Environmental engineering

Environmental engineering

Strong jobs growth^ for environmental engineers is projected over the next 5 years
81.4%
of graduates secure full-time employment within 4 months of graduating
Professional recognition - accredited by Engineers Australia

How to apply

What do environmental engineers do?

By minimising environmental problems through sustainable development, environmental engineers make a genuine difference to our world. They help restore the environment by improving the knowledge on air, water and land quality.

Few branches of engineering have such a profound impact on our health, quality of life and the future wellbeing of the planet as environmental engineering. It’s all about the implementation and management of solutions and programs in keeping with the principles of sustainable development. It involves reducing energy and resource use and both minimising and managing waste and pollution, while providing the community with the development opportunities it needs to grow.

Environmental engineering encompasses water and air-pollution control, recycling, water supply, waste disposal, land management, transport and the built environment, process engineering, and public health issues.

Your future career options

Environmental problems exist in all countries and industries, so your opportunities are broad and far-reaching. You could work in air-pollution control, water supply, land management, impact assessment, hazardous-waste management, energy production, stormwater and wastewater management, environmental management systems and much more.

Working closely with a range of professionals and the community, environmental engineers:

  • develop sustainable building and transport system in harmony with the environment
  • design and implement sustainable manufacturing technologies to minimise industrial pollution
  • remediate or rehabilitate contaminated sites
  • reduce catchment soil erosion and salinity
  • evaluate, monitor, regulate and minimise the environmental risks and impacts of engineering projects
  • develop environmental management systems
  • ensure the provision and distribution of clean water supplies

Organisations employing environmental engineers

Organisations employing environmental engineers include:

  • power generation companies
  • engineering consulting firms
  • industries that need cleaner production systems
  • private and municipal agencies that supply drinking water and treat wastewater
  • companies treating and disposing of hazardous waste
  • environmental agencies and companies responsible for mine-site rehabilitation
  • organisations helping to account for carbon and implementing low-carbon solutions
  • government agencies monitoring and regulating environmental issues
  • universities that teach and conduct sustainability research
  • international agencies that aid developing nations

Our growing population and improving living standards continue to provide many local and international employment opportunities. Our graduates have varied and diverse career options, going on to successful careers in leading companies such as AECOM, CSIRO, Dyson, GE Renewable Energy, Environment Protection Authority, John Holland, Tesla, EY, Golder, Cleanaway, Google, Snowy Hydro, and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Graduate work-ready

Leverage our world-wide industry connections, find your entrepreneurial spirit, discover your leadership and professional style and kick-start your career with an internship. There’s a range of extracurricular programs to prepare you for success and your dream career.

The new Co-operative Education Program provides relevant work experience opportunities through internships with our partner organisations. Undertake a three, six or 12 month paid internship and explore different industry sectors, understand what it is to be a working engineer and connect the experience to your studies in a practical way. You’ll enhance your technical and professional skills, build industry connections and gain skills to give you the edge in a competitive employment market.

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Our Career Connect program gives you access to experienced coaches and industry based professionals. Take part in employability workshops, small group career conversations and, in your final year, one-on-one coaching.

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The Monash Engineering Leadership Program is a development program that prepares you to be an engineering leader. It’s an opportunity to engage with industry professionals from the private sector, with seminars, interactive workshops and industry site visits. Through the program you’ll establish valuable networks and develop ‘soft skills’ such as communication, leadership and teamwork, that are highly regarded by employers and gives you a competitive edge. Students in the program may also be eligible to apply for a generous scholarship thanks to the support of industry partners and donors.

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The MITI program provides an invaluable experience that’ll equip you for life’s challenges by offering insights into the business world, practical learning, leadership and teamwork opportunities. Students are competitively selected from a range of fields to form multidisciplinary teams. Working as part of a team, you’ll be placed alongside industry experts and given a challenging, well-defined real-world project to deliver, pushing you to use all of your problem-solving, innovation and design skills. This may even be in a company based overseas.

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Creativity and entrepreneurialism are at the centre of engineering design education at Monash. You can access dedicated, collaborative design and build spaces to take an idea to reality. The university’s entrepreneurial initiative, The Generator, provides experiential education, mentors and seed funding to support you and your startup or social enterprise on your entrepreneurial journey.

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Simone Pianko

Simone Pianko is the founder of BorrowCup, a social impact venture to reduce waste and make the campus more sustainable by providing free reusable cups to borrow at nine cafes on campus.

“I’d love to see other students inspired by this project. The university is a living laboratory for testing ideas to make our society more sustainable. If you’re like me and you like solving problems, or want to make the world a better place, or think about society and how you could change it, then engineering could be for you.”

Simone Pianko
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce
Founder of BorrowCup
Sustainability and Resilience Intern, AECOM

Read Simone's story

What you’ll study in your undergraduate degree

Expand your skills with an engineering minor

As a environmental engineer the career opportunities are diverse and you may find yourself working in one of many adjacent fields of engineering. Selecting your electives from one of our minor programs will ensure that you have the background knowledge required to make strong contributions in your role from day one.

A minor offers you a depth and breadth of study in the adjacent field which widens your knowledge and enhances your career opportunities – all within your four-year Engineering degree. The engineering minors available in environmental engineering specialisation of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) are:

Renewable energy engineering

Mining engineering

Civil engineering

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Course details

Bachelor of Environmental engineering (Honours)

4 years full-time / 8 years part-time

Starts: February and July

At Monash you can become a fully qualified and accredited engineer in just four years. Your degree kicks off with a ‘common first year’ that allows you to explore the ten engineering disciplines before specialising from second year.

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Minor options available

Earn two degrees with only one* extra year of study and broaden your career opportunities. Combining engineering with another degree gives you a distinct set of skills and helps you stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Combine environmental engineering with:

  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Science

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Your pathway to success

From your first day to your final lecture, you’ll have everything you need to be prepared for a successful career.

There's a range of extracurricular activities and programs to support you to pursue your passions and get the most from your uni experience. Develop hands-on skills, build friendships and networks, undertake opportunities to think and work globally, plus get a head start on your career through work-based learning.

Graduate study options

Whether you want to gain a professional edge, or are looking to explore your specialisation at an advanced level or pursue research interests, graduate study will take your qualification to the next level.

Master of Advanced Engineering

The expert masters program explores your chosen specialisation at an advanced technical level and is designed to foster innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and leadership. This qualification will advance your skills and give you a competitive advantage to lead innovation and drive industry change in your engineering field.

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Master of Professional Engineering

This course is for students who have completed undergraduate studies in engineering or in another field such as science, mathematics or pharmacy and are seeking an internationally recognised engineering qualification to practice as a professional engineer. In this masters program, you'll specialise in engineering technical, research and professional units and undertake a design and a research project, blending theory and practice.

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This is pathway program for high-achieving students to be on track to earn, in just five years, both a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and an expert master’s degree in advanced engineering. The Masters Accelerated Pathway program allows you to gain practical and theoretical skills for a career in engineering. There’s a rich selection of specialist electives to choose from, and the course offers strong links to industry and a focus on leadership skills to strengthen your critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills.

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Make an impact and solve real world issues with a PhD or masters by research degree. Be involved in pioneering research that can impact the world, collaborate and be mentored by leading researchers and expand your career options. A graduate research degree opens doors not just in industry and academia but also in roles outside your research area.

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