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 90 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. 
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We’re an employment-focused course: preparing you for your chosen career is our priority. Developing the next generation of 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

David Bond
Graduate Structural Engineer, Ramboll (Civil Engineering Consultants)

"I was apprehensive about joining a professional consultancy at first, and uncertain of my abilities. However, since joining I have designed steel beams, ground beams, pile caps, reinforced concrete beams, carried out load take-downs and derived the wind loading for a £40 million circular (in plan) 23-storey building, as well as managing to structurally model the effect of the stepped columns for the building, each floor is twisted through a rotation. I have just completed a model of this structure in ETABS to check its stability and to derive the loadings on the shear core. Most of the new graduates here are not doing anything this advanced, which leads me to the conclusion that my senior engineer must be impressed with my work and approach, especially as he was the one that advocated my access to ETABS."

Graham Knott
Graduate Coastal Engineer, Hyder Consulting

"Working as a non-graduate land surveyor in the New Forest in my 20s, I couldn’t help but notice that, all too often, I was training graduates who would eventually out-rank me. It was time for action and I made the decision to study to be a civil engineer at Plymouth. After a very intense but fulfilling few years, the reward was a 1st class MEng (Hons) in Civil and Coastal Engineering. The bonus was the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers’ Eddystone Lighthouse 250th Anniversary Commemorative Medal, plus the Head of School and ICE awards.

During holidays and spare time I was fortunate to gain work experience at Jubb Consulting Engineers and then at Hyder Consulting, who were to become my full-time employers."