Civil Engineering


Department of Civil Engineering

Careers support and advice

Our graduates hold enviable positions within leading civil engineering organisations 

Once qualified, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to make significant contributions to design and construction teams.

In this section we show you the type of careers you may wish to pursue. We’ll also highlight some of the ways we’ll help you secure a fantastic position in civil engineering.  

Possible careers

Graduates from the Department of Civil Engineering have earnt an excellent reputation among local and international employers for being well-prepared for the world of work.

Previously, our graduates have worked for esteemed employers, including Arup, AECOM, Mouchel, United Utilities, Sellafield, Jacobs, Amey, Black and Veatch and Network Rail.  Many of our graduates also choose to develop within smaller civil engineering companies.

Once you have graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, you could pursue a variety of exciting careers. Here is a short list of some of the roles you might like to consider: 

  • Design engineer
  • Highways engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Water engineer
  • Engineering Project manager
  • Site engineer
  • Consulting engineer

How we'll help you achieve your career

Here are just some of the ways we'll help you progress professionally.

We'll help you secure career-enhancing work placements

Graduating with experience within your chosen field could drastically improve your career prospects. This is why we’ll help you secure career-enhancing work placements. Previously, our students have held placements with companies such as Kier, MLM Engineering, Balfour Beatty, Sutcliffes, Jackson Civils and local councils.

You'll be able to meet employers at our Industry Day

Industry Day is an annual event that will give you the chance to meet representatives from a variety of companies. 

Our courses are professionally accredited

Our civil engineering degree courses are accredited, which will help you to become a chartered engineer after graduation.

Your course has been developed alongside employers

Our courses are designed alongside the Industrial Advisory Board who ensure our courses are industry relevant. The Industrial Advisory Board also help with the management of projects on the course.  Thanks to this collaboration, our courses will provide you with the skills employers are looking for.  

We'll organise educational site visits

When possible we’ll organise site trips with local civil engineers who are working at an interesting and visually useful stage of a project.

We'll introduce you to mentors

Civil engineers working locally act as mentors to our students. These mentors will help you understand the industry perspective on their designs.  

We'll organise projects that will help you gain industry skills

Throughout your time with us you will be given the opportunity to gain industry skills. All of our students undertake industry based projects. For example, our MEng students have recently designed an extension to a local sports stadium.

These major design projects develop team working skills and will enable you to integrate the knowledge you have gained on your course and apply it to a practical situation. 

We can help you start your own business

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has been helping students and alumni get their business ideas off the ground since 2003. The Centre can help you with funding, networking, as well as business, legal and financial advice. Find out more about the type of support on offer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.