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How to earn good money in Civil
Engineering - students salary guide
Your development and future prosperity depends on you succeeding to your highest capabilities as a
professional engineer. Professionally qualified engineers earn significantly more than their counterparts so it is
important that you achieve this recognition. This interactive checklist will help you prepare for life after
university and become professionally qualified and earn good money! A survey of salaries by the New Civil
Engineer magazine in June 2002 showed that graduate engineers registered with the ICE could earn up to
£31,717. However good graduates just starting out in London would expect to earn in the region of £20,000
per year. The average salary of a member of the ICE was £43,000 (NCE 27/1/05).
This document has been put together by the Institution of Civil Engineers to help you on your first steps to
achieve a high professional standard. By joining the Institution of Civil Engineers as a student member (free if
you are on an accredited course) you have access to many benefits, including sponsorship (QUEST) and the
opportunities to network and attend ICE events here and around the globe. We have an international presence
in over 150 countries with our network of country representatives.
1. Join the ICE as a student member – this is free if on an accredited course otherwise ask for it as a
Christmas present it is well worth it in the long run. Once a student member you can always up-date
your own details when you leave university or even move ‘digs’.
2. You will need to have prepared an electronic cv - no more than two sides of A4. Also visit the Institution
of Civil Engineers web site for CV preparation.
3. A useful website for all undergraduates and graduates leaving university is
4. Obtain work experience during the holiday periods – this may lead to full time employment at a later
date. (see http://www.scenta.co.uk/scenta/careers.cfm or http://www.bconstructive.co.uk/careers/)
5. Try and find work through a company running an approved ICE training scheme (A-C, D-L, M-R, S-Z)
or through the ICE QUEST Scholar scheme or by other organisations offering sponsorship.
6. Candidates from overseas working towards a professional qualification (IEng or CEng) can easily
obtain a work permit in the UK.
7. During any work experience complete part of the ICE tasks/objectives (ICE2011b) and record any
courses you may attend including safety lectures – this will help you obtain work in the future.
8. Attend learned society meetings and visits - these are generally free – it is a good idea to go to any ICE
graduate and student events and seek the graduates advice.
9. To help you and your colleagues prepare for the world of construction why not enter the MERIT game.
10. Always dress appropriately for any interview or job situation.
11. If working on a construction site or overseas remember that there are many allowances available –
please ask at your interview.
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12. Again if working on a construction site in the UK you will need a CSCS safety card – the employing
organisation will sort this out for you.
13. There are specific web sites where you can register if you are seeking employment or even for
summer work – try some of these http://www.designajob.co.uk/ . http://www.icerecruit.com/.
14. You may like to consider an overseas assignments- Red R / Raleigh International.
15. A good source of information, books and videos are available from the ICE Library.
16. You can always ‘Ask Brunel’ if you have a civil engineering problem - why not try it now to solve that
college work - it is no good asking Dad! However you need to be a student member.
17. Contact your Local ICE Regional Support Manager – use the search engine (see ‘search’ on top right)
on the ICE web page or your ICE Staff Liaison Officer / Careers Officer for further assistance.
18. Lastly work hard on your academic qualifications – this is very important.
The ICE has provided additional useful links to help with your career and find some sponsors.
I hope you will become a full member of the ICE in due course and in the meantime ‘Good luck’ with your
(the blue links all work at date shown below – but if you are having difficulty go to the ice website
(www.ice.org.uk) – look under membership then forms and booklets.)
Chris.Rickards@ice.org.uk – Institution of Civil Engineers - revised 12 September 2005