Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer

Become a Civil Engineer

Civil Engineers are important to the infrastructure of society; they design, plan and construct roads, bridges, pipelines and buildings. They have an excellent grasp of maths, science and technology and make use of the best resources and techniques. Often the work is split into 3 sectors, Highways & Transport, Coastal & Marine and Water Engineers.

  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Analytical
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Excellent maths, science, and IT skills
  • The ability to explain design ideas clearly
  • The ability to analyse large amounts of data
  • Project management skills

There are a number of ways you can become a civil engineer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or other related subjects.

These qualifications can give you the academic base to become professionally qualified as an engineer or engineering technician with letters after your name.


Newly trained civil engineers can earn £20,000 - £40,000

Trained civil engineers with some experience can earn £40,000 - £60,000

Senior, chartered or master civil engineers can earn £60,000 - £80,000

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.