Design Competition for Scottish Schools
Abertay is challenging budding engineers from schools across Scotland to draw up blueprints for a structure which in theory would stand at least 15m high at the Tay Bridge car park in Newport, following strict design specifications.
Entries that show the most creativity and civil engineering potential will be built as scaled down prototypes at Abertay. If you, or someone you know would like to enter, please visit our design competition page for more information.
During degree studies, all students undertake a relevant industry work placement during the second term of their third year. This provides an opportunity to practice skills and review different career options from the wide range of possibilities within the profession. In addition, the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree also offers the option of undertaking a Sandwich degree by combing the Term 2 work placement with summer work placements during Years 2-3, 3-4 and, in with regard to the MEng programme, 4-5. Experiences gained in work placements increase the employability of students and have been acknowledged by employers as an advantage.
Exciting opportunities exist for graduates from our programme. There are employment prospects with professional consulting engineers, major civil engineering contractors, specialist project management organisations, local authorities, public and private utilities, and transportation groups.
- Work placement
- Constructionarium Year 2
- Variety of industrial speakers throughout all years of study
- Site visits
- Student and staff representation on local and national professional body committees for ICE and CIOB
“I know from my own personal experience how useful work experience is during a civil engineering university course. Transport Scotland has a long standing relationship with Abertay University and I am delighted that we have been able to offer opportunities to work on the Queensferry Crossing and its approach roads each year during the construction period.
"I have been very impressed with the consistently high calibre of the students involved who have been both enthusiastic and diligent in their periods with the client team.” David Climie, Forth Replacement Crosssing Project Director.
“For a number of years now, we’ve been brining students for the 12 weeks placement in their third year and we also tend to find that they generally come back for the summer gaining further experience.
"That’s also led onto graduate employment at the end of their course. For us, we get to know them better and provided they perform, that’s a good route for us to find good graduates.” Mike Hodgeson, SWECO Technical Director of Transportation.
"The main reason I chose Abertay was because the Civil Engineering programme offered a good mix of technical and academic activity, in particular the Sandwich placement.
"This allowed me to get a real life experience of working as an Engineer. For my sandwich placement I worked for Balfour Beatty on the M8 motorway extension at Hermiston Gait in Edinburgh.
"This was a very challenging experience, from which I gained a great deal and professional and life experience.
"Fifteen years on and I am now an employer and have been fortunate enough to select a number of students from Abertay as part of their sandwich placement. We try to ensure that the students get as much variety as possible working within out specialist teams (structures, civils, geotechnical, environmental and transportation).
"I would recommend this programme to candidates who are keen to get a good mix of academic and life experience throughout their higher education years." Alun Rae, Regional Director, Waterman.
- New entrants need to provide their own safety boots
- Year 2: Intensive, on-campus survey week, and one week, off-campus Constructionarium - part-time work will be difficult during this time
- Contribution of £100 towards Constructionarium
- Contribution to CSCS (Construction Safety Card Scheme)
- Year 3 Term 2: Compulsory placement depending on location of the placement travel costs may occur
Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T: +44 (0) 1382 308080
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