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How to become a civil engineer
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by Jessica Tabinor on

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be sharing some blogs with information and advice on key roles within the engineering industry and most importantly, how to get a job in them. 

Thanks to several high-profile projects and heavy investment within the Building, Infrastructure and Construction industries, there is a vast array of excellent Civil Engineer jobs available for engineers in the UK.

Continue reading to find out more and determine whether a career as a Civil Engineer is the right fit for you.


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Civil Engineers play a vital role, taking on the responsibility for designing and managing construction projects. Due to the nature of the role and the wider industry, you could find yourself working on any number of different projects, from bridges and roads to private homes and commercial buildings. 

Your duties and responsibilities may differ depending on the industry and project you’re working on but can include performing site surveys and investigations, creating detailed plans and blueprints, liaising with clients and contractors, managing budgets and resources, ensuring health and safety protocols are met, preparing bids and more.

Your salary can vary depending on the sector, employer and scope of the project you’re working on. Entry level graduate civil engineers can usually expect to earn between £20,000 and £25,000 per year, while more experienced professionals can earn up to £40,000 per year.

As you progress through your career and move into senior roles, or gain chartered status, you can see your salary increase further, moving to between £60,000 and £80,000 per year.

(These figures are intended as a guideline only).

As with other engineering roles, it’s important that you have excellent maths, science and IT skills. You’ll need good attention to detail and the ability to analyse large amounts of data. Communication skills, both written and verbal, are important, and you’ll need to be able to explain complex design plans clearly and simply to clients and contractors.

Problem-solving skills are also key, as is the ability to work under pressure, ensuring deadlines are met and projects are kept within budget. You’ll need a good knowledge of any relevant legal and health and safety legislation, and the desire to keep this knowledge up-to-date. Finally, if you want to progress to higher levels in your career, negotiating and leadership skills are vital.

To become a Civil Engineer, you’ll usually be required to have either an undergraduate degree in engineering or a postgraduate master’s degree in Civil Engineering. It’s vital that whichever route you take, your degree is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Many people will decide to work towards incorporated or chartered status to progress their career. If this is something you’re planning to do, having one of the previously mentioned qualifications is important.
There are other routes available for those looking to enter the field. You could complete an undergraduate degree in a different subject, related to construction engineering, but it may take you longer to fully qualify if you’re working towards incorporated or chartered status.

If you’re going to be spending time on a construction site, you may need to apply for a relevant Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

You can expect to work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Your usual working week will run from Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, although you may sometimes need to work evenings and weekends, as and when specific projects require it.

Your time will be split between an office and construction site, meaning there will be regular travel involved in your role.

For those willing to put in the time and effort, there are excellent opportunities for career progression as a Civil Engineer. Achieving incorporated or chartered engineer status is a great way of broadening your horizons, allowing you to move into more senior roles, such as project manager, or senior or principal engineer.

You could also opt to specialise in a specific field of engineering or move into consultancy.

There are various exciting areas you can choose to specialise in as you move through your career, such as environmental engineering, water management, maritime civil engineering, earthquake engineering and more.

To browse our Civil Engineer jobs click here, or to search for opportunities across the sector click here.

Cx Jobs

Maintenance Engineer

Morson Talent are currently recruiting for a Maintenance Engineer on an initial 12 months FTC basis (Likely to be perm for the right candidate) in the Manchester area. Location Manchester Salary £37,000 + 20% uplift for occasional shift work Hours Days based - Occasional cover shift work (6-2 / 2-10) The Person: * NVQ 3 or above in Engineering ESSENTIAL * Multiskilled - Mechanically / Electrically biased * Various backgrounds considered: Manufacturing, Automotive, Food, Distribution Centres, Automated Warehouse, Recycling, Biomass, Packaging or Printing, Chemical Plant, Brewery, Paper, Manufacturing Plant, Electromechanical / Automated Plant. * Health and safety focused, good awareness and a can do attitude. Desirable: * Bottling, material handling, AGV's, stackers, palletisers * Pneumatics, hydraulics The Job: * Assist with breakdowns maintenance and reliability of electromechanical machinery, equipment, and plant. * Maintenance of various sections of the plant - PPM and fault finding * Monitor production process & machinery performance. * Assist with PPM & breakdown. * Continuous improvement If you are interested in a new opportunity and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 07739311930 or reply with an updated CV.

System Engineer

A Systems Engineer contractor is sought for a contract in Stevenage, Hertfordshire for a SATELLITE DIGITAL PROCESSOR SYSTEM ENGINEER position.Our client seek an expert in digital signal processor design and validation to join the design team responsible for the secure telecommand and telemetry system for a military communication satellite.The role requires an all-round grasp of the digital system, which includes both cryptographic and modem equipment, and its hardware implementation in order to support both system analyses and commissioning of prototype hardware. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYProven Ability in any or all of the following topics will be valuable -Failure mode and related system analyses: FMEA / FMECA, single event effects and security analysis;Cryptographic processing and associated security functions;Modem functions (modulation and coding);Implementation of reliable digital signal processing hardware;FPGA-based prototyping and debugging;End-to-end RF communication systems testingSector knowledge: Space / Aerospace / Defence / Communications ADDITIONALTravel - Occasional travel to other UK sitesBase of Work - Following a familiarisation period on site this role will be working from home then working on site once COVID restrictions are lifted by the client - candidates must be able to work on site full time when required

Composite Technician - Aerospace Panels

Morson are currently looking for experienced composite technicians for our client for roles based in Stevenage.Job Profile Assembly and final assembly of sandwich aluminium composite panel production. Inclusive of: - Potting of inserts Bonding of various brackets and equipment Film adhesives Panel completion General hot and cold bonding processes Drilling, reaming etc. High tolerance requirements (typically better than 0.05mm in various areas). Experience Essential:- Ability to work from detailed drawings and electronic work instructions - within specific procedures Experience working to procedures with checkpoints/quality gates Previous experience such as mechanical fitter, close tolerance sheet metal worker, time served mechanical technician Experience in industries such as Space/Aerospace/Automotive/Motorsport etc. Ability to work in confined spaces above floor level Desirable:- Knowledge of satellite structure assemblies or similar Modern apprenticeship Clean room experience Shifts Weekly rotating double day shifts - 06:00hrs to 14:00 hrs 14:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs Some weekend working Saturday or Sunday may be required at peak times. Other There will be a skills test at interview The successful candidate will be required to pass BPSS security clearance before confirmation of contract offer. Free parking is provided for this role in a municipal car park located approximately fifteen minutes' walk from site.

Warehouse Operative

Warehouse operative Principal Responsibilities Health and safety: Must ensure that safe working practices as stipulated by the company are adhered to at all times. Undertake any relevant HSE training as required. Picking: Accurately collect parts from various locations within the warehouse without introducing errors. Packing: To consolidate picked goods in a secure manner for direct shipment to external/internal customers. 100% double check on picked items to achieve very high accuracy levels. Dispatch: Consolidate packages on the relevant pallet and prepare for collection, i.e. pallet wrapping / loading into carrier cages. Goods Inwards: Check deliveries for damage and check against the delivery note to ensure that we have received the correct quantities of the correct products. Using Rf scanners Communication: On a day-to-day basis communication between various departments is normal. Responsibility for dealing with day-to-day enquiries in a friendly yet professional manner applies to all logistics staff. Operation of a Powered industrial truck is desirable if operator holds licence and is authorised. Other key links & experience areas Customer Services Manufacturing/Goods In Carriers/Couriers ISC Office Please note that these roles are currently part time hours from 4pm - 8pm.

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