Careers for Graduates in Civil Engineering or Geology

“What has stood out for me since joining CGL is, without sounding cliché, the people. Every single member of the team is extremely approachable and have always been more than happy to offer me help or guidance when I’ve asked. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in a variety of projects… the combination of these factors has been fantastic for my development as an engineer.

William Newton
Graduate Engineer

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CGL offers rewarding and active careers around the UK for graduates with a Masters or Bachelors degree in civil engineering, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, applied environmental geology, geology or Quaternary Science. With us you will work at the forefront of the construction industry, providing innovative solutions to investigate and manage ground-related risks.

Working at CGL you will also benefit from an award-winning training and career development programme in a young and vibrant work environment. The company will actively support your Continuing Professional Development, both in your technical and managerial skills.




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CGL is recruiting for Graduates to join our team, with opportunities developing in several CGL’s offices across the UK and Ireland.

CGL has a proven track record as an inclusive, people-orientated company, delivering leading-edge services for a wide range of clients. We are passionate about developing the careers of our staff with training and career development provided at all levels in a supportive and flexible working environment.

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CGL is one of the largest geotechnical and geoenvironmental specialist consultancies in the UK with clients in residential, commercial and public sectors. About 62% of CGL’s technical staff have postgraduate MScs or PhDs.

The CGL Career Path is a career-long approach to personal development and progression which is unique to the specialist construction sector. The programme will support you through Chartership and beyond for further technical or managerial qualifications.


Oliver Rhodes’s journey with CGL…

“I graduated in 2015 from the ever-popular BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree at The University of Portsmouth. I opted for the four-year course, including a year in industry with CGL during 2013/2014. During the year in industry, I was involved with many site investigation projects and began interpretative report writing and communicating geotechnics to other engineers and to clients. I was impressed with CGL’s commitment to give me both responsibility and support. Additionally, I was able to use site investigation data gained during my placement year to produce a final year dissertation on “the settlement characteristics of an embankment on floodplain alluvium”.

Following my bachelor’s degree I returned to CGL for two years and gained yet more experience in site investigation including the use of new, novel cone penetration testing techniques to delineate chalk dissolution features. I also supervised a large earthworks project in which I was the main site consultant and learned a great deal about the pace and contractual challenges with such projects. During this time I was based in CGL’s Godalming office and had a commute from Guildford which comprised a five mile cycle along the River Wey toe path, a particularly stress-busting start and end to the day. I was also able to travel and provide support on a site investigation project in the Scottish highlands.

In 2017 I expressed a wish to study a masters degree and was lucky enough to secure a position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, studying MSc Geotechnics and Geohazards. CGL was able to provide financial support during my two-year course and also provide employment during my summer break. I collaborated with a Norwegian geotechnical consultant to produce a thesis titled “Preloading with prefabricated vertical drains as a slope stabilisation technique”. Having returned to CGL in the summer of 2019 I have seen my involvement with more diverse projects develop, becoming more focussed on the geotechnical side of things and I’m currently developing skills in detailed numerical analyses and beginning to project manage larger and more exciting projects. I’m excited about future opportunities with this great company, working in both the UK and Ireland, and gaining great experience as I work towards chartership in the coming years.”