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Civil Engineering

Civil and Construction engineering involves the application of scientific and technological principles to the design and construction of facilities for the community such as: railways, harbours, roads, bridges, water supply and waste water treatment, dams, mining construction, power projects, and buildings.

This discipline requires a strong background in the mathematical and physical sciences. Civil engineers work closely with planners, architects and environmental scientists.

The Department of Civil Engineering offers programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Graduates are employed mainly by federal, state or municipal authorities, consulting engineers, large contractors and specialist subcontractors. The Department’s graduates are held in high regard by employers and the profession.

In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 assessment, Curtin University is ranked above world standard in Civil Engineering.

Possible careers

  • Civil engineer
  • Building contractor
  • Design engineer
  • Site engineer


The Department of Civil Engineering have acquired laboratory facilities worth over $5m, including:

  • Pavement/Geotechnology research (HVTCRB relevance 250k tonnes >$10m over the last 8 years; Pavement Research facilities worth ~$1m:  Nat.Assoc.of Testing Authorities, Aus (NATA) for calibration/testing/inspections; unbound, modified and stabilised materials;  asphalt;  soils)
  • Water laboratory enhancements (quality/flow,  water-movement/ limnology)
  • Structures (unique heavy-testing-rig 500t capacity)

As well as a new Civil Engineering integrated facility (CEIF) with ongoing refurbishments to enhance:

  • Structures (heavy-testing)
  • Bio-activated laboratories
  • Earthquake Engineering (stress -tubes and canon impact, earthquake engineering and blast impact engineering)

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