Civil Engineering Technician Apprentice

£225.00 per week
16 Jun 2017
04 Jul 2017
Role Type
Start Date
The apprentice will work as a civil engineering technician providing technical support to engineers who design, build and manage construction projects. These projects will primarily be within the specialism of structural engineering, working on the design of both new-build and refurbishment projects.

A technician will provide technical support to our engineers who design and manage construction projects, mainly in the small to medium-sized building projects. Projects will range from residential/commercial and the arts sector. The technician will become specialised in the structural form of existing buildings and how best to refurbish them.

A technician's work is likely to involve:

  • Designing - surveying the site and producing design drawings
  • Estimating - preparing detailed estimates and producing information on the quantity and type of materials to be used
  • Planning - helping to set deadlines for the delivery of materials, equipment and labour for completing each stage of the project
  • Site engineering - responsibility for checking the progress of particular technical aspects of the construction work

Key elements of the role include:

  • Production of CAD drawings
  • Preparation of calculations
  • Supporting the administration of projects
  • Ensuring outputs meet the required standards
  • Meeting agreed deadlines
  • Working as a member of a team
  • Contributing to providing solutions to problems
  • Working primarily in an office environment and also carrying out site inspections
Requirements and prospects Desired skills

Important skills include:

  • Good communication, numeracy and IT skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work under own initiative.
  • Good at problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • A desire to come up with practical solutions

More generally, strong starting points for becoming a good engineering technician include:

  • Being good at maths and physics
  • A creative and practical nature
  • Ability to adapt and persevere
  • An interest in using computers for design work, calculations and testing designs
  • The ability to think logically and outside the box
  • Ability to collaborate with others
  • Excellent communication skills to present information in speech, drawings and reports.
Personal qualities

You should be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Willing to learn
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Committed
  • Self-motivated
Qualifications required
  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (or Level 2 equivalent) at grades A-C (5-9) to include: English, Maths, a science (preferably Physics), and a technology-related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering, Civil Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering (minimum grade MM) or equivalent qualification.
Future prospects If you became an apprentice technician, you will become integral to a fast-growing practice with the possibility of eventually becoming a senior project engineer at the company. The apprenticeship will run over a two-year period during which you will undertake a supervised programme of training and college day release which leads to Technician Membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers. There is the opportunity to go on to further study to enable you to be qualified to degree level and achieve Chartered Engineer status.

Things to consider The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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