Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

1. Civil Engineering Level 1

As a First Year Civil Engineering student, you will be prioritising settling into your course and generally getting involved with opportunities and supports offered across the University.  

Some useful early career information, planning and development opportunities to start thinking about and engaging with include:

1.  FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH MYFUTURE, DEGREE PLUS, CAREERS SERVICE/CONSULTANTS AT THE SGC AND THE CAREERS WEBSITE.  

  • All Queen's receive a free MyFuture account.  This allows you to view jobs, view/book into extra-curricular careers workshops, employer talks, or one-to-one appointments with a Careers Consultant.  Just download the App or go to www.qub.ac.uk/myfuture and use your Queen's email address as your username and normal Queen's password to log in and view.  You should also look out for MyFuture (download from App store by choosing "Symplicity Jobs and Careers"  and selecting Queen's University Belfast).
  •  The Degree Plus Award offers over 150 approved extra-curricular work experiences, early professional development programmes, global/international experiences and community and voluntary experiences (both inside and outside Queen's).  Check out the Degree Plus website and induction video, ask your Careers Consultant or contact degreeplus@qub.ac.uk if you have queries.
  • Look out for your Careers Consultants and Student Helpers from the Careers Service based at the Student Guidance Centre (SGC) and across the campus. You will meet your consultant at talks/workshops within your course; at Careers/Degree Plus workshops and Pop Ups across campus (including DKB, McClay Library foyer and Careers Fairs) or via booked MyFuture Appointments
  • This webpage for Civil Engineering students is hosted on the Careers website  where the Careers Service also provides general careers information on its website on topics such as how to prepare for job applications and interviews.

2.  COME ALONG AND TRY OUT ONE OR TWO CAREERS ACTIVITIES OF EVENTS DURING YOUR FIRST YEAR. 

You will find 4 key Themed Weeks/Deadlines heavily promoted to all Queen's students each year.  The offer lots of opportunities, information and guidance that will help you to build your CV  and will also help you to gain understanding and practice of how to effectively articulate your skills and experience to employers and others e.g. to help you get summer work, placements and eventually, a graduate job.  These events are:

  • October Science & Engineering Career Fairs and January Work Experience Fair in the Whitla Hall Any student can drop into the fair and browse the employers and opportunities on show.  The Work Experience Fair in January is particularly relevant to First Year students who are interested in gaining a placement or internship in Civil Engineering. 
  • Go Global Week: "Come to Go Global Week to meet the organisations that can offer you the experience of a lifetime to study, work or volunteer abroad"
  • Degree Plus Award (certificate presented to qualifying students along with their Degree Parchment at their graduation ceremony) .  You will notice promotions for two types of accredited activity (Route A or B).  You can get involved or apply for Degree Plus at any time from first year through to Final Year.  The Degree Plus website includes an 11 minute induction video to tell you what Degree Plus is, the benefits of getting involved and how to gain a Route A and or Route B accreditation.  
  • Development Weeks: Open to all students, including First Years.  You will see short events and workshops advertised in January and more significant career development programmes, tours and internships offered in May.
  • Skills for Success Workshops in the SGC:  These short 2 hour workshops offer employer insights to any student of any level (attend 4 as a Degree Plus Route B activity).  They cover topics such as:
    • Develop Your Commercial Awareness
    • Know Your Strengths
    • Ace Your Application

 3.  THINK ABOUT HOW TO MAKE USE OF YOUR SUMMER BREAK TO GAIN WORK OR OTHER EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR DEVELOPING CV.

Getting involved in some of the events suggested above will build up your understanding of the sort of experiences that are available, are of interest to you and show you how to apply to them.  

2. Civil Engineering Mid-Course

At levels 2/3, depending on whether you are studying for a BEng or MEng, most Civil Engineering students will be planning for a placement or other/further work experiences. Below are some of the key things you can do to prepare for this.

