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Civil engineering technician

Civil engineering technicians provide technical support to civil engineers on construction projects.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £45,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll usually need an HNC, HND or foundation degree in civil engineering or construction and the built environment.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has more information on engineering careers.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • maths and science skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • IT skills 
  • communication skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll work on engineering construction projects, in areas like:

  • structural – bridges, dams, buildings, offshore platforms and pipelines
  • transportation – roads, railways, tunnels and airports
  • environmental – public water supply networks, irrigation, drainage, waste disposal and sewage treatment
  • maritime – ports, harbours and sea defences 

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • assisting with initial site surveys
  • arranging lab analysis of soil, rock and materials samples
  • creating engineering design plans, by hand or with computer aided design (CAD) software
  • preparing estimates of labour costs, and the amounts and type of material
  • drawing up timescales for the delivery of supplies, equipment and labour
  • negotiating with suppliers to get value for money
  • inspecting projects and supervising progress
  • reporting problems to site managers and preparing reports for engineers

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £21,000 to £35,000

Highly Experienced: up to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. When you’re on site, you’ll work shifts, including weekends and nights. 

You might be part of an on-call rota to deal with out-of-hours problems.

You’ll work in all weather conditions, and usually wear a safety helmet and protective footwear on site.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisory or site management roles, or specialise in particular areas of the job, like construction design or estimating. 

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Last updated: 22 December 2016