Civil Engineering

Civil engineering covers a wide range of job roles and specialisms including consulting civil engineers who design projects and contracting civil engineers who take plans and make them into real structures.

Practice Area Civil Engineering
What skills are required?
  • Strong communication skills
  • Creativity and problem-solving ability
  • Analytical skills
  • Maths and IT skills
  • Teamwork and the ability to liaise well with professionals from other disciplines
  • An interest in the design and structure of buildings
  • Technical competence
  • Project and people management skills
What qualifications are required? Entry into civil engineering is typically via an engineering degree or similar qualification, or through an apprenticeship. Both under and post graduate degrees are available. Civil engineers can work towards the professional status with the Institute of Civil Engineers.
What is it like in practice? Civil Engineers can work on the contracting or consulting part of a build project. The work is quite different and good research is recommended before choosing one path over another. Engineering graduates will use their professional expertise to ensure the designs are implemented correctly, to manage teams on site and ensure the projects run to time and budget.
Work Environment Contracting engineers will spend more time on site, working with a particular project for perhaps a year. Consulting engineers tend to work on multiple projects and be more office based, with client liaison, meetings and presentations key part of the role.
Employment opportunities Opportunities exist in the UK, Europe and globally. Firms usually expect a relevant degree and relevant experience for more senior roles. Employers include consultancies, global infrastructure firms, and construction firms.
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Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using science, technology and design to create infrastructure solutions
  • Using visual intelligence and perceptual skills to use plan, charts and diagrams

See more skills used by civil engineers:

  • Researching and explaining data in specialist areas
  • Working in teams
  • Maths skills
  • Using specialist IT programmes and equipment