What makes a great civil engineer?
Openreach engineers come from diverse backgrounds, with varied experience. And whether it’s glorious sunshine or bracing British weather, they’re out helping us build our network. So we want people who are willing to get stuck in, have the ability to connect with others, and who are happy working outdoors in a physically demanding role.
The qualities we’re looking for
If you’re the type of person who always sees a job through and takes pride in doing it properly, are prepared to get your hands dirty, able to manage your time and your workload, then we want you to apply.
You’ll also need to be open to new technology. Don’t worry, we’ll always be there to support you – but you need to be comfortable using smart devices and ready to learn as new tools become available.
All we ask is that you’re physically fit, are committed to delivering great service and have a full driving licence with no more than six points. If you can drive a vehicle of up to 7.5 tonnes (so you have a C1 + E type licence), that’s even better. We don’t ask for any formal qualifications.
Your working hours
Our engineers work 37.5 hours a week. That’s usually four or five days a week between Monday and Sunday. And once you’ve got some experience under your belt, there should be opportunities for overtime.
Our civil engineers’ basic pay is £24,146 a year, plus an annual allowance of £1,000 and 10 per cent on-target bonus. This adds up to annual on-target earnings of £27,561. Team leaders get £27,027 a year, plus the same allowance and bonus, adding up to annual on-target earnings of £30,730.
For supervisors of whole teams, the starting salary is £34,208, plus an annual allowance of £1,000 and 10 per cent on-target bonus. This adds up to annual on-target earnings of £38,629.
What you’ll be doing
You’ll be out on the road, visiting lots of different places and working in all kinds of locations. So one day you might find yourself in a quiet residential cul-de-sac. Then the next you could be on a busy road or operating trenching machines across a field. The type of work you’ll be doing will be physical, involving small civil engineering work (so that’s things like excavation, backfill, hot and cold-lay reinstatement, frame and cover renewal and traffic management set-up).