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Highway Engineer – CIHT Member

What is a Highway Engineer?

Want to build a better future? If so, a career in highway engineering could be a great fit for you. As a highway engineer, you’ll oversee projects and take a lead in the design of highway improvement schemes. With lots of variety in your working day, you could be working on larger projects like redesigning road links or smaller projects like dropped kerbs for highways. Small or large, each scheme presents its own challenges, and its own rewarding moments of satisfaction, too – like the sense of satisfaction you’ll get from using a real-life road you helped to design!

With any project you work on you’ll use your technical knowledge and management skills to get it delivered on time and to budget. As a highway engineer, you’ll take great care in making sure that any new roads and structures will be safe for the people who use them. You know how important safety is, so you’ll triple-check that your designs meet safety guidelines.

DID YOU KNOW? When you become a senior highway engineer, you could be involved in mentoring staff with less experience, helping them to learn and grow. Senior highway engineers say this can be a very rewarding part of the job. You’ve been there, done that, so you’ll know what it’s like to be in their shoes!

So tell me more about how to be a Highway Engineer

To become a highway engineer, you’ll need technical experience and knowledge as well as the confidence to work on big projects like designing and building completely new roads to connect cities and towns. You’ll gain this experience through a mixture of education and employment.

If you’re working on a project for a client and you meet or exceed their expectations, this can lead to more work and bigger projects - so it’s always important to give every project your best and cover every detail right through from design to construction.

Becoming a Highway Engineer… What does it take?

You’ll need to start out your career with a passion for engineering and an interest in changing and improving the built environment.

Qualifications in STEM subjects will help to reinforce your interest in engineering as well as equip you with the skills to go far in the industry.

Building on your interest, you’ll develop your design, project management and technical knowledge through either a degree or an apprenticeship. To gain experience whilst developing these skills, aim to find some work experience with an engineering company or local government. Work experience can be a great way to boost your CV and put your skills to the test.

Learning and development courses and training to build your career

Once you’ve moved up in your career, you’ll be ready to boost your employability and skills by achieving chartered engineer status. You can gain this qualification through an organisation like the CIHT.

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