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School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering (ABCE)
Civil and Building Engineering
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Key skills developed during your degree
A civil engineering degree develops many skills that are valued not only by engineering employers but also by those in a variety of sectors, including financial services, management and information technology.
- Ability to research and analyse and interpret data
- Analytical and decision making ability
- Awareness of issues when planning and managing projects
- Business/Commercial awareness
- Communication skills, written and oral
- Creativity and problem solving ability
- Critical thinking and the ability to evaluate design, plans and projects
- Interpersonal and team-working skills
- Languages (optional module)
- Numeracy and computer literacy
- Organisation, time-management and planning skills
- Understanding of effective leadership skills and management
- Understanding of health and safety
Career areas related to the Civil & Building Engineering courses:
- Building Control Surveyor
- Consulting Civil Engineer
- Contracting Civil Engineer
- Quantity Surveyor
- Site Engineer
- Structural Engineer
- Water Engineer
- Construction Manager
- Mining Engineer
Careers where your degree would be useful:
- Building Services Engineer
- Engineering Geologist
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Engineer
- Patent Attorney
- Estate Agent
- Facilities Management
- Property Development
- Property Management
- Town Planner
- Remember 60% of graduate roles are open to all disciplines. A civil engineering degree develops many skills that are valued not only by engineering employers but also by those in a variety of sectors, including financial services, management and information technology.
*You can also look at other course pages depending on other modules you have taken and/or are interested in*
Further study at Loughborough University:
The School of Civil and Building Engineering offers postgraduate courses in a variety of disciplines
The School also offers PhD / MPhil research opportunities
Further study elsewhere:
Postgraduate taught programmes:
Professional development websites:
Where do graduates go?
What do Loughborough Civil and Building Engineering graduates do?
The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programme areas within the School of Architecture, Building and Civil and Engineering.
Six months after graduating in 2017…
- Main activity: 97% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
- Mean salary: £27,542 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
- Industry locations (professional level roles): 12% stayed in the East Midlands, 32% in London, 19% in the East of England, 10% in the South East, 8% in the West Midlands, 7% in Yorkshire & the Humber, 6% in the North West, 4% in the South West, and 1% in Wales.
- Industry sectors (professional level roles): 61% were in construction, 25% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, 5% were in transport and storage, 3% were in manufacturing, 2% were in public administration and defence; compulsory social security, 2% were in information and communication, 2% were in wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, 1% were in accommodation and food services activities and 1% were in real estate activities.
AECOM, Arup, Arcadis, BAM, British Army, Faithful + Gould, Kier Group, Laing O’Rourke, London Projects Ltd, Mace, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald, Skanska, Vinci Construction UK.
Army Officer, Commercial Manager, Construction Manager, Geotechnical Engineer, Graduate Civil Engineer, Graduate Site Manager, Graduate Structural Engineer, Professional Quantity Surveyor, Project Quality Surveyor, Site Engineer, Technical Services Graduate.
Further Study included:
MSc Environmental Engineering.
- View Graduate Profiles from this department
Resources to research career areas
- All About Careers Guide: civil structural & building services engineering
- Institution of Civil Engineers: careers advice
- Prospects: overview of property and construction
- Prospects: what can I do with my degree in civil engineering? (Includes job descriptions, salary and working conditions, details of employers, where to find vacancies and more)
- TargetJobs: construction engineering - industry overview
- TargetJobs: engineering
- TargetJobs: routes to achieving chartered and incorporated status
- TargetJobs: Property
- RICS Surveying Careers Guide
- Obtaining a career in Construction Management ACI article
- UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)
- Talentview Construction
Resources to find experience, placements and graduate jobs
Students have the option of taking a year-long placement in industry which provides an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and technical skills further.
Additionally, we advertise many opportunities for summer internships and encourage students to gain experience valuable in the workplace through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, committee memberships, work-shadowing and part-time work.
- See Careers Online on our website for vacancies and opportunities
Other useful links:
Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)
- Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
- Chartered Institute of Building
- Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)
- Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- Institution of Structural Engineers
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- The Engineering Council
- Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
Sector and labour market information (LMI):
- Careers in Construction: articles and careers information
- ICE: civil engineering sector news
- The Association for Consultancy and Engineering: latest political, industry and economic news affecting the engineering sector
- RICS: latest quantity surveying and construction news
- RICS: latest on land, property and construction
- New Civil Engineer: the office magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers
- The Engineer