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Civil Engineering

Abbreviated title       BE
Duration                     4 years
Campus                      Clayton
Double degrees        Architectural  Design, Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce, Law, Science

Modern society could not function without civil engineers.

Civil Engineers improve systems and processes that allow humans and nature to coexist with minimal impact.

As societies progress, we need more civil engineers.

We need civil engineers to, design and build higher capacity transportation systems. To, construct larger commercial and industrial complexes. For, water supply and pollution control. And, to repair or replace roads, bridges and other structures.

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is concerned with the design, construction, maintenance and the operation of infrastructure for the benefit of society. Types of infrastructure include:

  • Highways and railways
  • Buildings and structures of all kinds
  • Transport and traffic systems
  • Harbour facilities for transportation
  • Space stations
  • Power generation facilities
  • Water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution systems.

What do civil engineers do?

Civil engineers design structures including multi-storey buildings, bridges, tunnels, commercial complexes, oil rig platforms, water systems, road and traffic systems, and foundation supports.
A civil engineer might:
• Talk to community leaders about the best way to solve a transport problem.
• Develop mathematical or physical models of river and tidal currents to investigate the viability of a new port.
• Advise a community group about recycling storm water.
• Develop the concept of a ‘green building’ that is environmentally sensitive and efficient.
• Interpret and organise specifications, drawings, plans and procedures for an innovative foundation system for unstable soils.
• Develop new materials for use in construction.
• Work with a consortium to design an eco-tourism resort.

A civil engineer might:

Civil engineers design structures including multi-storey buildings, bridges, tunnels, commercial complexes, oil rig platforms, water systems, road and traffic systems, and foundation supports.

A civil engineer might:

  • Talk to community leaders about the best way to solve a transport problem.
  • Develop mathematical or physical models of river and tidal currents to investigate the viability of a new port.
  • Advise a community group about recycling storm water.
  • Develop the concept of a ‘green building’ that is environmentally sensitive and efficient.
  • Interpret and organise specifications, drawings, plans and procedures for an innovative foundation system for unstable soils.
  • Develop new materials for use in construction.
  • Work with a consortium to design an eco-tourism resort.
 
Course overview
 

Civil engineering streams

At Level three, you can choose one from the following four engineering streams to specialise in through taking electives.

Structures

Structural engineers design buildings, bridges, airports, railways, commercial complexes, towers, off-shore platforms and tunnels. They ensure structures are sound under extreme conditions such as wind, waves and earthquakes.

Water

Water engineers manage water supply systems for people, agriculture and industry. Typically, a water engineer will:

  • Develop projects to control flood waters.
  • Design dams, spillways and pipe networks.
  • Manage rivers and develop systems to collect and treat wastewater.
  • Develop urban water sensitive designs.

Transport and Traffic

Transport and traffic engineers plan the future travel needs of city and country areas. They investigate alternative transport technologies to make existing road and traffic systems safer and more efficient.

Geotechnics

Geotechnical engineers advise on foundation design, support structures, stability of slopes, tunnel design and construction, and the suitability of materials for infrastructure projects.

Careers in civil engineering

Your career prospects as a civil engineer are strong and diverse. When you graduate, you might work in any one of these sectors:

  • Private industry
  • Government
  • Construction and mining
  • Marine and resort developments
  • Property and land development
  • Consulting firms.

 

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