Marketing Sector Director
Sally S is a Market Sector Director, a senior engineering position, at Halcrow. She has had to overcome discrimination to get where she is. She wanted her job back after starting a family. "I was only able to secure a temporary contract, because they weren't convinced really that, as a working Mum, somebody who'd been out of the scene for two years, was going to be able to do the job. And whilst at the same time a man was interviewed, he wasn't Chartered, but he got the permanent position." She did get a permanent job back in before long, and next year she will be Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Wales Committee, which will give her a chance to show that women can achieve senior positions in engineering.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionBuilding and civil engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist civil and building engineers.
QualificationsEntrants usually possess a relevant BTEC/SQA award or an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III. The status of engineering technician is obtained after a period of further training at work and upon gaining the membership of a professional engineering institution.
- Sets up apparatus and equipment and undertakes field and laboratory tests of soil and work materials;
- Performs calculations and collects, records and interprets data;
- Sets out construction site, supervises excavations and marks out position of building work to be undertaken;
- Inspects construction materials and supervises work of contractors to ensure compliance with specifications and arranges remedial work as necessary.