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If you're thinking about a career in civil engineering, or would like to find out more about it, ICE is here to help.

We can give advice and guidance if you're wondering what subjects to study at school, college or university.

We also provide resources and support for teachers, and other people looking to promote civil engineering.

ICE Northern Ireland has a wide range of materials for people living in the region and working with local schools and colleges.

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.

Education & resources

Tomorrow's Engineers logo

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

Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

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 Georgia Hamilton.

Highlighting some of the projects in your region

We showcase projects across the region, promoting civil engineers' work in in the fields of transport, energy, water, flooding and waste.

Ulster University Campus Redevelopment

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.

New interior of Ulster University
New interior of Ulster University

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 Universitys
Redeveloped Ulster University

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.

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Opportunities in your region

ICE Northern Ireland has strong links with higher education institution in the region that offers accredited engineering courses.

It's Graduates & Students Committee organises a wide range of events - many of which are free - with universities and colleges to encourage students to join in, and to develop their knowledge and skills.

ICE Northern Ireland has close ties with the following institutions in the region:

Universities

Colleges

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