Civil, Structural and Environmental engineering
With specialist skills across two broad engineering disciplines, graduates can seek employment across a wide range of industries and organisations, including...Read more
With specialist skills across two broad engineering disciplines, graduates can seek employment across a wide range of industries and organisations, including multinational companies, government departments, small and large manufacturers, construction companies, private consulting engineering practices and the defence, energy and information technology industries in Australia and abroad.
Some of the more common careers include the following.
Structural engineers design the framework of buildings, towers, bridges, tunnels and other structures to ensure strength and safety. They study developments of new materials and methods and their use in the design and construction of new structures and repair of existing structures.
Water resources engineers work with the natural hydrological cycle to supply water and to collect wastewater from cities and towns for treatment prior to its return to the environment. Water resources engineering also looks at flow in natural river channels.
Coastal engineers design and implement solutions on the coast that provide for society's need and desire to live and work by the ocean. They design harbours, jetties, wharves and seawalls, and schemes to protect and maintain beaches, both for recreation and as a way of protecting population centres against some of nature's most energetic forces.
Geotechnical engineers are involved in the design and construction of foundations, dams, earth retaining structures, embankments, tunnels, pavements and landfills. They also offer engineering assessments of the ground and landslides, and provide solutions for the remediation of contaminated ground.
Transportation and highways engineers specialise in analysing population and growth statistics, and traffic patterns and volume, to project future requirements. They consult with specialists and government officials to design efficient and safe traffic systems, including public transport and study roadway and embankment design, the geometry of highway interchanges and the maintenance of facilities such as culverts and overpasses.
Materials and testing engineers conduct research, develop tests and evaluate the quality or suitability of materials and products related to projects such as bridges, dams, roads, airports and railways. Other projects may be in relation to waste disposal, flood control, and industrial/large buildings. Additionally, they coordinate and direct the research, development and testing of materials such as asphalt, concrete, steel, cement, timber and plastics, and consider factors such as stresses and strains, estimated load, water pressure, wind resistance and temperature fluctuations. They advise on materials most suited to meet individual construction problems.
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