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Civil Engineering Senior Technician

The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three years (not including the End Point Assessment of four months) but it depends upon the apprentice's experience and their access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence. The apprentice will complete the HNC in Civil Engineering as part of their studies.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Professional Construction
Apprenticeships
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 4
Number Of Years: 3
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/civil-engineering-senior-technician
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Course Information for Students

The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three years (which does not include the End Point Assessment of four months) but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and their access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

Successful apprentices will gain a Level 4 HNC qualification in Civil Engineering (please see the relevant course page for more information) that meets the knowledge requirements of the standard and is approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers as meeting the educational requirements for EngTech MICE.

English and Maths at Level 3 will need to be achieved before taking the End Point Assessment and will be included in the Level 4 qualification.

This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to achieve Technician status with the Institution of Civil Engineers (EngTech MICE). The Technician Professional Review process for EngTech MICE is included in the End Point Assessment process for this apprenticeship and will lead to the designatory letters EngTech MICE and the status of Engineering Technician.

You can read more about this apprenticeship standard via this link: Civil engineering senior technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

You need to be highly motivated and working in the civil engineering/construction industry. You should have at least one of the following:

  • A Level 3 qualification with an overall grade equivalent of Merit. This could be a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Civil Engineering, a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment, three A-levels in relevant subjects or a Level 3 qualification in Engineering. An international equivalent of these is also accepted.
  • Relevant work/industrial experience of five years (full time). If this work experience is not supported by education qualifications such as GCSEs, then a minimum proficiency in Maths and English at Level 2 needs to be evidenced.

Maths is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in the units taken. An additional assessment of suitability may be taken. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your achieved qualifications and a successful interview.

Please note that, in line with the Consumer Act and as articulated in our Student Protection Plan, we reserve the right to close a course if there are insufficient students to make the course viable.

The main duties and tasks of a Civil Engineering Senior Technician are:

  • Duty 1: Propose civil engineering solutions to well-defined technical problems, by preparing, producing and presenting engineering diagrams and documents to engineering specifications, industry codes of practice, regulations, standards and procedures
  • Duty 2: Deliver appropriate and effective technical civil engineering solutions, by selecting, reviewing and evaluating data and technical information, and by using a range of appropriate engineering methods and processes, including the undertaking of complex calculations
  • Duty 3: Manage civil engineering tasks and supervise team members, by applying engineering management principles to effectively identify, organise and use resources within civil engineering projects to specification, whilst recording, controlling and reporting against agreed budgets or costs, agreed targets and timescales, and with consideration for quality, safety and the contracted terms and conditions
  • Duty 4: Contribute to the design of civil engineering systems, checking the systems designed or delivered meet the requirements of the end user or business need, and that relevant industry standards and procedures are adhered to
  • Duty 5: Use a range of practical and workshop skills, selecting and applying appropriate materials, equipment, technologies and processes, to plan, undertake and analyse civil engineering activities
  • Duty 6: Use analytical and engineering analysis software (such as Computer Aided Design), digital data modelling processes, such as Building Information Management (BIM), and other techniques to inform, develop or manage civil engineering solutions, recognising the limitations of the software techniques used
  • Duty 7: Ensure compliance with health, safety and welfare requirements, apply safe systems of work, including the Construction (Design and Management) regulation, understanding the safety implications of their role and ensuring they apply and improve safe systems of work
  • Duty 8: Identify, evaluate and mitigate risks associated with their own work, and in the projects and activities they are responsible for
  • Duty 9: Comply with relevant policies, standards, regulations, legislation, strategies, technical guidance and codes of practice, for example, Building Safety legislation, Construction (Design and Management) (CDM), or Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB), ensuring they are interpreted and communicated correctly and appropriately
  • Duty 10: Comply with environmental policies and legislation, practise sustainable principles and evaluate how these impact on the civil engineering projects they work on, and how these assist in the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) and net-zero carbon emissions
  • Duty 11: Use quality and information management, and assurance systems and processes, for example ISO 19650, recognising the need for these, and their role in continuous improvement
  • Duty 12: Communicate and liaise effectively with their own project team, and those in other teams, such as customers or specialist contractors, and with internal or external stakeholders, respecting the need for the security of data and information
  • Duty 13: Work reliably and effectively independently without close supervision, and as a member of a team, taking responsibility for their own work and supervising others where appropriate
  • Duty 14: Ensure compliance with equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and ethical standards, recognising the importance of these in the workplace
  • Duty 15: Plan and maintain their own learning and skills development by carrying out continuing professional development in line with professional codes of conduct and/or industry specifications and obligations, and promoting the benefits of this to others


Requirements:

