Civil engineers plan, design, construct and maintain structures and infrastructures which sit on or under the ground. These include roads, bridges, tunnels, railways, dams, water and wastewater plants, and buildings. Civil engineers generally work in office-based jobs in planning, consulting or design. You can also find them outside on construction sites, managing and supervising projects.
Civil engineers use principles of calculus, trigonometry and other maths topics to analyse, design and troubleshoot. Strong project management skills allow you to work to a specific brief, staying within budget and delivering key project milestones on time. These skills are complemented by soft skills in communication, leadership, critical thinking and leadership.
You’ll learn all the key skills you need to become a professional civil engineer, plus skills in construction, project management, design and surveying. You’ll learn about the properties and use of concrete, steel, timber and soil, plus the physics and mechanics of large and small structures. You will also gain expertise in water supply systems, flood protection, sanitation, hydraulics and waste disposal.
You can work in any of the areas suggested for the Flexible major, plus find opportunities with:
Currently 43,000 workers with an expected 10,000-25,000 job openings over 5 years to 2020.
Australian Government, Job Outlook
- Catchment management
- Conservation and natural resource management
- Resource planning and management
- Oil and gas
- Water and waste management
- Project management