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Graduate Job Description In The Construction Industry

In this section, we've put together information on what you will be expected to do on a day-to-day basis whilst completing a construction graduate scheme. 

Graduate Quantity Surveyor Job Description

A Quantity Surveyor is a construction professional who focuses on building costs. Over time, you will be responsible for valuations, evaluating risk analysis, managing project funding and submitting bids.

However, when you are starting out in your career as a Quantity Surveyor, you will be required to undertake the following tasks: 

  • Assisting in understanding clients' requirements
  • Assisting in preparing monthly management reports
  • Understanding and applying health and safety regulations
  • Allocating work to subcontractors
  • Assisting in arranging payments for completed work
  • Preparing tender and contract documents
  • Writing reports

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you will be given more responsibility. Find out more about the role of a qualified Quantity Surveyor in our Quantity Surveyor Job description.

Graduate Building Surveyor Job Description

A Building Surveyor is a professional who provides advice on properties and construction. Over time, you will be responsible for assessing and reporting on defects and on ways to improve building projects.

When you're starting out your Building Surveying career, you'll be required to undertake the following tasks: 

  • Providing support in the delivery of projects and professional assignments
  • Developing strong working relationships with clients
  • Ensuring that senior management have regular and necessary information on the progress of the project
  • Assisting in preparing schedules of work 

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you will be given more responsibility. Find out more about the role of a qualified Building Surveyor in our Building Surveyor Job description.

Graduate Project Manager Job Description

A Project Manager within the construction industry is a professional who is concerned with ensuring projects are delivered on time, within budget and on brief.

Once you've gained knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you'll be responsible for appointing management and design teams, as well as for planning the delivery of a project.

When you're beginning your career as a Graduate Project Manager, you'll be required to assist with the following tasks:

  • Coordinating the design team
  • Procuring and appointing contractors
  • Updating project details
  • Updating financial details
  • Developing project execution plans

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you'll be given more responsibility. Find out more about the role of an experienced Project Manager in our Project Manager Job description.

Graduate Construction Manager Job Description

A Construction Manager is a professional who is responsible for running and managing a construction site.

Once you've qualified and gained the necessary experience and knowledge, you'd be responsible for developing a strategy for making the project happen, and you'd also be tasked with preparing the site and liaising with other construction professionals before the work starts.

However, when you're starting out your career as a Construction Manager, you'll be required to undertake the following tasks:

  • Maintaining documentation and schedules
  • Assisting with checking and approving architect and engineer drawings
  • Resolving relatively minor issues
  • Working closely and effectively with internal customers and project teams
  • Learning about different areas of the business

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you'll be given more responsibility. Find out more about the role of an experienced Construction Manager in our Construction Manager Job description.

Graduate Design Engineer Job Description

A Design Engineer is responsible for developing new products or systems, as well as the improvement of existing designs, products, machinery and equipment.

When you're starting out your career as a Design Engineer, you'll be required to undertake the following tasks:

  • Assisting the Senior Design Engineer in the design of 3D models
  • Attending meetings to better understand the clients' requirements
  • Liaising with Senior Design Engineers to update on progress
  • Producing detailed reports

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you'll be given more responsibility. After a number of years working within the industry and gaining experience, there are also opportunities to move into a Design Manager role.

Find out more about the role of an experienced Design Manager in our Design Manager Job description.

Graduate Civil Engineer Job Description

Civil Engineers are responsible for planning, designing and overseeing construction and maintenance structures and facilities, including bridges, airports, railways, and water and sewerage systems.

When you're starting out in your career as a Civil Engineer, you'll be required to undertake the following tasks: 

  • Working alongside a more experienced Site Engineer
  • Surveying the site
  • Checking drawings
  • Monitoring site labour
  • Collating project data

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you'll be given more responsibility. Find out more about the role of an experienced Civil Engineer in our Civil Engineer Job description. 

Graduate Structural Engineer Job Description

A Structural Engineer is responsible for designing structures to withstand pressures and stresses imposed through human usage and environmental conditions.

When you're starting out as a Structural Engineer, you'll be required to undertake the following tasks:

  • Carrying out inspections
  • Preparing reports for clients and line managers
  • Assisting designers in the delivery of the project
  • Assisting and carrying out structural design with a variety of materials

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you'll be given more responsibility. Find out more about the role of an experienced Structural Engineer in our Structural Engineer Job description.

How much would I get paid as a construction graduate?

Salaries and packages very much depend on the employer and, more importantly, the location. Check out our Graduate Construction Salary Survey to find out what you could expect to receive.