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The information on this page relates to the 2023 intake of this specialisation.

Our Humanitarian Engineering will help you develop the crucial skills to plan, implement, and maintain infrastructure in rural Australian areas and developing countries.

The specialisation will explore international aid and development, and provide opportunities to learn from experienced practitioners and industry partners about how to work in disadvantaged communities, fragile states, and communities in disaster recovery.

There are also opportunities to conduct local or overseas fieldwork and apply your knowledge to analyse the challenges faced by Australia's close neighbours, such as rapid urbanisation and entrenched poverty.

Graduate opportunities

As a graduate of our Humanitarian Engineering specialisation, you will possess the technical engineering skills and understanding of how to work across cultures in contexts with limited resources in organisations such the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Asian Development Bank as well as their partner engineering organizations such as Cardno or SMEC.

You may pursue a career through engineering firms to scope, manage and execute projects such as water and sanitation, roads and bridges, housing, schools and hospitals in areas with underdeveloped infrastructure both in Australia and overseas.

Additionally, you may also work with large and small international organisations involved in technological projects in remote Australian communities and developing nations which aim to improve the welfare of the local citizens. 

Career pathways
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