Jessica Tabinor Candidate Advice
Highway Engineers ensure people and products move around the country quickly and safely on everything from roads to canals. Civil Engineers and more specifically, individuals that can work on Britain’s highways are in high demand due to a number of high profile infrastructure projects and the development of our transport systems around the country. To put it simply, if you’re a Highways Engineer, your skills are extremely desirable to employers within the engineering industry.
So, you’re a trained Highways Engineer and you’re trying to work out your next career move? To omit some of the confusion and help you to find your dream role, we decided to take a look at some of the top highways jobs:
HIGHWAY BRIDGE ENGINEER
WAGE: £40,000 - £50,000
Bridge engineers work on a variety of projects including designing and building bridges from scratch and also maintaining or rehabilitating older bridges. Often Bridge Engineers are required to perform mathematical calculation studies to ensure that the bridges on our highways perform the way that they are supposed to. However, the development of technology and tools enables engineers to do this job quickly and easily.
The role involves a large amount of travelling to each individual construction zone and you can often be faced with challenging questions about the bridges that you are working on so good communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively is very important.
HIGHWAY DESIGN ENGINEER
WAGE: £25,000 - £70,000
Highway Design Engineers deliver detailed design support to infrastructure projects and systems including roads, airports, highways, tunnels, bridges and many more.
This is a great first role to kick-start your career as many Highway Design Engineers start in graduate positions earning around £25,000 with excellent opportunities to progress once you have the experience behind you.
HIGHWAY DRAINAGE ENGINEER
WAGE: £25,000 – £50,000
Drainage engineers specialise in water drainage systems in fields such as transportation, water management, residential and industrial markets. Jobs may include working on highway drainage for minor and major roads or undertaking the flood risk.
Because they spend much of their time on construction sites, they must be comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions.
WAGE: £20,000 - £40,000
Highways Engineers are the backbone of our transport system as they oversee the building, highway maintenance and repair of the highways we use every day. With lots of variety in your working day, you could be working on larger projects like redesigning road links or smaller highway projects like building dropped kerbs.
They are often responsible for a highways team of staff and it is their job to make sure that any construction work is carried safely and to plan.
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