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Apprentice Civil Engineering Technician McAdam Design

  • Employer Profile

    McAdam Design

  • Level

    Civil Engineering > Level 5-7

  • Positions

    1

  • Location

    1c Montgomery House, Castlereagh Business Park, 478 Castlereagh Road, Belfast, BT5 6BQ

  • Salary

    £18,500

  • Start date

  • Location Type

    Hybrid

Job Description

Civil Engineering Technician. The apprentice will be based 4 days week in the office or at home depending upon the circumstances, where they will gain invaluable, hands-on experience working on a range of civil and structural engineering projects in a busy and dynamic work environment. They will be working on water and waste water projects, housing and public realm projects, roads projects, surveying, sampling, feasibility studies and general design and construction civil engineering activities. There will be many opportunities to learn new skills on a variety of civil engineering software. The apprentice will also attend 1 day per week at a participating further education college to attend training tailored to the Apprenticeship scheme.

Person Specification

We are looking for self motivating people who have an eagerness to learn, determination to succeed and a curious mind.

Applications are welcome from all candidates with the minimum academic requirements.

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

Civil EngineeringUlster University

Description

The course in Civil Engineering is designed to allow graduates to work in both consultancy or contracting within industry. It incorporates elements of Structural design, Highway design and Water and Wastewater design.

You will be involved in all aspects of planning and design, construction and operation and maintenance of the various types of Civil Engineering projects such as reservoirs, pipelines, and water/wastewater treatment plants related to the water and wastewater element of the course; roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, ports and airports related to the highways elements of the course and large multi-storey structures, sports stadia, commercial and industrial buildings, power stations related to the structures elements of the course.

The University has one of the most advanced and best equipped highways laboratories in Ireland which is working with clients such as Red Bull Racing and the Highways Agency on Skid Resistance. You will be in this laboratory for testing and will also be using it should you take a highways project.

Part-time attendance is normally one day per week for the duration of the course. However, there are two times when a single week (block release) is required.

Attendance is compulsory on the Higher Level Apprenticeship course and any absence may be reported to your employer and the Department for the Economy who pay the fees for apprentices.

Modules

Year one

Sustainable Construction and Traffic Engineering

Year: 1

This module introduces the construction profession and the construction process in its widest form, examining the interaction between design, construction methods/materials, the programming of work and health and safety issues.

Learning will be supplemented by the use of site visits, in order to examine real situations, and MSProject, a computer software package widely used in industry.

Practical sessions will allow students to be introduced to traffic engineering and carry out assessment of junctions and a carpark.

The module is examined both by continuous assessment and examination.

Digital Construction and Communication

Year: 1

The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate effectively utilising electronic tools with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.

Surveying

Year: 1

Proper design, location, positioning and delineation of infrastructure are essential to the built
environment. This module is designed to facilitate learners in developing a working
knowledge of the spatial principles and practices that are essential to the civil engineering,
and construction sectors. Necessary skills are obtainable only through practice in
application of precise measuring and observation equipment. This module offers significant
opportunity to acquire and develop such skills and associated computational methods.

Year two

Materials

Year: 2

An understanding of fundamental behaviour of materials used in civil engineering is essential for their correct specification, design and construction. This module introduces structure and properties of commonly used construction materials and examines their uses and limitations. It also investigates the basic properties and classification of soils. Practical classes help to underpin main principles covered in lectures.

Mathematics - BEng

Year: 2

This module covers those mathematics topics which graduates in the engineering discipline will require for professional practice. For certain engineering courses this module also provides a platform for the further study of mathematics.

The module starts with refresher topics, includes basic algebra, mathematical functions, polynomial equations, logarithms and exponentials, trigonometry, complex numbers, matrices and determinants, vectors, differentiation and integration, and finishes with subject of sequences and series.

Engineering Mechanics

Year: 2

Civil, Safety, and Energy engineering design and construction activities require knowledge of the forces due to the statical and dynamical behaviour of water and the statical behaviour of structures. Methods of determining forces arising from analyses using simple hydrostatics and hydrodynamics are given and applied to practical hydraulics problems. Common analysis methods for simple structures are introduced. Practical classes illustrate the use of these analysis methods at laboratory scale.

Year three

Mathematics for Engineers

Year: 3

This level 5 mathematics module is for engineering students on Built Environment programmes. It covers a variety of mathematical methods appropriate for the solution of problems in engineering. Emphasis is placed on applications in engineering contexts and problem solving tools, rather than on a rigorous exposition of their theoretical basis.

Structures 2

Year: 3

This module develops an understanding of the principles of structural analysis and stress/strain analysis. Deformation analysis and the analysis of statically indeterminate structures by flexibility, stiffness and plastic methods are included. Two and three dimensional stress and strain transformations and interactions are examined and elastic failure theories introduced. Axial buckling is investigated and torsional buckling introduced.

Structural Engineering Design 2

Year: 3

This module considers durability, deformation characteristics, design and quality control of structural materials; philosophy and concepts of key design codes of practice; design methodology and procedures for reinforced concrete, structural steel, timber and brickwork elements, use of proprietary design and detailing computer packages for reinforced concrete and structural steel.

Year four

Safety in Design

Year: 4

An understanding of health and safety in civil engineering is essential to prepare students for both a design office or construction site environment. This module will develop strategies for risk identification and management and emphasise the responsibility on individuals for health, safety and environment issues for their design and workplace.

Geotechnics 2

Year: 4

This module seeks an appreciation of the origin and form of the landscape and its influence on construction, knowledge of raw materials used in construction and an awareness of the geological and environmental considerations influencing engineering practice. The basic concepts of ground engineering are introduced. The fundamental behaviour of soils and the measurement of soil properties are studied together with the techniques and limitations of sub-soil behaviour.

Water Resources 2

Year: 4

The module builds upon previous knowledge of fluid mechanics to prepare students to participate in the design of hydraulic and public engineering projects. Experience is also given in experimental work and report writing.

Year five

Water Resources Engineering 4

Year: 5

The module builds upon previous knowledge of hydraulics, river and water engineering to prepare students to participate in the design of hydraulic, river, hydrological and water engineering projects. Experience is also given in the development of computer methods in and report writing.

Construction Management

Year: 5

The construction industry, including the organisations and the people they employ, is always under pressure to improve its performance with respect to cost, time and quality. The module is a response to these demands, in that it examines current practice and possible areas for change in the management of process and people in design and construction. The module draws together the processes of tendering for construction and decision making within teams in construction/design operations, in the context of relevant contractual arrangements and the people/organisations concerned. The management simulation provides an opportunity for teams to choose suitable strategies for improved performance relating to procurement practice and risk. Practical applications and case studies are employed to bring reality to the classroom.

Project

Year: 5

This module is optional

The module provides opportunity for intensive student directed study of a specialised aspect of civil engineering. It also develops competence in self management as well as written and oral communication skills.

Dissertation

Year: 5

This module is optional

The module provides opportunity for intensive student directed study of a specialised aspect of civil engineering. It also develops competence in self management as well as written and oral communication skills.

Year six

Soil Mechanics 4

Year: 6

Ground engineering and the installation and construction of foundations and earth retaining structures, is imperative for all civil and structural engineers. This module is the basis for the development of such expertise.

Structural analysis and design 4

Year: 6

This module seeks to prepare students for the structural design of a whole project and to introduce them to the stages involved with producing a structural design. Design is presented as following a rational methodology. The module stresses the benefits of the use of sketches in structural analysis and design and further investigates applications of equilibrium, compatibility, and material response relationships.

Civil Engineering Design

Year: 6

This module is optional

The module builds upon previous knowledge of water, highway and infrastructure engineering to prepare students to participate in the design of a broad range of civil engineering projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systems approach.

