What is civil engineering
Learn all about civil engineering and the people who make it happen
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 Yorkshire and Humber has a wide range of materials for people living in the region and working with local schools and colleges.
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, career information and useful links to lots more.
ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering.
The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:
Yorkshire and Humber's 'Ambassadors' have been taking part in events across the region to encourage people of all ages to find out more about engineering.
Recently ambassadors have taken part in delivering the giant tetrahedron activity to 27 teachers from across the country at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.
Andy Magee, from the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Regional Education Team also visited his old primary school, Hoyle Court in Bradford, to deliver the Skyscraper Challenge to pupils.
Visitors were also challenged to build part of the team's giant tetrahedron.
We have a range of resources for teachers and those wanting to visit schools that help explain the role of civil engineering and inspire young learners.
Find our more about some of the activities we've carried out in the region. If you've got any questions, or are interested in running an event then please contact us.
We showcase projects across the region, promoting civil engineers' work in in the fields of transport, energy, water, flooding and waste.
Sir Titus Salt was a Bradford industrialist who made his fortune spinning and weaving the soft wool from alpacas.
Salt came from a religious family and was interested in the well-being of his workers. At the time, cloth mills were often gloomy and unpleasant places to work, and workers lived in slum conditions. Instead, Sir Titus wanted his Salt’s Mill to provide ‘ventilation, convenience and general comfort’ for his workers.
Salt also wanted his new factory to be impressive. He rejected architects Lockwood & Mawson’s initial design, saying it was ‘not half large enough’.
When Salt’s Mill opened in 1853, it was the largest building in the world by floorspace and contained the single largest room in the world.
Salt ploughed some of the profits from Salt’s Mill into building Saltaire – a village for his workers to live in.
Saltaire was built in the Italian style and took 20 years to complete. Every house in the village had sanitation and gas supply. There was also a hospital, school, park and church, as well as public baths and wash houses.
Salt’s Mill closed in 1986. The site was successfully redeveloped as a shopping and recreation centre. The building is Grade II listed.
Saltaire was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001.
The Huddersfield narrow canal links the Huddersfield Brad canal with the Ashton canal at Portland Basin in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester. The structure follows the valleys of the rivers Colne and Tame.
The 32km canal is the highest in the UK – 197m above sea level as it passes through the Standedge tunnel. With 74 locks, 10 reservoirs and 5 aqueducts, it can take boats up to 21.3m long and 2.1m wide.
The structure has a summit pound 6.4km long. A summit pound is a canal’s highest stretch of water between 2 locks.
From its summit, the canal falls 108.2m through 32 locks to the west in the direction of Manchester. It falls 132.9m through 42 locks to the east in the direction of West Yorkshire.
The route passes through 2 tunnels — the 200m Scout tunnel and the 5.2km Standedge tunnel between the villages of Diggle and Marsden. The Standedge tunnel is both the longest and highest canal tunnel in Britain.
The canal originally had 2 reservoirs – both in the west Yorkshire stretch. March Haigh reservoir holds 323m litres. Slaithwaite reservoir has a capacity of 309m litres. A further 8 reservoirs were built in later years, adding 911m litres to the scheme’s overall capacity.
The structure was built to carry cargo between the growing industrial centres of Huddersfield and Manchester. It closed in 1944 after operating for 133 years. It reopened in 2001 for leisure boats.
It’s one of the projects celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford was involved with.
York railway station was the largest in the world when it opened in 1877. Built by the North Eastern Railway, the structure included 13 platforms, a train shed, station buildings and a hotel.
The track layout of the new station allowed trains to pass directly through York for the first time. The previous building, now known as York old railway station, was designed as a terminus – trains for London had to reverse out of the station to continue their journey.
York station was designed by Thomas Elliot Harrison, a former president of ICE.
Two additional platforms were added in 1909. Other later works included repairs after extensive bombing in World War 2 and changes to track layout in 1988 as part of preparations for electrification of the line.
York remains a key junction today. It's approximately halfway between London and Edinburgh. The station is about 5 miles north of routes connecting Scotland to the Midlands and southern England.
York station became a Grade 2 listed building in 1968.
The 7,280ft (2,220m) long Humber Bridge was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world when it opened in June 1981.
There had been talk about a crossing at this point for over 60 years – the first designs were produced in 1927. But the project had been controversial. Critics said the planned site was not a particularly busy route and the bridge would be expensive.
Despite opposition the local council was keen to stimulate the local economy and lobbied hard for the bridge to be built. Work finally started in 1973.
The Humber Bridge now joins east Yorkshire to north Lincolnshire and has become a local landmark that's visible from miles away.
The bridge was made a Grade 1 listed building in 2017 to mark Hull's year as UK City of Culture.
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.
ICE Yorkshire and Humber 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 Yorkshire and Humber has close ties with the following institutions in the region:
We provide a range of professional development training courses to help you develop further.
Delivered over two days this training course uses notes, presentations, tutorials and delegate discussion to address the key geotechnical and structural criteria for the design of a range of foundation types commonly used for building and civil engineering structures.
A one day training course focussing on temporary works above ground. It is complemented by a similar training course focussing on works below ground.
A useful one day training course that illustrates the changes in behaviour and culture required for the successful roll-out of BIM across a project or organisation, and what personal and developmental skills individuals need to implement BIM Level 2 culture. Completing this training course contributes to your achievement of the ICE Certificate for BIM.
Experts from across the water sector tackle current issues such as demand management, flood risk and security
Find out about the latest civil engineering project changing peoples lives.