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Civil Engineering Technician Level 3 Standard


Approx. duration: 36 months

Start Date: September

Attendance: One day a week at the Ipswich Campus

Entry requirements:

  • Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants
  • Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a                 week and have a contract of employment
  • Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough skills scan             assessment to clarify course suitability
  • Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to at least 5 GCSEs                     including Maths (Grade B/5 or 6) and English 9-4/A-C and Science           or the equivalent
  • Apprentices must achieve Functional Skills Level 2 in English                     and/or Maths if they have a GCSE grade below a Grade 4 or C

On-programme learning:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Civil Engineering

End-point assessment:

Delivered by ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers)


Career within Civil Engineering, or possible progression onto the Civil Engineer Degree or higher education.

Course Summary:

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.

Civil Engineering Technicians support in the design, creation and connecting up of the world around us, making the villages, towns and cities work for the people that live in them, and are playing an ever increasing role in safeguarding and improving the environment into our future.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to support:

  • Planning, design, building, management, maintenance or                          dismantling of the built environment
  • Infrastructure, such as transportation (road, rail, bridges, tunnels,             ports and airports)
  • Water and waste management
  • Marine and coastal engineering (irrigation systems, sustainable                 drainage systems (SuDS), flood, river and coastal defences)
  • Water and power supplies (utilities, hydropower, power stations,               nuclear plants, on and offshore wind farms)

Civil Engineering Technicians assist in the preparation and production of plans, designs and documentation to relevant codes of practice and industry standards, such as Construction Design and Management (CDM) or the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB), to statutory and regulatory requirements, and in compliance with health, safety and wellbeing requirements.

They will use and apply engineering principles and techniques, carry out calculations and data analysis, prepare and produce sketches, diagrams, and models, to support technical problem solving and in the delivery of civil engineering designs and technical solutions.  They use a range of tools and techniques, including digital techniques (such as CAD or BIM) to aid the visualisation, communication, measurement and assessment of civil engineering projects.

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for Engineering Technician
  • Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) for                   Engineering Technician
  • Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE) for Engineering Technician
  • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) for Engineering                       Technician
  • Permanent Way Institution (PWI) for Engineering Technician

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