T Level students being awarded CITB certification.

T Level students awarded CITB certification

15 January 2024

T Level students specialising in design, surveying, and planning for construction have been awarded CITB certification across three integral courses in construction: leveling, total stations, and robotic total stations.

This T Level programme is suitable for anyone seeking a career in construction. More specifically in surveying and design, civil engineering, building services design, or hazardous materials surveying. Potential roles include civil engineering technician, technical surveyor, building technician, building control officer, town planning assistant, and geospatial technician.

As part of their course, students learn about various digital engineering techniques used across the construction industry. One way is through surveying, where new technologies such as GPS total stations have become the norm. Systems like these are used for laser leveling and laser measuring, a process that accurately creates 3D models of construction sites. Other digital techniques covered in the programme include simulation, animation, and computer-aided design (CAD).

To help students better understand surveying instruments, Matthew Hughes, Training Director from Site Skills Knowhow, led a training session over a week. Under his expert guidance, they were shown how to operate total systems, set up control points, shoot points, and collect topographic data. On the final day, they were tasked with setting up systems independently and then surveying an elevated section of the college.

Site Skills Knowhow is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) with CITB, the industry training board for the construction sector in England, Scotland, and Wales. Boasting highly skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced trainers, they deliver assured setting out and surveying courses using the latest technology, along with site safety plus courses.

Will Tierney, Engineering Lecturer, said: “Having CITB qualifications on your CV is a standout asset. It signals to employers that you possess both theoretical knowledge and hands-on training, making you a valuable candidate in the competitive market. With these new skills, students can enhance their employability and broaden opportunities within the construction sector.”

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