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Environmental engineering. Be part of the solution.
At the University of Newcastle we train environmental engineers capable of solving the biggest global challenges. As an environmental engineering graduate, 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 or contribute to solving drought impacts on cities and ecosystems.
What is environmental engineering? Environmental engineering 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. By studying a range of courses in environmental engineering and related fields, they learn to develop sustainable engineering practices that have a profound impact on our health and quality of life. They learn to work with other specialists to optimise the use of resources and minimise long-term impacts on the environment.
Why combine engineering with science? Complete these two bachelor degrees in just five years – deepen your technical skills with comprehensive chemistry or biology courses which are available in the Bachelor of Science. Chemistry and biology are both fundamental to engineering and a deeper knowledge of these sciences can help you solve more complex engineering problems. This advanced theoretical background will also open up opportunities in research and development.
Develop critical technical and engineering skills in:
Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world problems with environmental engineering solutions. 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 science 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.
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:
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 advanced science skills in chemistry or biology will help you enter specialist roles in research and development. Employers will value the depth and diversity of your skills and you’ll be well placed to take up leadership roles in engineering.
All University of Newcastle 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.