Civil Engineer Construction Jobs

Civil Engineers are engineering consultants overseeing an engineering project from conception to completion including the design and construction phases.

Civil Engineer Jobs design and manage construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums. They may either advise on projects and design them or turn these plans into reality and maintain the structures once they are built. They work on major building projects such as bridges, tunnels, roads, railways, docks, airports, dams, pipelines and power supply systems.  A Civil Engineer should think creatively, be able to make accurate plans and drawings, be good at maths and physics, be able to make quick judgements and be interested in solving practical problems.

Duties and responsibilities in Civil Engineering Jobs

Civil Engineering graduates have highly sought after. They work in many different types and sizes of organisation, such as consulting firms, large building contractors, transport authorities and water, gas and electricity supply companies. 

How to become a Civil Engineer

The usual qualification for needed is a degree or HNC/HND in a relevant subject. It is also possible to begin training for craft or technician-level jobs straight from school with GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3) in English, Maths and Science.  After their HNC/HND or degree, trainees take further training with an employer.

Many universities specialise in particular areas of civil engineering, like:

  • structural engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • coastal engineering

Some courses include a work placement, which can be useful for making industry contacts to help find work after you finish your studies. They can then work towards registration as an incorporated or chartered engineer through the professional body.

Expected salary and work logistics

Salaries in the UK can range from £24,000 right the way up to £80,000 at the top end of the scale for the very experienced engineering consultant. Typical working hours are 40 - 42 per week. On-site hours can be much longer and may include evenings and weekends. The work may be office-based, or it may involve being out on-site in all weathers.

There may be opportunities for promotion to posts such as chief engineer, associate or partner in a firm. There are many opportunities to work abroad, particularly in the developing world.

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