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Opportunities / Graduates

The first step – graduate engineer

Most likely you will be a graduate in civil engineering or perhaps engineering geology/applied geology, if the latter you may well already have some experience in site investigation, which offers an excellent route into the foundation sector for non civil engineering graduates.

As a graduate foundation engineer, you will probably be site-based for your first few years, and geographically you should expect to travel widely and depending upon your employer this may include working internationally.

Foundation contracting offers a route to fast track project management – responsibility is given early to anyone who can bear it reasonably – and after two to three years it is likely you will be a project manager equipped to run sizeable foundation contracts on your own.

The next step – specialisation

At about three years, most engineers tend to focus on one of three main career paths open to them, namely develop further in project/contract management or move across to either estimating/commercial or design.

For country specific information, including undergraduate and postgraduate training and professional qualifications, use the drop down box on the right.

Project/contract management
Foundation work is unquestionably a career full of challenges at both a technical and human level and this is particularly so on site. So if you like variety and thrive on unpredictability, then you may well choose to develop as a site based engineer.

If in your first few years on site, you find you get a buzz out of the money side of a contract, then you may well development along the commercial route.

Smaller contractors may not have a specialist design department, in which case the estimating/commercial engineers will carry out the in-house design role.

Marketing and business development
This role varies widely within companies. Some use experienced engineers to organise client talks, site demonstrations, liaise with the technical press and control the company’s marketing activities.

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