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Consulting Civil Engineer

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Role Description

Civil Engineers are involved with the design, development and construction of a huge range of projects in the built and natural environment. Their role is central to ensuring the safe, timely and well-resourced completion of projects in many areas.

You may choose to specialize in a certain area of civil engineering, such as:

  • buildings
  • coastal and marine
  • construction of dams and canals
  • environment
  • geotechnical engineering
  • highways and transportation
  • power
  • rail
  • structural work
  • tunnelling
  • waste management
  • water and public health.


Student Case Studies

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Starting salary: £23,500
Non-member average salary: £30,450.
Average basic salary of ICE members is about £50,000 and ICE fellows is £81,447 (Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Salary Survey 2013).

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The average working week is 42 hours and may include some odd hours, depending on your specialty and individual project requirements. You may have to work long hours and weekends.

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You can develop your career in a number of ways, according to your interests and the employer you work for. If you work for a large, multinational company you can usually find opportunities to work overseas.

Skills Valued by Employers

  • Technical skills
  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Excellent communication and teamworking skills
  • Ability to work to budgets and deadlines
  • Knowledge of relevant building legislation
  • Attention to detail, combined with the ability to oversee large projects
  • Negotiation and leadership skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Flexibility.