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Environmental engineering

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Your qualification will be a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)

All Monash engineering specialisations consider sustainability, but as an Environmental engineering student, it will be your priority.

Environmental engineering involves the implementation and management of solutions that are in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. It is concerned with reducing energy and minimising waste, while providing the community with opportunities to grow.

Demand is on the rise for Engineering graduates with environmental expertise. This is your chance to stand out from the crowd, and make a difference for the generations to come.

As an environmental engineer you will have the opportunity to directly address the impact of human activity, and protect our natural world.

Whether you're passionate about climate change, air pollution or water supply systems, your passion can now become your livelihood.

As an environmental engineer, you might:

  • develop environmentally-sound building and transport systems
  • rehabilitate or develop landfill sites
  • ensure clean water supplies are provided to a community
  • evaluate and minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects
  • develop cleaner production technologies to reduce industrial pollution
  • evaluate the risks of climate change for a project or business and recommend solutions

A career as an environmental engineer is broad and far-reaching. Organisations employing environmental engineers include the following:

  • engineering consulting firms
  • private agencies that supply drinking water and treat wastewater
  • companies that treat and dispose of hazardous waste
  • organisations helping to account for carbon and implementing low carbon solutions
  • government agencies regulating environmental issues
  • universities that teach and conduct sustainability research
  • International agencies that aid developing nations

You can also complement your environmental engineering degree with a minor and tailor your studies to explore your interests and expand your career opportunities. If you are completing a single degree course, you can use electives to complete one of the engineering minors from a different engineering discipline or approved minors from Arts, Business and Economics, IT or Science . A minor has four units studied over at least two years and is listed on your transcript.  The engineering minors available are:

Renewable energy engineering

Renewable energy engineering focuses on the fundamental conversion of solar radiation, wind, hydro, and bioenergy resources into electricity by designing, building and operating energy plants such as wind farms, solar farms and hydro power facilities. These engineers run the large-scale energy system incorporating renewables, and they provide expert advice in the development of energy policy to facilitate the transformation of the energy system, both domestically and internationally.

This minor is only available in Civil or Environmental engineering specialisations of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Mining engineering

Mining engineering involves environmentally-safe extraction and processing of natural minerals from the earth. Mining engineers supply critical materials like copper, iron, lithium and gold, that are essential for modern society and the world’s economy. They develop innovative and sustainable ways to make mining cleaner and safer, and help to sustain the future supply of the world’s natural resources. Mining engineers work in all aspects of the resources industry from exploration and planning, to extraction, processing and rehabilitation.Automation and digital technologies are modernising the mining industry and transforming mining careers.

This minor is only available in Civil or Environmental engineering specialisations of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). 

Civil engineering

Civil engineers design and improve systems and processes that allow humans and nature to coexist with minimal impact. Modern society couldn’t function without them. We need civil engineers to design and build higher-capacity transportation systems; to construct larger commercial and industrial complexes; for water supply and pollution control; and to repair or replace roads, bridges and other structures. The core areas of civil engineering studied are structural, transport, water and geomechanics.

This minor is only available in the Environmental engineering specialisation of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

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Liza Kwan,
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts

“I’ve always been passionate about the environment and sustainability. Studying environmental engineering at Monash allows me to combine my love for technology and problem-solving with my passion for sustainability.”

Liza Kwan, Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts