After the bachelor's programme

The job market for civil engineering

QUICKLY SETTING TO WORK

The Bachelor's programme at the University of Twente is rated the top Civil Engineering programme in the Netherlands. This programme prepares you for positions that focus on building and construction, but also on the many organizational aspects involved. There is a lot of demand for people who feel at home in both areas – in The Netherlands and abroad. In the business world, demand for engineers from Twente is high. One hundred per cent of students who complete their Master's degree have a job within three months. The Civil Engineering programme qualifies you for various different kinds of employers:

ENGINEERING AND CONSULTANCY AGENCIES

Many civil engineers work at engineering or consultancy agencies. These companies are often contracted by the government and other businesses to carry out civil engineering projects. You can help these clients carry out complex model analysis or by creating a civil engineering design, for example. Design focuses on integrating scientific knowledge with the systematic development of new solutions for complex problems.

GOVERNMENT

Many civil engineering projects are initiated by government bodies, such as Rijkswaterstaat in the Netherlands, provinces, municipalities and water boards. They need engineers and consultants, but also contractors to carry out these projects. Also, together with research institutions, they research new developments.

CONTRACTORS AND PROJECT DEVELOPERS

You will be welcomed at large consultancy and construction companies, such as Arcadis or Ballast Nedam, if you have specialized in the organization of construction processes. At first you will gain experience in (executive) construction, for example, as an assistant project leader or management trainee. Later you can move on to other roles. Central here is your ability to combine knowledge from different scientific areas to give new solutions a place in a complex business environment.

RESEARCH

Universities and research institutions, such as Deltares or TNO, research new developments – either at their own initiative or at the request of the government or a business. Think, for example, of researching the development of an island at sea to solve congestion problems around Amsterdam’s airport, Schiphol, or of traffic guidance through information panels above the motorways. Research is about being able to critically weigh your existing scientific knowledge and being able to apply it to develop new knowledge.


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