Civil engineering technician

administrative assistant (AA)
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What's it like?

You would help to survey sites and draw technical designs for major construction projects. You’d organise the work and materials for the project and check its progress.

You’d support the civil engineers working in one of these specialist areas:

  • Structural - dams, buildings, offshore platforms and pipelines
  • Transportation – roads, railways, canals and airports
  • Environmental – water supply networks, drainage and flood barriers
  • Maritime – ports, harbours and sea defences
  • Geotechnical – mining, earthworks and construction foundations

You would:

  • Help to survey the construction site
  • Get samples of soil, rock and materials analysed
  • Create engineering design plans by hand or using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • Estimate the labour costs for the project
  • Estimate the amount and type of materials that will be needed
  • Organise the timescales for getting supplies, equipment and workers
  • Negotiate with suppliers to get value for money when buying materials

You’d inspect the projects when they are underway and supervise the progress. You’d report any problems to site managers and civil engineers.

Working conditions

Hours

Typical hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You could work shifts, including weekends and nights, when on site. You might also be part of an on-call rota to deal with out-of-hours problems.

Environment

You would work in all weather conditions, and would be expected to wear a safety helmet and protective footwear on site.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

People behind the job

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Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Persuading people
  • Presenting to people
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Planning and organising

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

A National Certificate (SCQF level 7), Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8).

Or relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as a Modern Apprenticeship leading to a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Construction: Civil Engineering (SVQ level 2/3) or Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7).

Entry requirements for Modern Apprenticeships and college courses vary but most require qualifications at SCQF level 5 to 6. Some employers require up to three Highers (SCQF level 6).

Useful subjects

Most courses require:

  • English
  • Maths
  • A science or technologies subject

You will also need

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent and pass a health and safety test to work and train on construction sites.

Helpful to have

Qualifications that demonstrate an understanding of construction, design and practical skills, such as Skills for Work Construction Crafts (SCQF level 4/5).

A driving licence can be useful.