What is Civil Engineering


Civil engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the construction, design and implementation of structures and facilities that are essential to modern life.

These facilities include:

  • roads
  • bridges
  • offshore structures
  • buildings
  • tunnels
  • dams
  • airports
  • harbours
  • water supply and wastewater treatment plants 

Civil engineering graduates help to make life easier and better for people every day. Every project is different, requires a unique approach and frequently involves creating new methods of doing things. 

A good engineer must be innovative, curious and creative. 

Engineers are essential to the economy. Not only does their input mean that commuters and businesses can lead more efficient lives, they also create jobs and attract other companies into an area. 

Civil engineering diagram

A good engineer must be innovative, curious and creative

For instance, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the opera house have made the harbour area of Sydney a central destination for the city, populated by restaurants, hotels and entertainment complexes. 

The skills developed while studying an engineering degree are globally transferable, meaning that you will be able to work anywhere in the world, and you will have the flexibility to work in a wide range of industries. 

You might also decide to specialise into a more niche field of engineering after graduation, like environmental engineering, structural engineering or disaster relief engineering.