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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code

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Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full time or part time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

UON program code: 40057

Study environmental engineering at UON

At UON we train engineers capable of solving the biggest global challenges. As an environmental engineer you may help rehabilitate land damaged by mining or work on the clean-up of an oil spill that threatens local ecosystems. You could even help prevent inundations on one of the world’s fast growing cities.

What is environmental engineering? Environmental engineers apply their knowledge of chemistry, geomechanics, hydrology and land surface processes to find solutions for complex environmental problems, such as water pollution and soil erosion. They’re responsible for developing sustainable engineering practices that have a profound impact on our health and quality of life. They work with other specialists to optimise the use of resources and minimise long-term impacts on the environment.

Why study with us?

  • Engineering at UON is number one in NSW for good teaching, the overall education experience and student support.
  • Our graduates are job-ready. They rated us number 1 in NSW for the skills they enter the workplace with, and in 2015, 85% of our engineering graduates were employed within four months of graduating.
  • You can add a Master of Professional Engineering to your credentials with just one extra year of study.
85% Employed ? within four months of graduation
32 in the world ? for energy science and engineering
No. 1 in NSW ? for overall quality of educational experience
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates

What you will study

Build critical technical and engineering skills through courses in:

  • calculus of science and engineering
  • environmental chemistry
  • engineering computations and probability
  • environmental legislation and planning
  • geomechanics
  • fluid mechanics
  • hydrobiological modelling
  • hydrology
  • land surface process and management
  • spatial data systems and remote sensing
  • water engineering

Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world problems. Gain invaluable practical experience through your industry placement.

Become job-ready through our professional practice courses. You'll learn to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurism.

Diversify your skills with a cluster of four elective specialisation courses, which can be used to:

  • deepen your technical competence in your engineering field
  • broaden your expertise in another area of engineering
  • specialise your skills in areas outside engineering, such as business or maths
  • study overseas at one of our many partner institutions.

Related undergraduate degrees

GradSchool

Masters of Professional Engineering

To take your learning to the next level, our unique degree structure gives you the option of completing a fifth year of study to graduate with two degrees – your four-year Engineering (Honours) degree PLUS a Master of Professional Engineering. In your Masters year you’ll deepen your technical skills, pursue your personal interests through a major project and specialise or broaden your skills through four more elective courses.

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Career opportunities

Environmental engineers play an important role in industry and government. They may find work with consultancies, contracting firms, universities, research and development organisations, technology transfer companies or large manufacturers. Average starting salaries for engineers are great – more than $80,000 per annum.

Environmental engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • water reclamation project designer
  • environmental remediation technician
  • environmental impact consultant
  • toxic materials control engineer
  • sustainable fisheries consultant

Remarkably, engineering is the most commonly held degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs – the CEOs of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia (logo)

Professional recognition through Engineers Australia qualifies you as a professional engineer. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Practical experience

Practical experience

All UON engineering students must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.

Group of Eight Australia, Engineering Associate.

Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

Global Engineering Education Exchange

One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.