Engineering - Civil Graduate Jobs - Careers Guide

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Civil engineers are central to our lives. From buildings and bridges, roads to railways, shopping centres to schools - civil engineers are responsible for the design and creation of our society. Managing aspects of each project, civil engineers work closely with other professionals such as surveyors and architects.

The most common route to civil engineering is through graduate programmes, which is a good way to building up your practical skills and provide you with the necessary training.

The Institution of Civil Engineers is a professional organisation that offers extra training opportunities for a career in civil engineering. Being chartered by this organisation is essential to being recognised in the industry and will also allow you to earn a larger salary.

What degree do I need?TOP ^

A good degree in an engineering discipline related to civil engineering is vital if you want get a career in the industry. Most graduates who enter the industry will continue to study part time while they are working in order to achieve professional status, either as a chartered or incorporated engineer.

The degrees that will allow you to get a graduate civil engineering job include:

  • Civil engineering
  • Maritime engineering
  • Surveying
  • Environmental sciences
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Structural engineering

Most graduate civil engineering programs include a mixture of lectures and lab work, and there’s usually an emphasis on team working: an integral part of being a civil engineer. There may also be field trips and opportunities to complete industry placements of varying length.

What skills do I need?TOP ^

The problem-solving, technical, and analytical skills you will learn during a civil engineering course will also be applicable to a number of other careers, including those focused around Accountancy and Science and Technology.

Civil engineers build all types of structures, from bridges to roads, tunnels to water storage. The skills you develop will put you in good stead for project management jobs.

Some skills that would be useful for a graduate civil engineering role include:

Chemical engineers are constantly updating their skills to keep up-to-date with the latest production processes and techniques. Membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (the industry body) will allow you to get new qualifications and take new courses as they become available.

What graduate civil engineering jobs can I do? TOP ^

A distinction is often made between ‘consulting’, ‘contracting’ and ‘maintenance’ civil engineers.

Consulting engineers are those who work on the design stage of a project, collaborating with architects and other professionals.

Contracting engineers oversee the actual construction, dealing with practical issues such as procuring materials and meeting deadlines, and helping to resolve any problems that arise.

Maintenance engineers are most commonly employed to maintain equipment and machinery used in manufacturing processes. This involves regular checking and monitoring, and overseeing the replacement or upgrading of equipment.

Most graduates aim towards becoming a fully fledged Chartered Engineer. To do this, you must pass the Engineering Council Standards exam and have completed sufficient work experience.

Some jobs include:

  • Civil work supervisor
  • Infrastructure engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Risk consultant
  • Structural engineer
  • Systems engineer

Average civil engineering salariesTOP ^

Civil engineers can earn large salaries depending on the company they work in. Membership of a professional body and continuing to gain qualifications throughout your career will ensure your salary continues to grow.

  • Consulting civil engineering: £24,000 - £60,000
  • Structural engineering: £23,000 - £70,000
  • Contracting civil engineer: £23,5000 - £60,000
  • Water engineer: £20,000 - £60,000
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