Environmental Engineering 4

Year: 6

This module is optional

The module builds upon previous knowledge of environmental and civil engineering studies and prepares students to participate in the design of a broad range of engineering projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles, appreciation and application of Sustainable Development and requires the student to seek optimum solutions in several environmental challenges, across the themes of waste management, water and wastewater engineering, environmental conservation and climate change.

Highways and Transportation Engineering

Year: 6

This module is optional

This module sets out the procedures and techniques required for the design, implementation and management of transport systems. The student will assimilate knowledge of the policies, regulations and environmental aspects of transportation.

Year seven

Project Management

Year: 7

The module is designed to provide a postgraduate multi disciplinary learning experience on the subject of Project Management. It introduces the concepts of Project Management, examines the recognised practices and accepted principles involved in the project management function, and combines these with an understanding of the increasingly demanding multi-dimensional aspects of the discipline. It provides an overall project orientated management framework (theoretical tempered with world best practice) with local, national and international dimensions within which you can develop your knowledge / understanding and key professional competencies.

Integrated Design studies A

Year: 7

The module builds upon previous knowledge of civil and infrastructure engineering, building services engineering and broader transport and energy issues to prepare students to participate in the design of a broad range of built environment projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles engineering understanding and detailed problem-solving tasks.
There will also be some application of sustainable development within the modules. The modules is designed to allow students to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach to this problem solving and development of concept design.

Structural Design for Infrastructure

Year: 7

This module provides students with the opportunity to further their knowledge, understanding and appraisal of the specialist nature of civil engineering structures with a particular emphasis on infrastructure projects. Several techniques are used in design studies of bridge and culvert structures, earth retaining, water retaining and other geotechnical solutions. Specialist geotechnical design methods are introduced for the solution of a range of geotechnical problems.

Infrastructure Design Studies

Year: 7

The module builds upon previous conceptual design experiences, and on the themes offered in the Masters technical modules, and requires a detailed design folio to cover infrastructural aspects of a large project. The connections between the themes will be captured through appraisal of health and safety, investigation of costs and specification, leading to design and detailing of the project. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach.

Sustainable Development

Year: 7

This module strengthens student awareness and knowledge of sustainable development and how it can be delivered and measured. It explores a range of economic, environmental and social challenges to determine how the built environment can best respond. It provides an appreciation of the policy and actions needed to deliver a smarter and more resilient built environment.

Year eight

Advanced Materials, Structures and Geotechnics

Year: 8

This module is optional

Knowledge of structural analysis and design is extended and soil structure interaction explored within a challenging case study. Complex geotechnical issues are investigated. Advanced materials are presented to inform and assist the design process.

Numerical Modelling

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module addresses the fundamental principles of the finite element method and sets out techniques of the applications for engineering structures.

Waste Systems

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module addresses prudent resource management and low energy usage wastewater treatment systems. The waste issues cover the fields of municipal, hazardous, commercial, construction and industrial sectors, including yields, collection, treatment and disposal of by-products. Wastewater treatment impact on the environment requires energy efficient and appropriate treatment, and is dealt with through secondary and tertiary processes, as well as their effective management due to potential pollution from sewage discharges.

Utilities and Water Engineering

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module describes and develops a broad range of water engineering and utilities services covering legislation, construction, remediation and decommissioning. Hydraulic analysis and performance of key elements of water supply and distribution systems will be given detailed attention; this will all be set in the context of water supply resilience.

Structural Fire Engineering

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module considers durability, building code requirements, structural fire testing, material properties at elevated temperatures, thermally induced structural behaviour, in the context of structural design against fire.

Highway Asset Management

Year: 8

This module is optional

This module introduces the professional skills necessary to design, appraise and maintain a safe sustainable highway, applying a range of technical and managerial systems.

Award

BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons)

Validated By

Ulster University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

A level

Grades BBB to include Mathematics and one subject from Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Geography, Applied Science or DA Science, Life and Health Science (single or double award), Technology (including Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Environmental Technology, Environmental Science and Digital Technology).