1.  ATTEND AND MAKE THE MOST OF THE CAREERS CONSULTANT WORKSHOPS WHERE YOUR SCHOOL HAS ARRANGED FOR YOU E.G AT LEVEL 2.

Week 2:  Monday, 10am-1pm

Civil Engineering: Transferable Skills (Build and develop via course, Degree Plus & work experience)

Week 3:  Monday 10am-1pm

Civil Engineering: CV and Covering Letter

Week 4:  Monday 10am-1pm

Civil Engineering: Interview Techniques (Including mock interviews)

Week 5:  Monday 10am-1pm

Civil Engineering: Oral Presentations (Including presentation practice)

  • Examples of further Information and Resources referred to for Level 2 Careers Consultant Workshops 

 

 2.  CHECK, CLEAN AND PROFESSIONALISE YOUR ONLINE PROFILE 

We have all heard the expression that "First Impressions Count".  This applies to your online image as well as your personal image when you meet a potential employer in person, via skype or in a telephone conversation. 

  • A well considered, professional profile and effective use of social media resources, such as LinkedIn, can also help you to draw an employers attention to you in a positive way and can be helpful in enabling you to identify "hidden jobs". 
  • Check out the Careers Service 8 tips to creating a professional online presence and developing you online network.

 3. RESEARCH AND CONSIDER YOUR CAREER OPTIONS IN MORE DETAIL

Some information from the Careers Service is provided below.  You will also find it helpful to speak and network directly with employers who are interested in hiring and offering placements to Civil Engineers.  You will find further information about opportunities to do this if you scroll down to point 3 below.

3.  START TO MEET, NETWORK AND CONVERSE DIRECTLY WITH RELEVANT EMPLOYERS

  • October Science & Engineering (and other) Careers Fairs in the Whitla Hall 
  • January Work Experience Fair
  • Attend on and off campus Employer Events (e.g. as advertised on MyFuture)
  • Make use of professional bodies e.g. Student membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the networking opportunities that they offer you.
  • Learn how to pitch to an employer in order to catch their interest (e.g. via a 30 second elevator pitch or speculative applications/calls)
  • Make use of online networks

 

 4.  KEEP DEVELOPING YOUR EXTRA-CURRICULAR SKILLS & EXPERIENCES TO FURTHER DEVELOP YOUR EMPLOYABILITY (8 TIPS)

 See 8 Tips to improve your employability

 

 5.  DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE IN EFFECTIVELY SEARCHING AND APPLYING TO JOBS (AS PART OF THIS, YOU WILL NEED TO BE READY TO PRACTICE AND TAKE FEEDBACK ON HOW BEST TO ARTICULATE YOUR ACADEMIC, PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS AND EXPERIENCES TO EMPLOYERS AND OTHERS)

  •  You wil find tailored Job Search Facility in your MyFuture account (contains jobs and placements that employers have asked Queen's to advertise to students)
  • Examples of Job Websites- For Civil Engineering Students

 

 

3. Civil Engineering Final Year and PGT

Ideally, by Final Year you have built up a range of work and other career development experiences, possibly also added an international and/or the Degree Plus Award to your CV (as outlined in the information for Level 2 and Mid-Course students above) and are ready to seek out opportunities to showcase your profile of academic and work-related achievements to employers.  To do this effectively, you will find it helpful to check the following:

  1. Make use a range of job search web tools.  (E.g. MyFuture, Grad Cracker and the other examples shown in the job search section below)
  2. Make use of Careers Service advice and advice, practice and feedback opportunities to produce effective CVs, Cover Letters and job applications.  
  3. Prepare, practice and deliver at interview (may include telephone or Skype interviews)
  4. Where applicable, practice and get familiar with other assessment centre selection instruments that employers may use such as psychometric tests, delivering presentations, group exercises and negotiation challenges)

4. Civil Engineering Graduate Job Destinations and Careers Support for Alumni

EXAMPLES OF GRADUATE DESTINATIONS OF PAST CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENTS

Examples of Employers of Civil Engineers

Kingspan Ltd, White Mountain, Queen's and other Univeristies, O'Connor, Suttin, MCL Consulting, Cronin Consulting Engineers, WYG, J. Murphy, Farrans Construction, Amec Foster Wheeler, Mott McDonald, Dawson Wam Civil Engineering, RPS, WDR RT Taggart, AECOM, Self-Employed.

