The lack of highly skilled highways engineers – particularly at a management level – has been identified by Highways England as one of its biggest concerns in coming years.
The UK construction industry needs an additional 1,270 civil engineers (including highways engineers) to meet demand every year from now until 2019, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). Career prospects are excellent with average salaries are in the region of £19,000 to £28,000.
As a highway engineer, there may be opportunities to be involved in a vast range of transportation projects from minor local proposals improving existing road networks, for example, to complex high profile major developments building new road systems, like the current M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme, that will be used for many years to come. You may often be part of a multidisciplinary team, including architects, planners, air quality and noise consultants, structural engineers and quantity surveyors, to name but a few.
The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis for a wide range of skills and career opportunities in the construction industry or wider civil engineering sector, one of the largest employers in the UK and demand is strong for civil engineering graduates.
The course will help keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit facilities and hear from leading industry figures. These visits are a great way to interact with potential employers and recently have included I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark.
As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.