Careers

A career in civil engineering can take many paths. We’ll give you the advice you need to take the direction you want, helping you to bridge the gap from graduation to employment, and take the first step towards your rewarding career. 

With 86 per cent of graduates employed in a professional or managerial role six months after graduation, the connections we provide are meaningful and will have a direct impact on your employability. [Source: Unistats].

We’re an employment-focused course: preparing you for your chosen career is our priority. Developing the next generation of incorporated and chartered civil engineers means providing you with opportunities to connect and engage with the industry, from site visits and guest speakers to work placements.

Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of roles and disciplines across both he public and private sectors, here in the UK and overseas. Possible career paths include:

  • bridge engineering
  • highway engineering
  • water and waste engineering
  • flood engineering
  • nuclear engineering
  • geotechnical engineering.


Where our graduates are now

Simon Morris

Graduate Engineer, Water Business Group, Halcrow Group Ltd 

“I have now been working for Halcrow for three years. I am one of many Plymouth graduates here, including my line manager, who graduated in 1990.

I started off on a reservoir project in north London, designing five new flood storage reservoirs as part of a £10m scheme. I am now project managing the scheme, and am responsible for all of the design, finances and resources, as well as consulting with the client and the third parties. I am also managing a number of work packages under a framework with the Environment Agency which involves the inspection and refurbishment of their assets in the Anglian region.

I have also worked on private finance initiatives for the Highways Authority. We designed new, innovative ways to procure construction contracts and to measure the efficiency of the contractor/consultant partners.

I can safely say that going to Plymouth was the best choice I could have made. It gave me both a broad appreciation of civil engineering and a knowledge of the more specialist and technical disciplines.”

 

Timothy Fletcher

Graduate Engineer, Galliford Try Infrastructure 

“I am working on one of the highest valued projects in the South West, the new South Devon link road between Newton Abbot and Torquay. Once the project is completed I could be transferred onto other projects nationally or even internationally, moving me steadily on the path towards professional membership.

To be working on a project of this scale, and also being brought on board for the full duration of the project has already presented opportunities to achieve development objectives in the near future. These have included presentations to school and college students as well as engineering and construction related activities.

The varied subject material provided by the civil engineering degree course at Plymouth has given me a wider basic knowledge that can be applied to any problems encountered in my specific working environment.

For a university of 'recent' emergence, the energy and dedication of the lecturing staff is sublime with a real open door policy. This gave my fellow students and me a real sense that the lecturers really wanted us to succeed and encouraged us in our chosen points of interest and study. Personally, our group interdisciplinary design project for an affordable housing scheme in Cornwall (which received the highest mark since the module began) was my biggest achievement. Outside the classroom, you won’t find a much better social atmosphere and night life when the studying gets done!”

 

Jemma Bennett

Engineer, Mouchel 

“After graduation I joined Mouchel as a Graduate Engineer. As well as getting involved with lots of highways drainage improvement schemes I joined the Mouchel Graduate Development Programme which gave me an opportunity to develop my softer skills such as networking, presentation and leadership.

In the four years I have been here I have been promoted twice and I am currently an Engineer responsible for various urban drainage projects, the management of some ex Plymouth MEng graduates and I am the Environmental Coordinator for my office. I am also currently studying for an MSc in Urban Water Systems on a part-time basis.

As well as my roles at Mouchel I am also the New Members Coordinator for the CIWEM (The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) South West ranch and have helped arrange numerous events. I am also a speaker for WaterAid to help ensure people are made aware of the global water and sanitation crises.

My advice for current students would be get involved, work hard and get as much experience as you can whilst you’re at university, e.g. summer placements.

Engineering is not an easy course, but it is an important first step to a great career and networking will get you a long way, so start now!”