CIVIL ENGINEERING is the study of planning, designing, testing and directing the construction of large scale buildings and structures, and transport, water supply, pollution control and sewerage systems. It includes economic, functional and environmental considerations in the design and construction.
The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the theory and technology of civil engineering and their application to the construction process, the effects of soils, water and stress on structures, and the environmental impact of civil engineering projects. It also involves developing an ability to design, organise and co-ordinate civil engineering projects.
Courses in Civil Engineering develop skills in:
- analysing sites and applying the principles of soil mechanics to determine construction methods
- analysing the composition and strength of various engineering materials
- applying the principles of fluid mechanics and hydraulics to the design and construction of watercourses and dams
- designing civil engineering projects
This narrow field comprises the following detailed fields:
- Construction Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Building Services Engineering
- Water and Sanitary Engineering
- Transport Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Ocean Engineering
- Civil Engineering, n.e.c.
Thinking about a job in this field?
Check out the courses available in this field at various Australian universities and alternative study pathway options. If you'd like to speak with someone, discuss with your Career Advisor at school, or contact the Indigenous Education Unit at any of the Australian Universities, and they’ll be able to offer advice on available local information and student support services.