Civil Engineer Jobs

Civil Engineers are involved in seeing an engineering project from conception to completion including the design and construction phases. 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.  An 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 of a Civil Engineer

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. 

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.

They can then work towards registration as an incorporated or chartered engineer through their professional body.

In design offices, local government and public service usually work 37 hours a 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.

Salaries in the UK can range from £24,000 to £40,000 depending on years of experience.

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