Graduate Civil Engineer


Graduate Civil Engineer (0841)

Job Title: Graduate Civil Engineer – Site Engineer     

We're looking for bright and committed graduates who will bring energy, new ideas and a fresh perspective to help us become the recognised leader and transform the construction and engineering industry.    

The Laing O'Rourke Graduate Development Programme - what can you expect?  

Our graduate programme is designed to embrace and develop your capabilities. Most importantly, you will be encouraged to continue learning throughout your career. You will be stretched, challenged and supported by a business that views your personal development and the achievement of professional accreditation as a priority.   
Our programme will give you the practical experience, technical learning and professional development while being part of the some of the most exciting construction and infrastructure projects in the UK.   

Entry requirements  

We are looking for graduates who meet the following criteria:   

  • Eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit if applicable   
  • Full mobility as you may be required to relocate for your role   
  • Strong numeracy and literacy skills   
  • A degree course with a clear route to professional accreditation    
  • Your degree classification should be 2:1 or higher    
  • Entry degrees will be listed within each of our graduate vacancies and differ from     role to role  

Role Overview  

A Site Engineer safely and effectively manages a set of tasks and is technically responsible for their outcome. Reporting directly to the Section Engineer, this role will potentially include the management and supervision of technicians or student engineers on site. 

Our Graduates work within the site engineering team under the guidance of Section and Senior Engineers, alongside site supervisors and managers. You will work predominantly on site assisting in the technical management and delivery of major construction projects. 

Site Engineers are part of the Engineering Job Family and Technical Function, which is there to ensure technical excellence, assurance and performance across all projects and opportunities from pre-project, early engagement and work winning through to detailed delivery. All of our engineers are part of our Engineering Enterprise and are aligned with our overall strategy to maximise DfMA, Digital Engineering, and Early Engagement.  

You will receive the appropriate on and off the job training to allow you to become an experienced Laing O'Rourke engineer.   

Key Deliverables and Accountabilities of a Site Engineer

  • Applies the LOR procedures at all times. 
  • Carries out dimensional control activities ensuring appropriate checks, this includes interrogation and transfer of setting out data from 2D CAD data and extracting setting out data from the Digital Engineering model directly into the setting out instruments. 
  • Interprets as-built surveys, verifying compliance with project requirements. Produce reports. Ensure surveys carried out in a timely manner. 
  • Extracts tolerance information from specifications. Applies appropriate setting out techniques to meet tolerances. 
  • Complies with project and company procedures on Workmanship, quality, inspection and testing 
  • Has a basic understanding of the properties, principles and capabilities of relevant materials, products, plant and systems. 
  • Understands the construction methods/practices that are in use on their project and can measure and record materials and resources. 
  • Understand and comply with Temporary works procedure and systems. 
  • Understands the role of the Temporary works co-ordinator (TWC)and Temporary Works supervisor (TWS) and undertake these roles where required. 
  • Knows that there is a Laing O'Rourke procedure for the management of lifting operations and understand their responsibilities within it. 
  • Communicates as appropriate with the project Design Manager. 
  • Manage and support Information and change control including using Electronic Data Management System to obtain construction information. Maintains engineer's hard copy drawings and specifications so that current information is always presented to them. Ensures information for own section of works is current and being used by construction team. Raises Technical Queries to resolve information discrepancies. 
  • Knows the specific requirements of the various management roles. 
  • Is aware of site logistics and understands the site logistics plan. 
  • Contributes to the operation of safe working procedures such as Confined Spaces, Hot Work permit etc. 
  • Is fully conversant with the LOR Environmental System (EMS). Contributes to the management of environmental issues. 
  • Ensures work is carried out in accordance with safe systems of work, method statements and task sheets. Produces method statements and task sheets. Delivers activity briefings. 


Opportunities are available in London, Dartford, Southwest, the Midlands and Manchester   

Degree Subjects    

A degree in a Civil Engineering discipline or other construction related degree.   

Professional Accreditation   


Recruitment Process  

 There are 5 stages to our Graduate Development Programme recruitment process:  

 STEP 1   


Complete the online application form and upload a copy of your CV and covering letter.   

 STEP 2   


Your application will be reviewed against the requirements for the role you have applied for.   

 STEP 3   


You will be invited to complete a series of psychometric tests tailored to the role you have applied for.    

 STEP 4   


Upon successful completion of online tests, you will be invited to a video interview.   

 STEP 5   


Successful candidates will be invited to attend an assessment.  

The safety of our people, and of our candidates is our priority and in the current climate, we may alter the format of our assessment centre; either replacing it with a virtual event or where it is safe to do so, and in line with government and health authority guidance, host a socially distanced, covid-secure day.  

Providing you are successful at the assessment centre, you will receive a written, formal offer of employment. This will be a provisional offer that is subject to your degree classification and successful background security and reference checks.  

**The Graduate Development Programme will commence in September 2021**  

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.  













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