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As a civil engineer, you'll be an expert in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of major infrastructure and built environments.

Civil engineers work on everything from buildings, bridges, roads and harbours to dams, airports, utility supply and public health, and create beautiful and sustainable facilities that are designed to meet the needs of society.

Civil engineers understand how natural phenomena behave and solve environmental and technical problems relating to how water flows, how waves break, how rivers can be controlled, how rainfall and wind effects can be measured, and how buildings can resist loads.

In this major, you can study in areas including structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, transportation engineering, geomechanics, hydrology, construction, coastal engineering and economics.

Career paths lead to employment in private industry, commonwealth, state and local government, consulting engineering firms, construction companies, mining companies and research establishments.

Be in demand

  • Unleash your creative vision and gain the specialised skills you need to design and build a world that is beautiful, functional and sustainable
  • With highly experienced academic staff who are leaders in their fields, you will have access to the latest knowledge and some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry.

Highlights

1 in Queensland for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

26 in the world for civil and structural engineering

QS World University Rankings 2020

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Civil engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Transport engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Coastal engineer
  • Design manager

Early-career salary

Civil Engineer

$48K–$76K

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Late-career salary

Civil Engineer

$74K–$193K

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This Major is available as:

  • Major
  • Extended Major

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

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