A Civil Engineering Technician provides support to engineers and other construction professionals in the design, development, construction, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of the built environment and infrastructure. In doing this they will be required to have a broad skills base to work in areas which include sustainable construction, structural integrity, geotechnics, materials, tunnelling, marine and coastal engineering, water, waste management, flood management, transportation and power.
As a technician you work will involve design, where you are involved in producing solutions for construction; site engineering where you are supporting with the quality assurance, health and safety risk management; or project delivery where you are contributing to the planning and budget management of a development.
This apprenticeship standard will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be a qualified civil engineering technician, whilst developing behaviours required by this role.
There is a mandatory knowledge qualification to be achieved. This is the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Studying over two years you can expect to cover units that include
· Construction Technology
· Health and Safety
· Graphical Detailing
· Management of a Construction Project
· Measurement Techniques
· Construction Principles (assessed through examination in January)
· Construction Design (assessed through externally set and controlled synoptic assignment in May)
· Site Engineering
· Building Information Modelling
· Further Mathematics
In addition, you will study and complete a competence qualification to develop your skills in this area
The competence qualification to be achieved is the Level 3 NVQ Diploma Civil Engineering for Technicians.
Supported by your employer you will collate evidence that demonstrates your progress and ability to complete the technical role in the work place.
On programme assessment for the Diploma will be through a combination of written assignments, external examination and an externally set design project.
On programme assessment for the NVQ Diploma will be in the form of a portfolio of evidence developed over the period that evidences completion of work projects and activity. This will be supervised by a mentor in the work place and assessed and verified by the college.
On completion of this programme and when signed off as achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours by the employer, you will be entered in for the end point assessment. Preparation and completion for this is anticipated to take two months and it forms a two-part process.
1. You will be provided with a technical project by the Professional Institution to which you will develop a response/solution. This will be done by preparing a presentation that considers a number of options and then selecting one with a full explanation as to why. In addition, you will produce a written report of 1400 to 1600 that demonstrates how your development through the training has supported your development as a competent Civil Engineering technician
2. This will be when you present in 10 minutes your project work and have a 30 to 40-minute structured interview around your report.
To successfully complete you must pass the end point assessment. Upon successful completion you will be entitled to register as an Engineering technician
Whilst employers will set their own requirements, it is expected that an apprentice will have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 (A*-C) including Maths (Grade 6 or above (B), English and Science or their equivalent.