Knowledge

  • K1: Engineering principles, underpinned by relevant scientific, theoretical and technical knowledge and understanding to solve well-defined civil engineering problems
  • K2: Civil engineering techniques, procedures and methods used for civil engineering systems, to either measure and test, design, install, commission, maintain or operate
  • K3: Advanced mathematical, statistical and analytical problem-solving tools
  • K4: Properties of, and selection criteria for, materials, components or parts used in civil engineering solutions
  • K5: Techniques and methods to collect data and technical information, to analyse and evaluate civil engineering problems
  • K6: Design principles and control processes used in the civil engineering consultancy, construction or manufacturing process, and the common constraints faced
  • K7: Technical drawings, designs and models, using analytical and computer-based software packages
  • K8: Uses and limitations of computational and digital models, including Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • K9: Industry policies, standards, regulations and legislation, and codes of practice, including Building Safety legislation, Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) or Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB)
  • K10: Statutory health, safety and welfare policies, procedures and regulations including the Construction (Design and Management) regulation
  • K11: Risk assessment and mitigation processes, and their importance in the civil engineering environment
  • K12: Principles of sustainable development and their impact on the lifecycle of civil engineering solutions, including United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), net-zero carbon emissions, environmental policies and legislations, and the Climate Change Act
  • K13: Project management techniques, including quality and information management and assurance systems and continuous improvement processes
  • K14: Methods for planning and resourcing civil engineering tasks, and the impact on cost, quality, safety, security and environment
  • K15: Methods of communication and when to use them, using appropriate engineering terminology and conventions
  • K16: Roles and responsibilities within the organisation, team dynamics and their own boundaries of authority
  • K17: Relationships between key organisations in the civil engineering sector (for example organisations, customers, partners and suppliers)
  • K18: Equality, diversity and inclusion, its importance and impact on civil engineering solutions
  • K19: Ethical principles as applied to civil engineering including the need for the confidentiality and security of data and information
  • K20: Methods to maintain professional competence and technical knowledge including initial professional development (IPD) and continuing professional development (CPD)


Skills 

  • S1: Apply engineering principles, using relevant scientific, theoretical and technical know-how to solve well-defined civil engineering problems
  • S2: Apply civil engineering techniques, procedures and methods, and review the results, when measuring and testing, designing, installing, commissioning, maintaining or operating civil engineering systems
  • S3: Employ a range of advanced mathematical, statistical and data interpretation tools, using analytical and computational methods to interpret and solve civil engineering problems
  • S4: Interpret and compare performance information to choose compliant materials, components or parts
  • S5: Select and use technical literature and other sources of information and data to address well-defined civil engineering problems
  • S6: Produce and interpret civil engineering technical drawings, designs and models, using analytical and computer-based software packages, recognising the limitations of the software used
  • S7: Produce civil engineering technical solutions in accordance with relevant industry standards, procedures, codes of practice, regulations and legislation
  • S8: Comply with, and encourage others to demonstrate, statutory health, safety and welfare policies, procedures and regulation
  • S9: Complete risk assessments to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks
  • S10: Apply principles of sustainable development, and assess the impact of these in their work
  • S11: Employ project management techniques, measuring and recording progress against civil engineering project plans
  • S12: Assess and report on quality using appropriate management and assurance systems and continuous improvement processes
  • S13: Identify and use resources, equipment and technology to meet project requirements, including specifications, budget and timescales
  • S14: Monitor and manage individual performance, and supervise others, recognising the need to comply with appropriate codes of practice and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) requirements
  • S15: Communicate using appropriate methods for the audience, using appropriate engineering terminology and conventions
  • S16: Apply ethical principles to civil engineering projects, including the secure use of data and information
  • S17: Plan, undertake and review their own professional competence, updating and reviewing their CPD to improve performance


Behaviours

  • B1: Works to health, safety and welfare requirements, industry standards, statutory regulation and legislation, policies, and codes of practice, ensuring others do likewise
  • B2: Makes independent decisions when delivering civil engineering projects, whilst knowing their own limitations and when to ask for help or to escalate
  • B3: Works individually and as part of a team, being aware of their actions and the impact they may have on others, and demonstrating awareness of diversity and inclusion issues so as to meet the requirement of fairness at work
  • B4: Solves problems with attention to detail, accuracy and diligence, and seeks to continually improve
  • B5: Maintains professional and ethical working relationships with internal, external and other stakeholders
  • B6: Takes responsibility for their own professional development, seeking opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skill and experience, and support others when requested

For more information on the qualification part of the apprenticeship, please visit the course page for the HNC in Civil Engineering on DCG’s website.

The apprenticeship entails a combination of work-based learning and learning at the College by completing the HNC qualification on a part-time basis. Please visit the course page for the HNC in Civil Engineering on DCG’s website for more information.

