Course overview

Civil Engineering Senior Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

This 3-year apprenticeship is designed for those that are looking to progress their career in the construction industry as an Assistant Site Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician or Construction Site Technician. For those working for SME’s this may also include Site Engineer, Civil Engineer or Project Engineer.

They will need to be in a role where they are associated with the dimensional control and application of engineering solutions on construction projects and are based on construction sites with occasional time in offices.

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Additional information

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is designed for those that have responsibilities covering the following areas:

  • Dimensional control of construction projects
  • Assisting design teams with civil engineering solutions on construction projects
  • Supervision of specialist contractors
  • Contribute to the control of health and safety on construction projects
  • Recording, control and reporting of progress on a construction project
  • Contribute to the minimisation of the environmental impact of construction projects
  • Control the quality of works on a construction project

What you'll learn

As part of the apprenticeship, apprentices will study the level 4 HNC Construction and Built Environment (Civil Engineering) as a 2-year day release course. Alongside this they will also be developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace associated to this apprenticeship standard. These include:

  • Understand the principles and responsibilities imposed in law and other regulations in a construction environment
  • Able to define the quality required on a finished construction project
  • Assess, identify and record the environmental impact of projects
  • Use effective management principles and be able to supervise construction workers
  • Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek advice from others
  • Identify own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested

Course entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including Maths, English and Science or a level 3 apprenticeship.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

The HNC element of the apprenticeship is made up of 8 units which all have assignments, including:

  • Written reports
  • Presentations
  • Technical drawings (CAD)

The end assessment for this apprenticeship standard is made up of 2 stages. Stage 1 consists of a project and written report (1500 – 1600 words) Stage 2 is made up of 2 parts. The first part is a 10 minute presentation on the project brief followed by 10 – 15 minutes of questions and discussion. The second part is a 30 – 40 minute interview around the written report produced as part of stage 1.

View the full assessment plan.

Future career and study opportunities

Successfully completing this apprenticeship will enable the apprentice to achieve Technician status with the Institute of Civil Engineers (EngTech MICE) and to be employed within the construction industry as a Civil Engineering technician.

There is also the opportunity to progress on and study a Civil Engineering Site Management Degree for those that are working in the relevant environments.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College apprentice, you may incur additional costs on your apprenticeship. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery, and for some apprenticeships you may need to purchase specialist equipment.

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