 

Example of Civil Engineer Graduate Job Roles

Graduate Civil Engineer     

Consulting Civil Engineer

Contracting Civil Engineer

Site Engineer 

 

 

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Consultant

 

Structural Engineer Graduate Over Head Line (OHL) Engineer Researcher/Research Associate

Scientific Officer  

 

 

 

Historical Structures Conservation Engineer 

The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and The Institue of Structural Engineers (IStructE)

hold a joint Conservation Accreditation Register of Engineers (CARE) to identify

engineers skilled in the conservation of historical sites and structures".

Water Engineer

 

 

 

Nuclear Engineer

Building Control Surveyor

 

 

CAREERS SUPPORT FOR QUEEN'S CIVIL ENGINEERING ALUMNI

AS a graduates of Civil Engineering at Queen's University Belfast you may access the full range of CES services, including one-to-one Guidance Appointments and CV checks, for up to two your following graduation. 

Your MyFuture account will remain live in order to allow you to view jobs and book into opportunities and appointments.

You may also find it useful to make use of the wider Queen's alumni community by connecting to the University's Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) and their world-wide graduate networks.   

 

 

 

 

5. Examples of Job Search Tools and Employers for Civil Engineering Students and Graduates

SOME EXAMPLE JOB SEARCH SITES

GradCracker Placements and Internships (for STEM)

GradCracker Graduate Jobs

MyFuture (Jobs, Careers Fairs, Careers Events, Employer Talks, Appointments -access using Queen's email and normal Queen's Password)

Other useful sites and resources

 

Engineering
Atkins ARA
AWE Boeing
HMCC Lockheed Martin
MBDA Careers Rolls-Royce
scisys Selex ES
Oil, Gas and Nuclear
 Careers in nuclear- Atkins  Careers in oil and gas- Atkins
 Culham Centre for Fusion Energy  BP Global
 E.ON  National Grid careers
 National Nuclear Laboratory  The Nuclear Graduate Scheme
 Schlumberger  Shell Global
 TOTAL E&P UK Graduate Recruitment  
 Renewables 
 Careers at CCFE– Culham Centre for Fusion Energy  Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group
 RenewableUK  RWE Innogy
 Telecoms 
 BT Careers  Cisco
 Dialog Semiconductor Graduate Recruitment  IOR
 optics.org- Optics and Photonics Jobs  Quantel- Careers
 Thales  Vodafone
 Scientific equipment manufacturers 
 Aerotech- design and manufacture motion control and positioning systems  Andor– Belfast-based company making high performance scientific digital cameras
 Aquilant Scientific  Bartington Instruments
 Bruker  Cryogenic ltd
 Edwards  Hiden Analytical
 Keysight Technologies  Laser Support Services
 Mason Technology Oxford Instruments 
 Texas Instruments  Thermo Fisher Scientific
 Torr Scientific  CIWEM Jobs Market
 Countryside Jobs Service (CJS)  Earthworks Jobs
 ENDS jobsearch  The Environment Post
 GreenRoles  
 Construction and Property 
 Careers in Construction  The Career Engineer
 Construction Industry Jobs Board  New Civil Engineer 
 ICErecruit  Planning Resource Jobs
 Estates Gazette  Just Construction
 Local Government Jobs  RICS Recruit
 Property Week  JustEngineers
 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)  TM Global Recruitment
 Local Government Jobs  Fish4Jobs Surveying
 Building4jobs  
Business and Management
The NI Civil Service The UK Civil Service and the Civil Service Fast Stream
DFID Department for International Development HMRC have a graduate programme 
HSC NI Graduate Scheme and NHS Graduate Management Scheme National Graduate Development Programme (ngdp)  Graduate training scheme for management within local government
Association for Project Management Jobs Project Management Institute Job Board
Project Manager Jobs Personnel Today
Top Consultant  
 

6. More Job Searches and Employers for Civil Engineering Students and Graduates