How to become a civil engineering technician
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You could do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in civil engineering.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
You could do a college course that would teach you some of the skills needed to become a civil engineering technician.
Relevant courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment
- Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering
- T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
It might be useful to have knowledge of computer aided design (CAD) software like AutoCAD, PDS or Civil 3D. However, you'll usually be able to learn how to use CAD software during your course.
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level
You could apply for an apprenticeship, such as:
- Civil Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
- Civil Engineering Senior Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
These usually take 3 years to complete as a mix of learning at work and study.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
- you'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for professional development opportunities.
You can find more advice about careers in civil engineering from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).