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Job Description

Civil Engineers will plan, design and manage a huge range of construction projects such as bridges, dams, buildings, airports, offshore platforms and roads.  Consulting civil engineers are responsible for the design of a project, while contracting civil engineers turn these plans into reality.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need an engineering degree (BEng) or a Master’s degree (MEng) in civil engineering.

You could start as a technician and study part-time for an HND or foundation degree, leading to a degree in civil engineering.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Institution of Civil Engineers has information on courses.

Career Path and Progression

With incorporated or chartered engineer status, you could move into senior project management roles. You could also specialise in a particular engineering field, work in research or become a consultant. You could work overseas with British consulting firms, and for oil and mining companies.

You could also work for international development and disaster relief agencies.

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  • Architect
  • Civil engineering technician
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  • Construction manager
  • Land surveyor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You will need to be good at maths and science, have excellent IT skills, the ability to understand plans and designs and explain them to others, able to make decisions and meet deadlines, good communication skills and able to work well in a team.

Starting Salary

£24,000 to £80,000

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