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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.

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?

There are many reasons to choose our Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) as your first preference.

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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

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