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Engineering and the Built Environment

Further details on typical roles, employers and sector trends can be found on our Employability Portal and within the Job Sectors section of the Prospects website (Overview of Property and Construction Industry and Overview of the Engineering and Manufacturing sector) and TargetJobs.


Most architects are self-employed or working in private practice as partners, associates or salaried architects.

Architectural Technologist

A range of employment opportunities exist across the UK, and typical employers include: architectural practices; town planners, building and construction firms, housing corporations, local authorities, property developers, banks and building societies.

Town Planning

Many town planners work in the public sector for a variety of employers including local authorities and the Planning Inspectorate

Construction profiles

The construction sector is dominated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the self-employed (36% of the workforce). Very large construction businesses often have formal graduate training and entry schemes; although some require graduates to complete an internship with them before they can join the formal graduate track (other graduates can still apply for jobs).

Construction Industry Training Board Careers in Construction
Chartered Institute of Building

Building Surveying

Building surveying is required in a wide variety of real estate markets, including residential, commercial, leisure, agricultural and industrial markets.

Quantity Surveying

The major employers of quantity surveyors include offices of private practice quantity surveyors (PQS), the surveying sections of building and civil engineering contractors and local authorities and government agencies.

Job Vacancies for Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying:

Project Management

You could work as a project manager in most industries, for instance construction, health, IT, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, science and the public sector. You could be employed directly by a company, or by a firm of project management consultants. Freelance contracts for the duration of a project are common.

Jobs may be advertised in the local and national press, in specialist publications and with recruitment agencies.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering contractors can range from small locally based firms to large multinationals. The names of the companies involved on a construction can be seen advertised on the site - both consulting and contracting engineers.

Engineering Profiles

A relevant degree in usually essential to enter into an engineering or technology related profession, and there exists a broad range of specialist job types within the sector. Comprehensive information about job types can be found at Many big organisations recruit into engineering roles, so it’s important to research appropriate companies, their recruitment process and the skills they look for:

Mechanical Engineering

Projects that mechanical engineers work on can vary significantly, from researching and developing products to improving production processes. Mechanical engineers can find employment in a huge range of sectors, including: aerospace and automotive industries, armed forces, construction and building services, energy utilities, engineering consultancies, government agencies, manufacturing industries, medical engineering, oil and gas industries, process industries, including pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics; public sector, research establishments, sports engineering, and transport. Gaining chartered status (CEng) is a significant help in career progression. See Engineering Council - Chartered Engineer for more information.

Mobile Telecommunications

Telecommunications professionals work in the many different fields that make up the industry. Employers include: telephone and broadband network providers; mobile phone operators; mobile and land line telephone manufacturers; cable, satellite and digital television companies; rail signal engineering companies; power transmission firms; security companies; organisations involved in deep space communications.

Engineering Online vacancy sources

Engineering companies that work closely with Anglia Ruskin:


The following agency details are provided for information only.

Real Estate Management

Employment opportunities are available with utilities services, in private practice, commercial organisations, for trusts and heritage organisations, the public sector and local and central government, in a range of activities including domestic, commercial and industrial projects.

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