UON's civil and structural engineering subjects in world top 100
Our pioneering scientific approaches to geotechnical engineering design underpins the development of energy and transport infrastructure.
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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Civil engineering. A firm foundation for your career.
At UON we educate our engineers to meet the global challenges of the future. You'll learn to engineer energy-efficient buildings using the latest nano-materials, help develop sustainable and resilient infrastructure in developing countries. Perhaps your study will lead you to design Australia’s first high-speed train network to connect communities and reduce carbon emissions. Your degree could even build a revolutionary water recycling plant to tackle water security issues.
What is civil engineering? Civil engineers are responsible for the physical infrastructure that enables modern societies to function. As a civil engineering student you will study buildings, highways and railways, tunnels, airports, power generation facilities and harbour facilities. Your courses will focus on preparing you to design, build and manage these structures as a fully qualified civil engineer.
Why complete two engineering degrees? Broaden your engineering expertise to open up a wider range of career opportunities. The environmental engineering courses will develop your knowledge of chemistry, geomechanics, hydrology and land surfaces, allowing you to find solutions for complex environmental problems, such as water pollution and soil erosion.
Build critical technical and engineering skills by studying courses in:
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.
Develop your environmental engineering skills in:
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Civil engineers work for construction companies, consulting firms, project management companies, transport companies and governments. You could specialise in:
Civil engineering is flexible and diverse. You might prefer to work onsite, in design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:
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.
The combined degree advantage: Your environmental engineering skills will help you enter environmental consulting roles in contracting firms, technology transfer companies, environmental remediation companies, fisheries and forestry. Employers will value the depth and diversity of your skills and you’ll be well placed to take up leadership roles in engineering.
All UON engineering students have the opportunity to 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.
One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.