Subject Information

Civil Engineering is all about the work that civil engineers do to develop and improve services and facilities we, the public, all use.

We rely on civil engineering every day for a variety of things from the supply of energy and clean water, to the construction of our homes, to processing and recycling our waste, to finding solutions to problems like pollution.

What do Civil Engineers do?

To understand what civil engineers do, all you need to do is think about the first hour after you wake up on a Monday morning. You clean your teeth with running water. You then travel to school or work on road networks. You park your car, walk over a bridge or through an underpass to finally sit in your classroom or place of work. None of this would be possible without civil engineering. Without civil engineering we wouldn’t have a constant supply of clean water or sustainable energy to help us save our planet.

How can Bridgwater & Taunton College help me to become a Civil Engineer?

Bridgwater & Taunton College has a fantastic range of learning resources to help you to become a civil engineer.

The College's Construction Training Centre in Bath Road, Bridgwater, provides instruction in the main trades of brickwork, carpentry, electrical installation, plumbing and plastering.

CSCS Health and Safety Test, and of course the Centre will be offering Client/Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) training as a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to work on the proposed nuclear new-build.

The College recently opened for business at its brand new Construction Skills and Innovation Centre in Cannington where all forms of groundwork, concrete pouring, construction plant and lifting operations will be taught.

Overall, the significant investment that the College is making in the delivery of relevant, practical, transferable skills is designed to ensure that local people can access the training they need in order to benefit from the significant investment that is coming to the region.

For further information please call Business Development on 01278 655111 or email

What our students say

Civil Engineering Student Jack Mees

Jack Mees

Working as a Civil Engineer has taken me all over the South West, working on a range of major construction projects. My role is really varied; one day I could be in the office working on intricate designs and the next I could be out on site seeing those plans come to fruition. It’s really rewarding to see your ideas transformed into a reality.”

Former pupil of Chilton Trinity, Jack is a Senior Civil Engineering Technician at Atkins.