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If you're thinking about a career in civil engineering, or want to find out more about what civil engineering actually is, ICE can help.

We can help you learn more about the different sectors within civil engineering, what the job actually entails, what subjects you should study in school, or what the best pathway to civil engineering is for you.

As part of our Pre-19 activity, we also provide information and materials for schools and colleges, and our regional members are always keen to help the next generation of civil engineers at careers events.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a range of multimedia resources for teachers, careers advisers, parents, and volunteer ICE ambassadors.

So if you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here. We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools resources you need

ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering. The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:

  • Are mainly aimed 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Show what young people can achieve by studying maths and physics
  • Tell you about the huge range of careers available in engineering
  • Explain the different ways to get an engineering career

Find out more about Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

Find out more about work we're doing in Northern Ireland to help promote civil engineering to young people.

Bridges to Schools

Watch pupils from the East Midlands take part in Bridges to Schools

Bridges to Schools - Our most popular Pre-19 activity is aimed at primary school children. Our Bridges Coordinator and ICE Ambassadors bring a flat-packed 16 metre long bridge to around one school each month. Groups of children are given the opportunity to wear high viz jackets and hard hats to assemble the bridge and walk over it!

Careers events

Careers events - ICE Ambassadors attend around 20 careers events each year, speaking to pupils in a range of settings; mock interviews, information stands, or presentations to a whole year group.

Interested in getting involved?

If you're a teacher and you'd like us to come to your school, you should contact Jude Milway in the Regional Support Team

Interested in helping?

If you think you could help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We're always on the look out for new Ambassadors to visit schools and help enthuse children across the region.

If you're interested we want to hear from you.

Find out more and register your interest

Ulster University Campus Redevelopment

New interior of Ulster University
New interior of Ulster University

The new Ulster University Belfast Campus is a £250m project at York Street adjacent to and opposite the existing Belfast campus building. Around 72,000 sq ft of new university space, and 4,500 sq ft of refurbished space, will be provided to house up to 15,000 students and staff currently based at Jordanstown.

The new campus will consist of four interlinked buildings at York Street, Frederick Street and Donegall Street with entrances on York Street, York Lane and Frederick Street.

The new campus will have an overall size of 75,000 square metres, equivalent to the size of Victoria Square. Designed by architects Feliden Clegg Bradley Studios, the campus will have two landmark lantern buildings; one at the corner of York St and Dunbar Link, the other at the corner of Donegall St and York St. One side of the building will be red brick and glass, the other white brick and glass to reflect the pattern of surrounding buildings in Royal Avenue.

The University plans to move from Jordanstown to the new campus by 2018, with the relocation of 12,450 students and 1,300 staff! Subject to planning permission, the University will keep the £13 million High Performance Sports Centre in Jordanstown and will spend an additional £6.3 million on enhancements for those facilities. The specialist FireSERT engineering research facility and Dalriada student villages will also be retained at Jordanstown.

The UK Contractors Group estimated in 2009 that £1 billion of major construction generates 32,000 jobs. With a £250 million investment, the University believes there is the potential for 5,000-8,000 jobs across construction and other sectors that support major capital works.

Redeveloped Ulster University
Redeveloped Ulster University

What is civil engineering?

If you want to know more about civil engineering, then you're in the right place. Our What is civil engineering section contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Examples of inspiring civil engineering achievements
  • Interviews - find out what inspired civil engineers to choose their career
  • Profiles of some of the most famous civil engineers to have lived

Find our more about civil engineering

Near you

To help promote civil engineering achievements close to you and across the UK, we're running a campaign called This is Civil Engineering. We're highlighting projects across the Northern Ireland that are helping to improve lives and improve our environment.

Find out more about This is Civil Engineering

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Please see the list below for accredited centres offering civil engineering courses in the region.

Universities

  • Queen's University Belfast
  • University of Ulster

Colleges

  • South West College
  • North West Regional College
  • South Eastern Regional College
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Southern Regional College

Already studying?

If you're already studying a civil engineering course, then you could be eligible for our FREE student membership.

Becoming a member of ICE offers you a wealth of benefits, from access to free resources like our Ask Brunel service (get an answer to any civil engineering question!), to a free subscription to New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine.

Join ICE today

Find out more and become a student member for FREE

Careers in civil engineering

If you're thinking about your career options, we're here to help. Our careers section contains a wealth of information on what you need to do to become a civil engineer. You can find out more about the qualifications you'll need, how your career could advance and how we can help you to become a professionally qualified civil engineer

Explore our Careers and professional development section

Work+ Apprenticeships

It’s work. Plus so much more:

  • A £10,000 starting salary
  • No fees
  • A pathway to professional qualifications
  • The first step in your career

There is major demand for civil engineering skills. The Work+ apprenticeship is your first step into this growing industry and your chance to make a difference in people’s lives. It will take two years to complete and you’ll be a professionally-qualified engineering technician at the end.

You will be released from the workplace one day a week to receive training tailored to your needs at one of the six Further Education colleges in partnership with Work+ (see right).

Civil engineering isn’t just for engineers – the industry needs technicians as well

Civil engineers and technicians work side by side to create solutions and deliver the projects that build our quality of life. You could design the infrastructure we use every day:

  • Supplying clean water
  • Building flood defences
  • Constructing roads and bridges
  • Designing buildings
  • Creating greenways
  • Turning waste into energy
  • Building networks for gas and electricity
  • Protecting the environment

What do you need to apply?

The entry requirements for potential apprentices are a minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C, including English, Maths (Grade B or above desirable) and Science. Essential Skills Literacy Level 2 may be accepted in place of GCSE English. You can still apply if you are sitting your exams later this year.

We are looking for someone interested in any of the following:

  • Improving people’s lives
  • Being part of a team
  • Understanding how things work
  • Solving problems
  • Designing or drawing
  • Maths
  • Technology
  • Computers and IT

Watch Work+ apprentices speak about their experiences:

2017 Applications

The first round of 2017 applications is now closed. However, it is anticipated that there will be a second applications period in summer 2017. To register your interest and to receive up-to-date information about the 2017 recruitment and selection process, please fill out the form below.

Participating Employers

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Testimonials

I have 100% support in whatever aspect of the job I’m doing, whether it’s in the office or on site. If I need help with my college work there are so many people that can help.

Tammy Whelan, Work+ apprentice, Arup

As an employer, Work+ is brilliant because it allows us to recruit from a wider pool of talent and bring younger people with new ideas into our organisation.

Martyn Harvie, Atkins

Delivered in partnership with:

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