The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering equips students with the relevant skills and knowledge to provide a range of professional civil engineering services in regional, national and international environments. The course prepares graduates for work involving the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities of critical civil engineering infrastructure such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, pipelines, transport systems and water supply and waste water treatment facilities.
The course is structured around the 16 competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. These competencies are broadly grouped into: knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills.
Throughout the course, students develop core theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the civil engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant software applications applicable to engineers today.
Hear from an SCU engineering student
Rick Neale - BEng in Civil Engineering
Civil engineers typically find work in a range of settings, including municipal and government road authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, railway departments and companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, airport authorities, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations and in tertiary education teaching. There is currently an Australia-wide shortage of engineers.
Engineers Australia is the professional body representing engineering in Australia. Southern Cross University is undertaking staged accreditation for the degree from Engineers Australia. Accreditation of the course by Engineers Australia enables a student’s qualification to be formally recognised in many different countries throughout the world in accordance with the Washington accord, an international agreement governing recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence. See www.washingtonaccord.org.
To successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering each student must participate in 60 days of industry experience relevant to engineering. Students will be able to undertake this in one or more settings under the supervision of experienced engineers, where they can develop their skills and knowledge and prepare for careers as professional civil engineers.
Students have opportunities to engage with industry representatives from the early stages of the course, creating important network opportunities. For example, first year students have presented the findings of their literature reviews for the unit ‘Processes and Philosophy of Engineering’, to members of Engineers Australia Northern Rivers, in Ballina NSW.