Civil engineer

Civil engineers design and manage construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.

Potential salary
£24,000 to £80,000
Working hours
40 to 42 a week
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • design skills and knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Depending on your specialism, you could be:

  • planning with the client
  • analysing surveys, testing and mapping data using computer modelling software
  • creating blueprints using computer aided design (CAD)
  • judging if projects are worth doing by looking at costs, time and labour
  • checking risks and the effects on the environment
  • preparing bids for tenders, and reporting to clients and government agencies
  • managing and checking progress at each stage
  • making sure sites follow health and safety rules

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

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.

You can find out more about becoming a civil engineer from the Institution of Civil Engineers and Tomorrow's Engineers.

Data from National Careers Service.
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