Civil engineer


A civil engineer undertakes research and design, direct construction and management of the operation and maintenance of the onshore infrastructure associated with an offshore wind farm. They aid with the design studies and prepare technical specifications for onshore structures such as foundations, access roads and substations.

Lifecycle stages

Development and project management, manufacturing and installation.

Typical employer

Developer specialist contractor, or specialist consultant.

Place of work

Office or onsite.

Typical working pattern


Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7 in civil engineering or related fields. Proficient in civil software packages such as AutoCAD and other industry specific software.

NFQ level 9 in civil engineering alongside membership of a chartered engineering is required to achieve the status of chartered engineer for senior roles.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include a graduate or junior engineer.

Career possibilities

Civil engineers can progress on to senior engineering roles, which vary widely depending on the engineer’s experience.

Full time salary estimate

€35,000-€60,000 per year, depending on experience. This salary range is for this specific role.