Civil structures engineers specialise in the analysis and design of large, complex structures such as Sydney Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. They are proficient in the advanced design and modelling techniques needed to erect and maintain structures, and understand the traditional and advanced materials available for their construction.
You’ll learn all the key skills you need to become a professional civil engineer, plus an advanced understanding of the behaviour of structures under stresses due to extreme weather, earthquakes or explosions for example. You’ll also develop skills in assessing structural damage. This includes practical expertise in assessing and improving the safety of older structures which may be subject to loads and conditions they weren’t originally designed to withstand. In addition to this, you will use leading-edge computer software to model, analyse and design structures.
You can work in any of the areas suggested for the Civil major, plus find opportunities with:
- major commercial developers
- government agencies and their contractors
- engineering consultancies, particularly those which specialise in designing and building large structures or assessing existing structures