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Civil Engineer

What is it like to be a Civil Engineer?

Civil engineers apply practical analysis and technical principles to design, create, construct and maintain infrastructure, such as roads, railways, airfields, irrigation works, buildings, harbour facilities, dams, pipelines, sewers, tunnels, canals and disposal works.

Civil engineers work in a variety of settings including engineering firms, government organisations, agricultural companies, mining companies, environmental organisations and private consultancy, among many others.

For more information about a career as an Civil Engineer, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

Civil engineers have the ability to meet strict deadlines and solve complex problems. Your success as a civil engineer relies heavily on your interest in construction and motivation to produce successful projects.

  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Aptitude for computing and design
  • Practical and creative
  • Able to work without supervision
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to accept responsibility
  • Willing to contribute and adhere to the safety requirements of the operation

To become a Civil Engineer

To be able to become a Civil Engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science is eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering Science may apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist and, when granted, may use the post-nominal TMIEAust CEngT.

If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are other Master degrees to assist you.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.

After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.

 

Pathways to become an Engineer

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