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
1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science (3 years)
Complete either of:
- Environmental Engineering major within a Bachelor of Science
- Civil Systems major within 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 (Environmental).
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.