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Crossrail project manager with colleagues in Crossrail tunnels - photo courtesy of Crossrail

If you're thinking about a career in civil engineering, or want to find out more about the profession, ICE can help.

ICE members in London volunteer as engineering ambassadors. They visit schools to help young people understand what engineering is, how it shapes our world, and how they can pursue a career in civil engineering.

ICE London also provides resources and support for teachers, and people looking to promote civil engineering and inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a range of multimedia resources for teachers, careers advisers, parents, and volunteer ICE ambassadors.

So if you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here.

We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools resources you need

ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering. The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:

  • Are mainly aimed 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Show what young people can achieve by studying maths and physics
  • Tell you about the huge range of careers available in engineering
  • Explain the different ways to get an engineering career

Find out more about Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

Find out more about how we've been working with organisations across London to promote civil engineering to young people.

I Can Engineer Competition

Organised by the ICE London Graduates and Student Committee as part of the Future Engineers scheme, the competition shows young people how civil engineering shapes the world.

Aimed at school years 8-10, I Can Engineer challenges students to follow a design brief to create new or improve existing infrastructure.

Download the brief.

School and Career events

ICE London attends STEM careers events and engages with more than 10,000 school children a year.

Two such events include Big Bang and Teen Tech.

Want to get involved?

ICE London is always looking for more ambassadors, and to visit new schools. If you'd like to become an ambassador, or need help organising an engineering event at your school, then please get in touch with: [email protected].

ICE London at Big Bang Fair
ICE London at Big Bang Fair
Bridge building with schools
Bridge building with schools

Interested in helping?

If you think you could help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We're always on the look out for new Ambassadors to visit schools and help enthuse children across the region.

If you're interested we want to hear from you.

Find out more and register your interest


At 25 kilometres long, up to 65 metres deep, and more than seven metres in diameter, the Tideway Tunnel will be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. It will generally follow the route of the River Thames to enable it to connect to the combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that are located along the riverbanks, passing underneath all other infrastructure in London and through a variety of different ground conditions.

Innovative engineering in the design phase has already reduced the tunnel from the initial 32 kilometres proposed, down to 25 kilometres, and reduced the number of construction sites needed from 45 to 24.

Battersea Power Station

Built in the 1930s, and designed by one of Britain's best 20th century architects, Battersea Power Station is one of London's most loved and recognisable landmarks. The building has inspired a new vision. In and around the Power Station, the foundations are being laid for a new community. £8 billion of investment is creating a thriving, diverse neighbourhood. It will be a place where homes, workspaces, shops, restaurants, cafés and cultural venues combine with 18 acres of new public space.

All to be served by a new London Underground station, connecting the development with the rest of the city. This vast site, covering 42 acres of former industrial land, is part of an even more wide-ranging project. Battersea Power Station is the flagship development of the Nine Elms regeneration: a combination of 20 separate projects covering 560 acres.


Crossrail is one of the most significant and challenging infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK.

It aims to change the way people travel around London, by improving journey times across the capital, easing congestion and offering better connections. The project uses innovative methods and cutting-edge technology to pioneer techniques in civil engineering and construction.

There will be 40 Crossrail stations - including 10 new ones - and the route will run over 100km of railway. It will connect the Great Eastern and Great Western railways for the first time, via 42km of twin-bored tunnels, from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, to Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west.

Many of Crossrail's tunnels and stations will be constructed under some of the capital's most iconic buildings and districts. This involves working at depths of up to 40m, around existing tube lines, sewers and utilities, through a range of geological conditions, and in close proximity to London's communities.

Find out more about Crossrail.

The renaming of Crossrail to the Elizabeth Line.
The renaming of Crossrail to the Elizabeth Line.

What is civil engineering?

If you want to know more about civil engineering, then you're in the right place. Our What is civil engineering section contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Examples of inspiring civil engineering achievements
  • Interviews - find out what inspired civil engineers to choose their career
  • Profiles of some of the most famous civil engineers to have lived

Find our more about civil engineering

Near you

To help promote civil engineering achievements close to you and across the UK, we're running a campaign called This is Civil Engineering. We're highlighting projects across the London that are helping to improve lives and improve our environment.

Find out more about This is Civil Engineering

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Opportunities in your region

ICE London has strong links with every higher education institution in the region that offers accredited engineering courses. Its Graduate and Student Committee organises a wide range of events - many of which are free - with universities and colleges to encourage students to join in, and to develop their knowledge and skills. ICE London has close ties with the following institutions in the region:


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Becoming a member of ICE offers you a wealth of benefits, from access to free resources like our Ask Brunel service (get an answer to any civil engineering question!), to a free subscription to New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine.

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