Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are designing and improving the systems and process that allow humans and nature to coexist with minimal impact.

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is a broad field concerned with the design, construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure for the benefit of society. Infrastructure such as 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.

A career in civil engineering

Civil engineers find challenging and rewarding career opportunities in a wide range of areas, including government infrastructure projects, private industry, construction and mining, roads and traffic industries, marine and resort developments, property and land development, and consulting firms.

Civil engineers may be involved in:

  • talking to community leaders about the best way to solve a transport problem
  • working with a consortium to design an eco-tourism resort
  • developing mathematical or physical models of currents to investigate the viability of a new port
  • developing the concept of a ‘green building’ that is environmentally sensitive and efficient
  • advising a community group about recycling stormwater
  • developing specifications, plans and procedures for a new foundation system for unstable soils.

Civil engineering disciplines

A Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) degree from Monash is a broad and highly sought-after qualification that prepares you for a career in a range of civil engineering fields.

You can take your skills and your experience to the next level with any of our one or two-year master’s or advanced master’s programs. These postgraduate programs are certified through Engineers Australia, and fulfil the academic requirements for stage 2 competency as part of the admission
to Chartered status.

Specialisations are offered in the following civil engineering streams:

  • Geomechanical engineering: advise on foundation design, support structures, stability of slopes, tunnel design and construction - and the suitability of materials for infrastructure projects.
  • Structural engineering: design and oversee constructions.
  • Transport engineering: plan future travel needs and investigate transport technologies to improve road and traffic systems.
  • Water engineering: plan and manage water supply and drainage systems for communities, agriculture and industry.