Civil engineering

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

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.

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

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

At Monash, we help you prepare for your chosen career early providing you with skills and knowledge in the following core areas of civil engineering:

  • 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.

You can also complement your civil 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). 

Environmental engineering

Environmental engineering involves the implementation and management of solutions that are in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. It’s concerned with reducing energy and minimising waste, while providing the community with the development opportunities it needs to grow. Environmental engineers make a genuine difference to our world. By improving the knowledge on air, water and land quality, they help restore the environment and protect our natural world.

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

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Civil Engineering at Monash

Civil engineering focuses on the design, construction and maintenance of the physical environment. The options for civil engineering students ensure endless growth.

Nina Le-Trang,
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Masters Accelerated Pathway

“Civil engineering lets me look into the bigger picture and I have enjoyed working on projects that drive growth in society, whether that be through accessibility, jobs or improved liveability.”

Nina Le-Trang,
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Masters Accelerated Pathway