Building, groundwork and civil engineering contractors in the North West are of high demand lately, with more projects starting for local communities which require more experienced staff. Projects can range from sea defence work with the use of rock armour, schools and other commercial buildings, residential works and even roadworks.
The West of England growing we need more roads, more offices, more homes and improved services. Research commissioned by the Local Enterprise Partnership suggests that, given the rate and scale of city region’s growth, by 2016 we may need three times more civil engineers than we have at present.
Every day we use and rely on things, which have been created by civil engineers. From supplying energy and clean water to our homes, to processing and recycling our waste, finding solutions to problems like pollution and travelling around the region: civil engineering systems and structures are all around us.
Civil engineers design, build, maintain and operate the infrastructure that we all depend on in our daily lives. The industry has close links with construction, architecture, surveying, transport, utilities and planning - feeding into the local economy on numerous fronts. In addition to those directly employed in the industry, civil engineers enable companies to have the offices and transport connections they need to operate successfully.
The sector has a wide range of disciplines, including building, transport, water, energy and geotechnics. Technical roles are available from apprenticeships through to directorships. Most roles involve a mixture of office and site based work with the balance varying depending on specific projects in addition to your specialism. Civil engineers can gain professional qualifications as Technician, Incorporated or Chartered Engineers through the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.
- Structural – dams, buildings, offshore platforms and pipelines
- Transportation – roads, railways, canals and airports
- Environmental – water supply networks, drainage and flood barriers
- Maritime – ports, harbours and sea defences
- Geotechnical – mining, earthworks and construction foundations
Civil Engineers normally need to complete a degree or postgraduate master’s degree in Civil Engineering, which can be done at several universities, or through apprenticeship routes.