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Civil Engineering Surveyor

Civil Engineering Surveyors ensure structures are the right size and place.

The work of an Engineering Surveyor can be very demanding physically, often with exposure to noise and dust as they typically work on large construction projects such as bridges, roads and dams.

These specialist surveyors have a great responsibility to ensure that up to date plans are produced before, during and after construction, and that quality control is maintained throughout. They ensure that projects progress according to their designs and given tolerances. They will also monitor the performance and condition of completed structures and facilities.

If you like the outdoors, if you are good at managing people and projects, and like solving problems, then this is a job for you.

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Story of a real Civil Engineering Surveyor

As a youngster I didn’t really know what I wanted as a career or future. Most of the people I knew went to work in the coal mines (yes, they did exist once). After leaving school with some basic education, it was off to the armed forces for me, and, with the promise of a sunshine tour by the army careers advisors, I was signed up. After digging a number of trenches in the rain, I realised the sunshine tour had come to a sudden end.

I changed my career and enrolled on a bricklaying course at Barnsley College, and after I while I was earning a tidy wage, so I packed my bags again and it was off to Germany for the promise of riches. While in Germany, I started to work closely with the site engineers and their career seemed far more interesting than my bricklaying future (and earnings!) . Well. What to do now with this tantalising future career I had seen….?

I finished bricklaying and took the gamble, becoming a chainman with a civil engineering company with the promise of training. I remortgaged my house to help pay for my new career and education, and after finishing a four year day-release course in Land Surveying, I was employed by Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction groups.

What is important to understand from my story is that it’s never too late to change your career.

However, with the right information and advice, you would save a lot of money and time by choosing the right career from the outset!

I am now the Chief Engineering Surveyor for Skanska, and enjoy the career I finally selected.

Mark Lawton Civil Engineering Surveyor

Mark Lawton


Chief Engineering Surveyor
Skanska UK


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