Civil Engineering Technician Profile
This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Civil Engineering Technician. This page details the following Information:-
- Finding Suitable Work as a Civil Engineering Technician
- Working Duties Expected
- Hours and Environment
- Working Skills Required
- Training Requirements
- Salary Expectations
- Trade Information
- Other useful Civil Engineering Technician Work Information
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Working Duties Expected
Civil engineering technicians provide technical support to civil engineers who design, build and manage construction projects. These projects could be in several different sectors including: construction, marine, transport, and power and water industries. A technicians work could involve:
- design - surveying the site, arranging for analysis of soil and rock samples, and producing design drawings, by hand or computer
- estimating - preparing detailed estimates and producing information on the quantity and type of materials to be used
- planning - helping to set deadlines for the delivery of materials, equipment and labour for completing each stage of the project
- buying - costing and buying of materials, equipment and labour
- site engineering - responsiblity for checking the progress of particular technical aspects of the construction work.
Hours and Environment
Most civil engineering technicians work in offices and on construction sites. Office work would generally be 9am-5pm. On-site there may be shiftwork, weekends and nights. Technicians may be on 24-hour call in case problems arise. On-site work could be in all weathers and also at heights. Safety wear would be provided.
Skills and Interests
To be a civil engineering technician you should:
- be good at maths and physics
- be creative and practical
- be adaptable and persevering
- be interested in using computers for design work, calculations, and testing designs
- be able to produce neat and accurate technical drawings
- be able to think in a methodical way to design, plan and organise projects
- work well with other people
- be able to organise the work of others
- have communication skills to present information in speech, drawings and reports.
Engineering is a field where it is possible to work your way through the system from apprentice to chartered engineer.
An important entry route for technicians is with an employer as a technician apprentice, through Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships. Most apprentices begin training at 16 to 18, but you can join up to 24. You will need four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including maths and science or technology, or an appropriate Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ level II.
Check that the employer does regard this as a technician apprenticeship or traineeship, as Modern Apprenticeships are also a route to craft jobs. You may do the same initial training in basic engineering skills in a training centre as a craftsperson, but you will then go on to spend time helping in a number of departments involved in work such as estimating, production planning and control, quality control and so on.
You can take a full-time course leading to either a vocational A level/GSVQ level III, or a BTEC national certificate or diploma, or an SQA national certificate group award, in engineering. You then apply to an employer for a trainee technician post. To get on this course, you will need four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including maths and science or technology, or appropriate equivalent qualifications.
For details of qualification equivalents see:
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.
The more theoretical aspects of your work may be covered by day or block release to study at a local college. With workplace assessments, this leads to at least NVQ/SVQ level 3. You will probably also study for a BTEC national certificate or diploma, or an SQA national certificate group award, or City & Guilds certificate, or vocational A level/GSVQ level III.
You should aim to get the qualification EngTech. To achieve this you must register formally with The Engineering Council as an engineering technician, and you will need:
- an appropriate qualification such as an NVQ/SVQ level 3, vocational A level/GSVQ level III, BTEC national certificate or diploma, or an SQA national certificate group award
- at least three years initial professional development, including suitable further training and responsible work experience
- to be a member of a relevant professional institution
- to take a final test called a Professional Review.
Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).
There is a wide range of opportunities for technicians in civil engineering, examples include: consulting, public sector work, power and distribution, transport, mining and overseas projects.
The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.
New entrants start at around £14,000 a year.
Experienced technicians average about £25,000 a year.
Senior technicians may earn over £30,000 a year.
The Institution of Civil Engineers
1 Great George Street
Tel: 020 7222 7722
The Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891
The Institution of Structural Engineers
11 Upper Belgrave Street
Tel: 020 7235 4535
SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
Tel: 0808 100 3682
Construction Industry Training Board *
Tel: 01485 577577
* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some will continue operating for several months. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.
From March 2002, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills began licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk
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