Civil Engineer

The occupation of a civil engineer includes the planning, design, construction, maintentance and operation of roads, bridges, dams, transportation systems and railways.

Personal requirements of a civil engineer may include:

  • Ability to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • An aptitude for design, mathematics and the physical science
  • Being practical and creative
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Being a good team worker
  • Willing to accept responsibility
  • Willing to contribute and adhere to the safety requirements of the operation

Civil engineers may complete the following tasks:

  • Supervise the construction of projects to ensure they follow carefully drafted plans
  • Research and advise on the best engineering solution to meet a client's needs and budget
  • Produce detailed designs and documentation for the construction and implementation of civil engineering projects
  • Organise the delivery of materials and equipment needed for the construction project and to supervise labour
  • Talk to other engineers, architects, landscape architects and environmental scientists
  • Prepare engineering calculations required for the design of projects and supervise the drafting
  • Operate computers to assist with the design of civil engineering projects
  • Analyse risks associated with natural disasters including wind, earthquake, fire and floods, and design structures and services to meet appropriate standards

Civil engineers are employed by all levels of government, construction companies, and by engineering and architectural firms.

Becoming a civil engineer usually requires studying engineering at a university with a major in civil engineering. University prerequisites vary and some have flexible entry requirements. The best way is to contact individual universities and ask for further information as requirements can change.

The career pathway of a civil engineer offers various specialisation opportunities including:

  • Structural engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Environmental engineering