You will need to purchase a scientific calculator and technical drawing equipment. For voice-over PowerPoint presentations you will need access to a microphone. 

You will also need access to a computer or laptop with Internet, Windows 7 Operating System or above, Microsoft Office 2010 or above, and the ability to run AutoCAD Architecture which can be downloaded for free. 

The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists. 

You will need to build a portfolio of work-based learning evidence with the help of your assessor in readiness for the End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your apprenticeship. For the assessment of the HNC qualification, please visit the course page for the HNC in Civil Engineering on DCG’s website.

The purpose of the BTEC HNC in Civil Engineering is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the construction and civil engineering sectors and to adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhances the career prospects of those who undertake it.                                                                                                    

You could progress to the HND at Level 5 or to a BSc/BEng degree or degree apprenticeship (Level 6) in a related discipline, drawing on the broad knowledge base you will have gained from this course.

Completing this Level 4 Higher National Certificate will pave the way to employment in one of the following job roles:

  • Assistant engineer
  • Civil engineering senior technician
  • Civil engineering site technician
  • Civil engineering supervisor
  • Civil infrastructure senior technician
  • Construction site engineering technician
  • Junior site engineer
  • Senior construction technician
  • Senior design technician
  • Senior engineering technician
  • Senior highways technician
  • Senior technician
  • Site manager
  • Structural engineering senior technician
  • Transport engineering design technician

We encourage you to become a technician member with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three years (not including the End Point Assessment of four months) but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and their access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence. The apprentice will complete the HNC in Civil Engineering as part of this higher apprenticeship standard.

The apprentice needs to be highly motivated and working in the civil engineering/construction industry. They should have at least one of the following:

  • A Level 3 qualification with an overall grade equivalent of Merit. This could be a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Civil Engineering, a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment, three A-levels in relevant subjects or a Level 3 qualification in Engineering. An international equivalent of these is also accepted.
  • Relevant work/industrial experience of five years (full time). If this work experience is not supported by education qualifications such as GCSEs, then a minimum proficiency in Maths and English at Level 2 needs to be evidenced.

Maths is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in the units taken. An additional assessment of suitability may be taken. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on the candidate’s achieved qualifications and a successful interview.

Please note that, in line with the Consumer Act and as articulated in our Student Protection Plan, we reserve the right to close a course if there are insufficient students to make the course viable.

The employer should support the higher apprentice during their reviews with the apprenticeship assessor.

  • B1: Works to health, safety and welfare requirements, industry standards, statutory regulation and legislation, policies and codes of practice, ensuring others do likewise
  • B2: Makes independent decisions when delivering civil engineering projects, whilst knowing their own limitations and when to ask for help or to escalate
  • B3: Works individually and as part of a team, being aware of their actions and the impact they may have on others, and demonstrating awareness of diversity and inclusion issues so as to meet the requirement of fairness at work
  • B4: Solves problems with attention to detail, accuracy and diligence, and seeks to continually improve
  • B5: Maintains professional and ethical working relationships with internal, external and other stakeholders
  • B6: Takes responsibility for their own professional development, seeking opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience, and support others when requested

HNC in Civil Engineering

The higher apprentice will need to build a portfolio of work-based learning evidence with the help of their assessor in readiness for the End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of the apprenticeship. For the assessment of the HNC qualification, please visit the course page for the HNC in Civil Engineering on DCG’s website.

Yes, one day a week

They will need to purchase a scientific calculator and technical drawing equipment. For voice-over PowerPoint presentations they will need access to a microphone. 

They will also need access to a computer or laptop with Internet, Windows 7 Operating System or above, Microsoft Office 2010 or above, and the ability to run AutoCAD Architecture which can be downloaded for free. 

The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists. 

They could progress to the HND at Level 5 or to a BSc/BEng degree or Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6) in a related discipline, drawing on the broad knowledge base they will have gained from this course.

  • Assistant engineer
  • Civil engineering senior technician
  • Civil engineering site technician
  • Civil engineering supervisor
  • Civil infrastructure senior technician
  • Construction site engineering technician
  • Junior site engineer
  • Senior construction technician
  • Senior design technician
  • Senior engineering technician
  • Senior highways technician
  • Senior technician
  • Site manager
  • Structural engineering senior technician
  • Transport engineering design technician

You may already have someone in your organisation – or someone who has come to you directly asking for an apprenticeship. However, if you don’t, we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and can provide external advertising through social media and the National Apprenticeship Service’s website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Building and Civil Engineering Technicians

£27261

Building and Civil Engineering Technicians

Civil Engineers

£51870

Civil Engineers

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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