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Civil engineering

Civil, structural and environmental engineers design and construct the buildings and infrastructure that are essential to modern society.

Civil engineers improve and protect the world around us, through planning, designing and building the facilities we use every day, from houses to factories to transport systems. Structural engineering is a division of civil engineering, where the focus is on large structures such as bridges, office blocks, roads, railways, airports and canals. Environmental engineering is another division of civil that takes on environmental challenges, such as the construction of water and wastewater treatment plants, air pollution management and sustainability issues.

Civil, structural and environmental engineers use their problem-solving skills to…

1. Design, plan and construct new buildings and structures that meet specific requirements, budgets and timelines, and adhere to strict legislation.
2. Design new transport infrastructure and improve existing systems.
3. Assess the environmental impact of proposed activities or structures, and propose sustainable solutions.
4. Devise innovative solutions for cleaning waste water, reducing air pollution, preventing floods and harnessing renewable energy.


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An engineering qualification offers a chance to do interesting work with interesting people, enhance people's lives, and explore almost unlimited career opportunities.