Highways engineers are responsible for ensuring that the thousands of miles of road across Britain are in good condition.
There are three main branches of highway engineering : planning, research, and construction. Most highway engineers specialise in one of these areas.
How to become a highways engineer
There are several routes to becoming a highways engineer. You could complete a university degree or college course, an apprenticeship, or apply to an employer directly.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a highways engineer you could study for an undergraduate degree at university. Relevant subjects include :
You’ll usually need 2 - 3 A levels, or equivalent.
College / training provider
You could study at a college to help you become a trainee highways engineer. Relevant courses include :
You’ll usually need 1 - 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a HNC or HND.
You could complete a degree apprenticeship in civil engineering and then specialise to become a highways engineer
An apprenticeship with an engineering company is a good way into the industry.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week.
Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have experience as a highways maintenance technician or highways maintenance operative, you could apply directly to a specialist civil engineering company, or local authority, to gain onsite experience as a trainee highways engineer.
You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced highways engineerand progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a highways engineer.
Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a highways engineer include :
What does a highways engineer do?
As a highways engineer you will be responsible for planning, designing, and supervising projects that keep road networks working efficiently.
The job role of a highways engineer may involve the following duties :
What's it like to be a highways engineer?
How much could you earn as a highways engineer?
The expected salary for a highways engineer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.