jobs - civil engineer

creative thinking

Civil engineers are collaborators who juggle creative design, analysis, and applied science to construct, and problem solve of all things civil.

They put the theory learned in a degree into practice to build and maintain civil structures, infrastructure, and environments.

You will design, construct, and maintain the roads, dams, pipelines, airports, bridges, railways, tunnels, structures, and the utilities our world and society rely upon.

What will I be doing?

  • Create graphical representations of civil structures
  • Design civil structures or systems
  • Direct construction activities
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures
  • Survey land or bodies of water
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects
  • Estimate operational costs
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance
  • Evaluate technical data to determine the effect on designs or plans
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities
  • Analyze operational data
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects
  • Incorporate green features into the design of structures or facilities
  • Develop technical methods or processes
  • Explain project details to the public
  • Prepare proposal documents
  • Implement design or process improvements

Transferable skills used:

  • Construction knowledge
  • Creative and practical problem solving
  • Quality control and inspections
  • Science and mathematics
  • Business operations and financial activities
  • Performance evaluation and efficiency improvement
  • Operating procedures and processes
  • Environmental management
  • Safety and hazard management
  • Data, analytics, and databases
  • Production processes and machinery
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Records, documentation, reports and research

Skill level needed (out of 10)

  • Digital engagement 8 High
  • Numeracy 7 Intermediate
  • Teamwork 5 Intermediate
  • Writing 6 Intermediate
  • Reading 7 Intermediate
  • Learning 6 Intermediate
  • Problem solving 6 Intermediate
  • Oral communication 6 Intermediate
  • Planning & organising 7 Intermediate
  • Initiative & innovation 7 Intermediate

How to become a Civil Engineer:

To be a Civil Engineer, you will have to have a degree. There are a lot of short courses can be done through the Institute of Civil Infrastructure, Engineers Australia and others, to support your career progress.

What to find out more?

Contact us if you would like to find out more about working in Civil Construction, Civil Engineer.

View Civil Engineer Fact Sheet (PDF)