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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Welcome to Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a varied profession vital to the design, construction and maintenance of all building projects; of the world’s buildings, roads, tunnels, bridges, dams, transport infrastructures and power stations - we could go on. In fact, you've probably seen for yourself the rate of building progress that's happening in Sheffield at the moment - just look at the ever-changing skyline and you'll see the work of civil engineers at play.

To become a civil engineer, you ideally need to have:

  • excellent maths, science, and IT skills
  • the ability to explain design ideas and plans clearly
  • the ability to analyse large amounts of data
  • a confident decision-making ability
  • excellent communication skills
  • project management skills
  • the ability to work within budgets and to deadlines
  • good teamwork skills
  • full knowledge of relevant legal regulations
Civil Engineering

“I learnt a number of key skills during my five years studying at The Sheffield College. Aside from the fundamental principles of civil engineering, I also gained confidence in presenting, report writing and inter-personal skills.”

Kristian Denton, former Civil Engineering student

Which programme is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your Civil Engineering career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme, join one of our university programmes or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we have something that'll suit you and your learning style.  

What kind of work will I do on my programme?

All of our study programmes in this area contain an element of practical work experience, and our tutors also introduce students to the workplace through study visits to local civil engineering projects, guest lecturers and employer-set live briefs.

You will also learn to use key tools that form the backbone of civil engineering, such as computer-aided design (CAD) software, digital levels, total stations and electric distance machines. This will ensure that you're confident and prepared for when you come to use these tools on the job.

Trips, Visits and Competitions

Our tutors have strong links with employers in the region. There are currently a number of major construction and regeneration projects taking place in Sheffield, and these links have allowed students to gain vital experience through site visits to the developing Chinatown and the Heart of the City II. All of our learners are strongly advised to seek out relevant work experience and industry placements, as well as to take part in supervised site visits to local and nationally recognised civil engineering projects.

Facilities

All of our civil engineering study programmes are based at City Campus, where you will learn in dedicated subject-specific classrooms. You will also learn to use key tools that form the backbone of civil engineering, such as computer-aided design (CAD) software, digital levels, total stations and electric distance machines. This will ensure that you're confident and prepared for when you come to use these tools on the job.

 

What can I do once I finish my studies?

At The Sheffield College, we know that work experience is vital in helping you to fully understand what you've been learning in the classroom and in making you stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for jobs.

With construction projects in the UK on the rise, the employment opportunities within the civil engineering sector are also increasing. There are set to be 4,500 jobs available in the local South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority by 2025!

The average wage for those starting in the civil engineering industry is £15.50 per hour, so it can be a really rewarding career if you're willing to put in the work.

Spotlight on...

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction & Civil Engineering

Whilst we offer a range of civil engineering programmes all the way up to university level, why not take a minute to find out a bit more about our Level 3 Construction & Civil Engineering study programme?

Location: City Campus

  • Mode of study: Part-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • Start date: September 2022

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. 

Example careers

Ever wondered how much an accountant is South Yorkshire earns? Or what skills you need to become a developer?

Civil Engineer

Starting Salary
£15.50/hour

Average Salary
£26.00/hour

High-end Salary
£36.50/hour

Civil Engineering Technician

Starting Salary
£10.00/hour

Average Salary
£15.50/hour

High-end Salary
£21.00/hour

Construction Manager

Starting Salary
£14.00/hour

Average Salary
£24.00/hour

High-end Salary
£34.00/hour

What Courses are available

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Construction Professional & Technical

City Campus
Level 3

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