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This line of work covers the planning, designing and management of construction projects. Those projects can range in scale from the relatively small, like repairing a footbridge, to the relatively large, like building a football stadium. A civil engineer will often specialise in a particular area such as environment, transportation or structure. However, these areas will often overlap
Civil engineering requires a high level of communication as engineers will be required to work closely with other professionals like surveyors, architects and contractors as well as clients. An engineer needs an aptitude for mathematics, IT and science, to be confident about making decisions, and work well with deadlines and within budgets
Civil engineers are usually required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering. There are also part-time courses offered through technical colleges for some jobs in this sector. Further training is usually given on the job under the guidance of a senior engineer
There are a range of firms requiring the services of civil engineers, meaning job opportunities are excellent. Graduates can expect to earn up to £23,000 per year, rising with experience.


Civil Engineering area is related to creating, protecting, and improving the environment where people live. Professionals working on this area are civil engineers and they are required to complete engineering projects from design stages to construction and completion. They may construct or maintain tunnels, roads, bridges, airports and railways, making sure these projects meet construction standards.

Civil Engineering professionals usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Supervising procedures.
• Ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget.
• Developing designs.
•   Liaising with other professionals like consulting engineers.
• Approving project drawings.


• Being able to analyse large amounts of data.
• Having IT skills.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Having good knowledge of relevant legal regulations.
• Being methodical.
• Having project management skills.
• Having leadership skills.
• Being creative and proactive.
• Having good communication skills.
• Having math skills.


Civil Engineering posts usually require applicants having a three-year Bachelor of Engineering or four-year Masters degree in civil engineering. These courses require three A levels and five GCSE´s (A-C) in science and math. Technicians working on this industry can become civil engineers by studying a BTEC Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate, or foundation degree in civil engineering.

The Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers offer mature candidate schemes for adults who want to be incorporated or chartered engineers.

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