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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design the physical infrastructure that surrounds us. Roads, bridges, airports, railways and other significant construction projects are built and maintained with the input of civil engineers.

Civil engineers will take on a wide range of responsibilities to ensure that large scale projects are delivered. These range from assessing the feasibility and challenges presented by proposed projects all the way to designing the project itself and selecting and managing the resources used and maintaining the infrastructure on delivery. This means they are often coordinating between the work of many other specialists, ensuring that the electrical engineers, mechanical engineers and construction contractors working on a construction project are on track.

Career Paths

The most common areas in which civil engineers work are in construction and the public sector. Here they will go about shaping the built environment that surrounds us. The government is the driving force behind the majority of major construction projects, the building of roads, hospitals, bridges and other public goods that present significant construction challenges and have a long lifespan. Civil engineers who work in the public sector are key to the delivery of these projects and to their ongoing maintenance.

Utilities companies also have significant demand for the talents of civil engineers to manage the infrastructure necessary to deliver water, electricity, broadband and other services to homes and business.

The range of possibilities open to you means that as your career develops you will have opportunities to specialise. You could develop your project management skills and take on a less hands on role or develop knowledge in a specific field such as fire protection, certification of builds or in structural design work. With over 400 engineering courses offered across undergraduate and postgraduate level, there is no shortage of entry routes to a career in engineering. Most of these courses focus on a specific field of engineering and at postgraduate level the degree of specialisation becomes greater.

If you’re set on a field there is likely to be a course that will allow you to study it from the outset, but many undergraduate engineering programs offer a general entry option, allowing students to study a range of topics and make a decision on their area of focus later, with the benefit of direct experience.

Occupations in Civil Engineering
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Building / Construction Project Manager

Supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site.

Building Technician

Building technicians support and assist professionals and managers during building projects including drawing plans, estimating costs, planning methods of work and arranging sub-contractors.

Engineering Technician - Civil

Helps engineers and architects to organise the construction of structures like bridges, roads and railways.

Site Engineer

Works as part of a building site management team, performing a technical, organisational and supervisory roles on projects such as civil, road, rail and other infrastructure projects.

Site Forman

Foremen are experienced construction workers who are responsible for supervising work on a site, guiding other construction operatives, ensuring standards are met and coordinating the carrying out of tasks.

Site Foremen possess a variety of technical skills, specialist knowledge and are adept at managing day to day operations.

Town Planning Support

Carry out administrative and technical work on decisions that help shape local communities. This can include work on designs for town and city building developments, new road layouts or environmental policies.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) Professional

Building Information Modelling (BIM) professionals are experts in different areas of BIM and the built environment.

Building Engineer

Building engineers are concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation, renovation, and maintenance of buildings, as well as with their impacts on the surrounding environment

Construction Planner

Construction planners chart the steps that take a construction project from idea to completed structure. They determine the tasks required and estimate timelines, their primary goal is ensuring construction projects are delivered on schedule and to budget, along with any other priorities that have being set.

A construction project involves a vast array of moving parts, resources and people, the work of the planner is essential to ensuring the work proceeds smoothly.

Construction Site Manager/Site Agent

Construction Site Managers, also known as Site Agents, oversee the day to day operations of construction sites, ensuring the smooth progression of the various work being carried out. This role takes in preventing delays, planning, ensuring budgets and timelines are met, observing health and safety standards and checking the quality of completed work.

Construction Planner

Construction planners chart the steps that take a construction project from idea to completed structure. They determine the tasks required and estimate timelines, their primary goal is ensuring construction projects are delivered on schedule and to budget, along with any other priorities that have being set.

A construction project involves a vast array of moving parts, resources and people, the work of the planner is essential to ensuring the work proceeds smoothly.

Engineer

Engineers design, develop, improve and maintain a vast range of the technology that surrounds us, from sports trainers to roads, tunnels and bridges, and from light bulbs to space satellites.

Engineering Production Manager

Responsible for the day to day tasks involved in keeping an engineering production process working safely and efficiently.

Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers focus on projects related to natural resources rather than man-made projects and prioritise environmental protection and conservation in design and development projects.

Estimator / Cost Engineer

Works out how much it will cost for a business to supply product or services to a client.

Geological Technician

Geological technicians help and support the work of geoscientists including geologists, geochemists and geophysicists whose work involves the study of the Earth's rocks and minerals.

Geomatics Surveyor

Maps the built and natural environment in order to provide accurate spatial data which facilitates planning, development and conservation.

Landscape Architect / Designer

Works as part of a team of architects, surveyors, town planners, engineers and landscape contractors to design the landscape around us, such as parks, stadiums and public squares.

Quantity Surveyor (QS)

Calculates the cost of building projects, taking into account labour, materials, taxes and maintenance costs.

Structural Engineer

Designs and supervises the safe construction of structures like bridges, stadiums and large buildings.

Surveyor

Conducts surveys of property and natural resources such as buildings, land and sea.

Traffic Engineer

Traffic engineers plan and design transport improvements including junctions, parking, traffic control systems and public transport systems.