Bachelor of Science (Civil Systems Major)

3 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 002153M

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Course Description

When completing a Civil Systems major you may choose between a graduate pathway to Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering or Environmental Engineering.

  • Civil Engineering

    Imagine helping to plan how Australia best uses its valuable water resources, designing and planning for our future transport needs, or designing eco-friendly and sustainable buildings.

    Civil engineering involves the planning, design and construction of the built environment and the provision of essential services and infrastructure. Civil engineers use their sophisticated understanding of these concepts to create solutions to improve the quality of life. Construction of the built environment, which includes structures, such as buildings, bridges and tunnels, requires engineers at the forefront of technology with a breadth of knowledge and experience. Similarly, our transport systems, water supply, drainage systems, ports and harbours are all examples of essential services where civil engineers are vital in providing the most effective way of interacting with the natural environment.

    How to study Civil Engineering

    To become a professionally accredited engineer, you will complete five years of study, starting with an engineering major in a three-year undergraduate degree, followed by a two-year Master of Engineering.

    1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science (3 years)

    Complete a Civil Systems major within the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Science.

    More information about the Bachelor of Science.

    2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering (2 years)

    To graduate as a Civil Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete either:

    Career outcomes

    As a civil engineer you could design and create a range of solutions, in areas ranging from sustainable urban development, environmental protection, conservation of energy and water resources, to geotechnical, hydraulic or transport engineering.

    Career opportunities exist in construction, property, infrastructure, consulting, mining, land, water and waste, for a wide range of organisations including manufacturing companies, research organisations, academic institutions, mining companies, energy agencies, local, state and federal governments and local authorities. Equipped with a diverse skill set across a range of areas, you will be highly employable and have opportunities to work both locally and internationally with companies, such as John Holland, Jacobs, Aurecon, Brookfield Multiplex, CPB Contractors and many others.

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    Civil Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]
  • Structural Engineering

    Structural engineers apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and evaluation of materials and systems used in building load-bearing structures like roads, buildings, rail lines, dams and offshore platforms.

    Structural engineers perform roles related to the design of these structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire.

    How to study Structural Engineering

    To become a professionally accredited engineer, you will complete five years of study, starting with an engineering major in a three-year undergraduate degree, followed by a two-year Master of Engineering.

    1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science (3 years)

    Complete a Civil Systems major within the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Science.

    More information about the Bachelor of Science.

    2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering (2 years)

    To graduate as a Structural Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete the Master of Engineering (Structural).

    Career outcomes

    Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles related to the design and development of structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes, such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire, and the risk assessment of infrastructure, for government, consultancies and industry.

    You will find employment with national and global companies such as Arup, Bonacci Group, Brookfield Multiplex, GHD, WorleyParsons and AECOM.

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    Structural Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]
  • Environmental Engineering

    Environmental engineering involves the planning, design and management of the natural environment.

    Environmental engineers require an understanding of the complexity and variability of natural systems, and the way these interact with the built environment. They focus on land and water engineering, examining issues such as land use and management, salinity, water resources management, water quality and soil rehabilitation and create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Environmental engineers regularly work with biologists, ecologists and resource managers in order to solve problems related to ecologically sustainable development.

    How to study Environmental Engineering

    To become a professionally accredited engineer, you will complete five years of study, starting with an engineering major in a three-year undergraduate degree, followed by a two-year Master of Engineering.

    1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science (3 years)

    Complete any of:

    More information about the Bachelor of Science.

    2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering (2 years)

    To graduate as an Environmental Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete the Master of Engineering (Environmental).

    Career outcomes

    Environmental engineering is a rapidly growing field and is an exciting area for anyone with an interest in understanding complex environmental systems and developing the technical, management and policy solutions to deal with these issues. With growing opportunities, as well as new kinds of jobs being developed in environmental areas, such as bushfire protection, carbon management, climate change, sustainable systems, land and water management, conservation and hydrology, waste management and renewable energy, you can be assured of a satisfying career.

    Employment opportunities exist in consulting firms, conservation and natural resource management agencies, environmental protection agencies, catchment management authorities, and in research, government and academia. Companies that employ environmental engineering graduates include: GHD, Golder Associates, Alluvium, Jacobs, John Holland, Coffey International Pty Ltd and AECOM.

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    Environmental Engineering Career Pathways [PDF]

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