• Construction

    NC Civil Engineering

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time

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Construction is a huge industry covering housing, commercial premises and industrial buildings. It offers a wide range of careers in technician roles, such as civil engineering, quantity surveying, architectural technology and construction management. If you’re interested in a technical career in the construction industry, this course is a great place to start.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in construction
  • Four relevant National 5s or equivalent, ideally including English and Maths/Science subject OR a pass in a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent
  • A successful interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience and are really keen, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course introduces you to the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in a technician role in the construction industry. It’s mainly theory based, with a small amount of practical work.

Here’s more on what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll identify the requirements of preliminary and temporary works, such as security measures, adequate on-site access routes, material storage, safe working methods and operations.
  • You’ll learn about construction technology for domestic buildings, starting with groundworks and substructure, before moving onto superstructure and finishes.
  • You’ll develop skills in construction site surveying, including the basic principles of land surveying and techniques used to prepare construction site plans. You’ll learn how to interpret data from site plans, Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and plans.
  • You’ll look at the utilities and services provided in domestic buildings, such as sewer and drainage, electricity and gas supplies, cold and hot water, and space heating.
  • You’ll explore sustainable design for architecture, learning how to optimise building form, materials and orientation to contribute towards a sustainable construction project.
  • You’ll develop skills in CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), learning how to produce and edit 2D construction drawings.
  • You’ll look at modern methods of construction, exploring how these can improve efficiency and sustainability in the construction industry.
  • You’ll learn about the materials most commonly used in the construction industry, from cement and concrete, to bricks and timber.
  • You’ll develop skills in producing and interpreting construction drawings, learning basic manual drawing techniques.
  • You’ll learn how to use specific mathematic elements in a civil engineering context.

You’ll also have the chance to go on site visits, such as the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto an HNC course such as HNC Construction Management or HNC Architectural Technology
  • Seeking to start your career in construction with an entry level technician post.