Incorporated highway engineers plan, design, build and maintain road transport systems, taking into account geographical features, impact on the environment and community, the type of traffic which will use the road and local authority planning procedures. The design will include traffic management systems such as traffic signals, roundabouts, one-way systems, traffic calming systems, cycle-ways, safe routes, parking and pedestrianisation schemes. Incorporated highway engineers may be responsible for either a whole project or a part of a project.
Work with other professionals such as chartered engineers and surveyors is carried out to decide on appropriate construction materials, and the incorporated highway engineer may oversee the project site to ensure that the construction or maintenance is in line with specifications.
Incorporated highway engineers need knowledge of planning legislation and environmental and social issues, and may assist in drawing up policies and reports for government, local authorities or other agencies in relation to road building, transport, or other associated planning matters. They may also give evidence at public inquiries into planning matters and could be involved in local public consultations.
Working hours vary, and there may be on-call duties and unsocial hours.
Incorporated highway engineers work in offices and on construction sites where conditions may be dirty and cold or wet. Extensive travel and both long and short periods away from home may be required.
To be an incorporated highway engineer you should:
Incorporated highway engineers work for local and national government, for consultants, specialist contracting and construction companies which undertake engineering projects in Britain and abroad. They can also work for materials suppliers and producers. Promotion is usually to team leader or consultant. Incorporated highway engineers may also become general managers.
Experienced incorporated highway engineers may set up their own business or work on a freelance basis as consultants specialising in certain types of projects. There are many opportunities to work overseas for British-based organisations and for international organisations.
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The Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 020 7240 7891
Institution of Civil Engineers
1 Great George Street
Tel: 020 7222 7722
Engineering and Marine Training Authority (EMTA) *
14 Upton Road
Tel: 01923 238441
Construction Industry Training Board *
Tel: 01485 577577
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