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Civil Engineering Technician

Working with civil engineers to plan, design and build engineering projects like bridges, roads and tunnels

How this role makes a difference

Every bridge, building, road, or tunnel we use has the expertise of civil engineers built into it. Their expertise helps to make the villages, towns and cities we all live and work in, and they play an ever-increasing role safeguarding and improving environments to preserve them for future generations.

Civil engineering technicians support this design and creation process. They plan, manage, and coordinate the building phase of civil engineering projects, and provide construction teams with project specifications and information. You could be the technician who contributes to remarkable things being built that improve people’s lives, while also considering the environment.

Man and woman looking at engineering drawings

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Producing and modifying engineering diagrams and models
  • Collecting and interpreting technical information and carrying out calculations
  • Using digital technologies to prepare and present designs and visualisations
  • Confirming designs meet all health, safety and welfare requirements
  • Following environmental policies and finding ways to achieve environmental ambitions
  • Supporting construction projects with relevant technical information
  • Meeting with clients, architects, building contractors, and local authorities to present and collaborate on plans
Useful skills
Logical thinking
Useful skills
Communicating complex ideas
Useful skills
Problem solving
Useful skills
Technologically minded

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

You could start your career in a consultancy where you work on a range of different projects for UK and international clients. Or you might decide to work for a large building contractor responsible for overseeing the delivery of major projects.

With experience you could lead a team of technicians, or decide to specialise in the planning of a specific kind of infrastructure or building. Alternatively, you could decide to become a programme manager, overseeing implementation of every part of the process from design to delivery.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

The range of building and infrastructure projects civil engineering technicians can get involved in is extensive. Parks and public spaces need planning, just as much as tunnels and roads. Schools, hospitals, and museums need just as much thought as bridges and offices. Water, waste and coastal engineering systems require just as much civil engineering expertise. And with the constant evolution of technology, such as augmented reality, designs can be experienced in full before they are built.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Civil Infrastructure Technician
Structural Technician
Construction Technician
Design Technician
Engineering Technician
Site Technician

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