General Information about the Construction Industry
If you are intending to look for vacation work in the construction industry, you need to know how the industry is structured. There are differences between Civil Engineering , Structural Engineering , Building Services elements of the Industry as well as the difference between Consultants and Contractors.
Prospects Graduate Careers have a really good web site which will help you to understand the differing roles and types of organisation in the construction Industry
Association of Consulting Engineers ACE
The Association of Consulting Engineers ACE web site gives information about consultancies and is especially useful for regional office locations and addresses of the large consultancies, as well as the smaller regionally-based players. Simple and easy to search, just click "Select a Consulting Engineer". It also gives website links.
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) are an organisation that represent the interests of circa 300 construction companies operating in the UK. A complete list of their members with a link to their web sites is available in the links column
Building services, sometimes known as Mechanical and Electrical Engineering ( M & E ), is perhaps the least known element of the construction industry, but in many ways the most interesting and challenging. With Energy management and emissions reduction high on many agendas, Building Services Engineers have to come up with many novel and innovative ideas of making buildings more environmentally friendly both in terms of the energy efficiency and the functionality of the buildings. The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers ~ CIBSE has an excellent web site which explains the function of Building Services and has a very good list of organisations for you to contact directly.
A Very Long List of Construction Related Organisations
University of Bath Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering have a very long list of organsations involved in the Construction industry. It is a just a long list of web sites, in useful groupings and you may recognise many of the names. It is maintained by Dr Chris Williams who is a CUED Alumnus, amongst other things, and has kindly given us permission to add this link.
The Construction Equipment Association is a trade organisation for Construction equipment and machinery manufacturers and suppliers. It is useful for mechanical and electrical openings, and has some connections with automotive. The website is well constructed and easily navigable as well as being available in four different languages. The members list provides full contact information and company descriptions.
Construction Related Institutions
There are three main Chartered Institutions related to the construction industry:
- Institution of Civil Engineers ~ ICE which covers contractors and consultancies throughout the Industry.
- Institution of Structural Engineers ~ IStrucE which covers the Structural element only.
- Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers ~ CIBSE which covers Building Services.
Membership of Institutions is free for students and in terms of summer vacation work, they offer a really good opportunity to network with Engineers and organisations working in your geographic area and/or specialism.