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Highway Engineer



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    • Highway Engineers are responsible for the design and implementation of road network projects. They are involved in road network maintenance, local road schemes designing, supervising construction teams, preparing tender contract documents, and administering risk assessments.
    • Project Management involves the organisation and structuring of project activities from inception to completion. Activities could be the construction of infrastructure or major and minor maintenance activities. The entire project and involved activities must be handled in a professional manner and completed within deadlines and budget. 
    • Quality management ensures that an organisation, product, or service is consistent. It has four main components: quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and quality improvement. Quality management is focused not only on product and service quality, but also on the means to achieve it. 

  • Did you know? »
    • The first motorway: The UK’s first motorway opened in 1958 and stretched for just eight miles – this was known as the M6 Preston Bypass. Although this was just a short stretch of motorway, within just a few years of this being built, motorways began stretching all over the country, making the foundations of the road network that our cars and logistics companies use today.
  • Routes »

    You can become a Highways Engineer through a variety of paths:


    • Both English & Maths are important subjects.
    • Try to get work experience in Highways or Transport areas


    • From school education, you can go onto a degree apprenticeship with an engineering company.


    • HNC or HND in civil engineering before applying for a job with a company.
    • A-Levels (English, Maths and Technical subjects)
    • BTEC National Diploma


    • You can do a foundation degree or degree in civil engineering.
    • BEng (Hons)
    • BSC (Hons) Degree for IEng

    On JOB Training & Experience to become professional qualified (Eng-Tech, IEng and CEng):

    • IHE (Institute of Highway Engineers)
    • CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation)
    • ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers)

  • Entry Requirements »

    Degree Apprenticeship

    • 4 or 5 GCSEs including Maths and English to Grade 4, or equivalent, and A-Levels.


    • 1 A-Levels, or equivalent Level 3 qualification.
    • You may also need GCSE passes at grade 4 (or C) or above in Maths and Science.


    • Foundation degree: 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, including a Science Degree: 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, including Maths and a Science
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Sound mathematical, scientific and IT skills
    • The ability to think methodically and to manage projects
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Ability to work to deadlines and within budgets
    • Ability to maintain an overview of entire projects while continuing to attend to detailed technicalities
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Negotiating, supervisory and leadership skills
    • Complete knowledge of relevant legislation

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Design and build real solutions to problems
    2. Visualisation matters
    3. Positive environmental impact
    4. Improves others’ quality of life
    5. Challenging and rewarding
    6. Eye for details (identifying errors and gaps)
    7. Huge variety of roles in different industries
    8. Develop professional relationships, where ideas are shared and supported
    9. Impact the world and make a difference
    10. Your contribution counts!

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Structure Engineering
    • Drainage Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Transport Planner
    • Road Safety Engineers/Auditors
    • Quality Manager/Auditors

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I enjoy my work as a Highway Engineer as it gives me an opportunity to meet a lot of people, and gain and share knowledge every day.