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Civil engineering

Design, plan and test infrastructure that improves the way we live

Civil engineers manage the design and construction of crucial modern infrastructure such as buildings and transport networks, and systems for managing water, irrigation, sewage and floodwaters.

What is civil engineering?

The homes we live in, the roads we travel on and the bridges we cross are all designed and planned by civil engineers. The creation of Dubai’s towering Burj Khalifa, Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium and Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge are all feats of civil engineering.

Civil engineering is a broad profession combining functional solutions with creativity and innovation to improve society. Civil engineers are responsible for the design, planning and testing of buildings, towers, transport infrastructure, gas and water systems, sewerage schemes, irrigation systems, new mines and many more facilities.

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

Civil engineering careers

  • Design efficient buildings using the latest technologies, work on water purification and sanitation in developing countries, help people travel safely and quickly, or plan the next amusement park.
  • Apply technical skills, including mathematics and physics, to identify and solve engineering problems, such as accurately determining how much weight can be safely distributed throughout a bridge.
  • Help farming communities in developing nations by planning, implementing and maintaining important infrastructure, such as irrigation systems for crop harvesting.
  • Become an aid worker, construction manager, humanitarian architect, sustainability specialist, town planner, geotechnical consultant or senior structural engineer, among many other careers,
  • Work in the construction, mining, agriculture, coastal and marine, transport or public health sectors.
  • Work in an established company, governmental organisation or a not for profit, with opportunities to travel overseas.
  • Graduate salaries start at $60-63K per annum (Graduate Careers Australia).

Why study civil engineering with us?

Choosing our Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) as your first preference makes good sense.

  • Our degree equips you with the technical knowledge and professional skills in management, finance and problem solving to create infrastructure that improves lives throughout the world.
  • Our humanitarian major is the first of its kind in Australia, offering you the opportunity to go on overseas fieldwork trips, and learn from experienced industry partners about how to make a difference in disadvantaged communities.
  • A 12-week internship will provide you with invaluable industry experience and the opportunity to forge industry connections.
  • Choose from 15 engineering majors – the most relevant to this degree are Structures, Environmental Engineering, Construction Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Transport Engineering, and Humanitarian Engineering.
  • Broaden your career prospects by combining your Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) with a second degree in arts, commerce, science (health or medical science) or laws. Combined degrees are five years in length – this means you do just one extra year to attain two full qualifications.

Win Myint Kwaw

Win Myint Kwaw
Engineering Honours (Civil)
“Sydney is in the middle of an exciting growth period and I anticipate a large demand for civil engineers within the transport and infrastructure sectors to help with this transformation.”

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil)

Brian O’Callaghan

Brian O’Callaghan
Engineering Honours (Civil)/Commerce
“Studying at the University of Sydney has provided me the opportunity to work on projects that make a real difference in the world. Being involved with Engineers Without Borders has allowed me to apply what I’ve learnt in lecture halls to helping people living in less-developed communities in countries like Laos, Nepal and India.”

Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Commerce