs
(A-C) and two or three A levels, including maths and a science
subject (normally physics), or equivalent qualifications to get on
to a degree course.
You should check with colleges and universities for their
exact entry requirements, as they may accept a relevant Access to
Higher Education award.
If you already work in the industry as a technician, you
could qualify as a civil engineer by studying part-time for a BTEC
HNC/HND, foundation degree or degree in civil
Graduate salaries are typically between £17,000 and
£25,000 a year while experienced engineers can earn between £25,000
and £40,000. Senior Chartered Engineers can earn between
£60,000 and £100,000 a year. (This information is
intended as a guide to average salaries only.)
You could help your career development by working towards
incorporated or chartered status. To do this, you should initially
register with your professional industry body. With
incorporated or chartered status, you could move into senior
project management roles, specialise in a particular field or work
as a consultant. You could also work overseas with British
consulting or contracting firms, working for foreign governments,
and oil and mining companies as well as international development
and disaster relief agencies.