As long as the two-subject requirement is met, applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

For further information on the requirements for this course please contact the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction or Civil Engineering.Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Award profile of DDM to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics for Construction and a Distinction in Structural Mechanics or Public Health Engineering.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DDD to include a Distinction in Further Mathematics or Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and a Distinction in Mechanical Technology or Mechanical Principles.

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering.
Award profile of DDM to include a Distinction in Further Engineering Mathematics and a Distinction in Static Mechanical Principles or a Merit in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics.

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade B in Mathematics

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB one of which must be Mathematics.

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction, Civil Engineering or Engineering.
Award profile of D plus A Level Grades BB one of which must be Mathematics.

The subject requirement must be met.

Please note that OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications do not satisfy the subject requirements for this course and will be accepted as grade only when presented with A levels and BTEC qualifications in the required subjects.

For further information please contact the course administrator as listed in the Contact section.

​​Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English at H6 if studied at Higher Level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level. This course also requires you to achieve H3 in Mathematics and one other science/technological subject from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Technical Drawing/Graphics, Construction, Engineering or Geography.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

Scottish Highers

Grades BBBCC to include grade B in Mathematics and grade B in one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical drawing/graphics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades CCC to include Mathematics and one other subject from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Geography, Construction,Technology and Technical Drawing/Graphics.

International Baccalaureate

Overall is minimum 26 points (13 at higher level) to include minimum grade 5 in HL Mathematics and grade 5 in another HL science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access Course (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course) in a Science, Technology or Engineering subject area with an overall mark of 65% to include 65% in each of the level 3 modules and to include 65% in NICATS level 2 Maths module for Year 1 entry.

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in English Language and GCSE Grade B, C*, 5 in Mathematics.
If A Level Physics is not being offered then Double Award Science at grades BB, C*C*, 55 or GCSE Physics or Chemistry grade B, C*, 5 is required.

Please note that for purposes of entry to this course the Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number is NOT regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

HND/HNC
Pass HNC in Civil Engineering with overall Distinction to include 90 level 4 credits at Distinction for year one entry.

Pass HND in Civil Engineering with overall Merit to include 60 L5 credits at Distinction and a Merit in Engineering Maths, Structural Analysis, Hydraulics/Hydrology and Soil Mechanics for year 2 entry.

Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering with an overall mark of 55%, and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules, and 55% in the 20 credit Maths module. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.

For further information on the requirements for this course please contact
the administrator as listed in the Contact details section below.

Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.

The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C or 4 (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.

Exemptions and transferability

Depending on experience in industry or previous qualifications - exemptions to some or all year 1 and year 2 modules may be permitted.

Progress to the MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is permitted on achieving an average of 60% or above in the equivalent of the second year of the full-time BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering course.

Duration

8

Start Date

Tuesday 12 September 2023

End Date

Saturday 28 June 2031

Progression Pathway

Civil EngineeringQUB

Description

**THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL IN SPRING 2023 AND AIMING FOR A SEPTEMBER 2023 START**

We will update this course as soon as we have further information.

The QUB programme is a hybrid model (typically Friday online and two weeks in person at QUB per semester)

Modules

Provisional modules include (tbc and subject to approval):

  • Surveying

  • Mathematics

  • Solids & Structures

  • Design (1, 2)

  • Hydraulics

  • Construction Materials

  • Geotechnics (1, 2, 3)

  • Structural Mechanics

  • Advanced Surveying Methods, or 3D modelling

  • Infrastructure & Site Character

  • Procurement & Tendering, or Advanced Analysis

  • Civil Eng. for Changing Environments

  • Design & Build, or Project Management & Data

  • Durability & WLM

  • Structures 3

  • Industrial Project

Award

BEng

Validated By

Queen's University Belfast

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Duration

6

Start Date

Monday 18 September 2023

End Date

Friday 31 August 2029

Progression Pathway

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