Careers in civil engineering

Where do civil engineers work?

Qualified civil engineers find challenging and rewarding opportunities both locally and internationally, in a range of areas:

  • government infrastructure projects
  • private industry
  • construction and mining
  • roads and traffic industries
  • marine and resort developments
  • property and land development
  • consulting firms.

What do civil engineers do?

  • Design water supply systems for new cities.
  • Provide alternatives to relieve traffic congestion and solve transport problems.
  • Develop ways of treating and reusing stormwater and waste water to preserve precious resources.
  • Manage the maintenance of the large bridges that link most cities’ major arterials.
  • Develop new ways of tackling climate change through geological sequestration of carbon dioxide.
  • Prevent contamination of soil and ground water from industrial activities.
  • Design systems to control erosion in rivers and protect people from the devastation of floods.
  • Investigate, design and manage the construction of multi-storey buildings.
  • Design a road, freeway or tunnels and manage their construction.
  • Develop mathematical or physical models of river and tidal currents to investigate the availability of new ports.
  • Develop the concept of ‘green buildings’ that produce more electricity than they consume and have self-sufficient supplies.
  • Interpret and organise drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures for innovative foundation systems for unstable soils.
  • Work with consortiums to design eco-tourism resorts.
  • Run training courses for other engineers to keep them abreast of specialist skills.
  • Work in mining extraction and processing of ores from the earth.