How to Become a Civil Engineer

Become a Civil Engineer

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a civil engineer, a person in charge of large scale town and city infrastructural jobs like twon planning, bridge building and metro system design. 

What Does a Civil Engineer Do?

A  civil engineer designs and maintains infrastructures. This could be anything from roads or sewers to bridges and buildings. They ensure that our towns and cities work the way they are supposed to.

It's not only the civil engineers job to create new infrastructure, but also to adapt what we already have to meet new challenges such population growth and natural disasters.

A civil engineer might also manage large-scale events such as the Olympics, creating the stadium and ensuring the surrounding areas can cope with the temporary increase in population.

There are two roles available as a Civil Engineer.  The first is that of a consultant.  In this role, you will meet with clients to discuss their requirements and complete the design work.  The second role is that of a contractor, and in this role you will oversee the physical contruction.

Amongst other things your day might involve putting in bids for tenders with individuals, business, and local government, creating blueprints, assessing whether something a client wants is feasible and assessing the environmental impact new infrastructures.

Is Becoming a Civil Engineer  Right For Me?

As a civil engineer the following skills are vital:

  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • An excellent ability in maths, IT and science.
  • Good communication skills.
  • The ability to meet deadlines and work within budgets.
  • The ability to analyse data.
  • Project management skills.

How Much Can a Civil Engineer  Earn?

As a Civil Engineer, it is expected that you will earn approximately £24,000 a year.  With more experience you could be earning anywhere between £25,000 and £40,000 a year.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Civil Engineer ?

To become a civil engineer you need to study for a degree in engineering for three years and then study for a further year to complete a masters degree in civil engineering.

You could also, after completing your degree in engineering, join a company on a graduate scheme to train to be a civil engineer.