Civil Engineering

As a civil engineer you have a VIP ticket to all of the town’s hot spots. Sky Tower, Harbour Bridge, Britomart… without civil engineers they wouldn’t exist. In fact, civil engineers are involved in all big infrastructure projects, such as motorways, airports, harbours, dams, bridges and tunnels. They also help us deal with pollution, traffic congestion and other environmental problems. And with many major new infrastructure projects currently being planned, New Zealand alone will need thousands of new civil engineering and land surveying graduates over the next 10 years.

Unitec has trained many civil engineers and land surveyors. They’re now in senior roles in New Zealand or across the globe. With our help you can get there, too.

Study at the Department of Civil Engineering and you’ll spend many hours in fieldwork exercises. You could be land surveying with the latest Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment, or on field trips to real infrastructure projects like motorways, bridges, tunnels and subdivisions. You’ll be in our soil, material and fluid engineering labs, working with the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes, and using numerical modelling and project management software.

But most of all you’ll spend a lot of time with our civil engineering and land surveying staff, who are experts in all areas of civil engineering. Many of them are Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng), members of IPENZ (Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand) or members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and Licensed Cadastral Surveyors. A significant number of our part-time lecturers are working in the industry – bringing current best practice to our real-world curriculum. And all of them want to share their vast expertise with you.

Our contact list reads like a who’s who in civil engineering. IPENZ, the New Zealand Contractors' Federation, the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and InfraTrain are all there. As are major companies like Opus, Downer, Fletcher Construction, Beca, Fulton Hogan, SKM, URS, Brian Perry Civil Ltd, Woods, Harrison Grierson, Higgins, Dempsey Wood, Morphum and Hiway Stabilizers. This means plenty of opportunities for you to meet representatives from top civil engineering companies during guest lectures or at employers’ nights. Which could mean holiday work, scholarships, internships, cadetships or a job once you graduate. It also means civil engineering courses that reflect the latest industry trends; legislation; and local, global and environmental issues. In other words, courses that will be relevant to your career, wherever it might take you. 

The companies listed here are just some of the organisations that offer great career opportunities for our civil engineering students. And with our NZDE (Civil) programme pending international accreditation and our BEngTech (Civil) programme now being recognised internationally through the Sydney Accord, your qualification could soon be used throughout the world.


Civil Engineering programmes

If you're just starting out:

Bridgepoint foundation education programmes can get you ready to apply for certificate, diploma or degree level study. Find out more about Bridgepoint programmes on offer.

If you’re interested in civil engineering:

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Last edited: 17 October 2013  

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