Civil engineers improve systems and processes that allow humans and nature to coexist with minimal impact. Modern society could not function without them.
We need civil engineers to design and build higher capacity transportation systems. We need them to construct larger commercial and industrial complexes. We need them for water supply and pollution control. And we need them to repair or replace roads, bridges and other structures.
What is civil engineering?
Civil engineering is concerned with the design, construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure for the benefit of society. Types of infrastructure include:
- highways and railways
- buildings and structures of all kinds
- transport and traffic systems
- harbour facilities for transportation
- space stations
- power generation facilities
- water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution systems.
What do civil engineers do?
Civil engineers design structures including multi-storey buildings, bridges, tunnels, commercial complexes, oil rig platforms, water systems, road and traffic systems and foundation supports.
A civil engineer might:
- talk to community leaders about the best way to solve a transport problem
- work with a consortium to design an eco-tourism resort
- develop mathematical or physical models of currents to investigate the viability of a new port
- develop the concept of a ‘green building’ that is environmentally sensitive and efficient
- advise a community group about recycling storm water
- develop specifications, plans and procedures for a new foundation system for unstable soils.
Civil engineering streams
At Monash we help you prepare for your chosen civil engineering career early with specialisations in the following streams:
- Structural: Design and oversee constructions.
- Water: Plan and manage water supply and drainage systems for communities, agriculture and industry.
- Transport: Plan future travel needs and investigate transport technologies to improve road and traffic systems.
- Geomechanics: Advise on foundation design, support structures, stability of slopes, tunnel design and construction - and the suitability of materials for infrastructure projects.
Careers in civil engineering
When you graduate as a civil engineer, you will find challenging and rewarding opportunities in the following areas:
- Government infrastructure projects
- Private industry
- Construction and mining
- Roads and traffic industries
- Marine and resort developments
- Property and land development
- Consulting firms.