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Why study Civil Engineering?

Civil engineers provide for people's needs, and are expert in the planning, design, construction and
maintenance of facilities that contribute to modern life. They understand the way in which natural
phenomena behave, including water and wind, and how buildings of all kinds are able to resist loads. They
work with buildings, bridges, roads, harbours, dams, airports, coastal protection, water supply and public
health. Civil engineers apply their theoretical knowledge to produce efficient and economic facilities that are
aesthetically pleasing and satisfy society's needs. They have an aptitude for mathematics and physics and a
desire to meet environmental and technological challenges. Students can study in the areas of structural
engineering, hydraulic engineering, transportation engineering, geomechanics, hydrology and public health
engineering, or management, construction and economics.
Civil engineers provide expert financial and technical advice, and plan and coordinate projects from concepts
through to completion.
What you can study
Students may undertake an extended major in Civil engineering or a minor in mining engineering or
It is recommended that international students entering Year 3 of the program with 2 years of credit should
commence in Semester 1. Those who want to commence in Semester 2 should contact the School of
Engineering for assistance.
View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Civil Engineering single major.
Employment opportunities
Civil engineers mostly work for private industry, commonwealth, state and local government, for consulting
engineering firms, construction companies, mining companies and research establishments. A career in civil
engineering is likely to take you overseas. Within the private sector, consulting civil engineers are engaged to
plan, design, manage and supervise works. They provide expert services to the client, advising financially
and technically and undertaking the planning, coordination and technology of projects, often from first
concepts through to completion.
In the public sector, the state and federal government departments and authorities responsible for railways,
roads, harbours, housing and construction, all employ civil engineers. City councils and regional shires also
need the services of civil engineers.
What it costs
Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) for indicative fees.
How to apply
Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) for information on key dates and how to apply.
Professional memberships
Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

Engineers Australia