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Construction Engineering

The mining and energy industries are full of engineering roles. As Australia increases the number of projects related to mining, oil and gas and energy, jobs in construction engineering are in more demand than ever.
Construction engineering is a combination of:
  • civil engineering
  • construction
  • construction management
It also incorporates structural, transportation and environmental engineering. The processes of construction engineering consist of designing, planning, executing and managing of the construction of buildings, utilities, bridges, highways, airports, port harbours, dams, irrigation systems and railroads.

The difference between civil engineers and construction engineers are that civil engineers are more focused on a professional designing career whereas construction engineers need further insight into human behaviour, finances and business procedures.

Duties of Engineering Construction Jobs

Construction engineers need a solid foundation in scientific and engineering aspects but also have practical management knowledge. Good communication skills are required due to interactions with various audiences in the construction process. The ability to understand community needs and expectations and being able to create practical solutions is imperative to meeting these engineering requirements.

Other duties performed by a construction engineer include:
  • Land surveying
  • Designing of structures
  • Cost estimation and budgeting
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Procurement
  • Material testing
  • Concreting designs
  • Quality assurance

Study Requirements

An individual wanting to become a construction engineer needs to finish their Year 12 Certificate of Education or equivalent and gain entry to a Bachelor of Engineering degree. While TAFE does not offer Bachelor level programs, some of the other courses on offer might be taken into consideration when applying to universities. It is important to note that a student should always check with the university they wish to study at as to what that particular university’s entry requirements are and how a person’s prior studies or work experience will be assessed.

For more information about Recognition of Prior Learning, visit the Training and Development section of the Careers and Industry Guide.

What can I do with a construction engineering qualification?

The MyFuture website (a joint initiative of Australian, state and territory governments) states that construction (civil) engineers may perform the following tasks:
  • investigate sites to work out the most suitable foundation for a proposed construction
  • research and advise on the best engineering solution to meet a client's needs and budget
  • produce detailed designs and documentation for the construction and implementation of civil engineering projects
  • organise the delivery of materials, plant machinery and equipment needed for the construction project and supervise labour
  • develop detailed programs for the coordination of site activities
  • talk to other engineers, architects, landscape architects and environmental scientists
  • assist government bodies in preparing yearly works programs within set budgets (e.g. for works on car parks, drainage, roads, aerodromes or sewerage)
  • prepare engineering calculations required for the design of projects and supervise the drafting of plans
  • operate computers to assist with the design of civil engineering projects
  • coordinate and direct research development and testing of materials, processes or systems related to civil engineering works
  • research, advise on and plan the control and minimisation of air, water and solid waste pollution, and the management of water resources
  • supervise the testing and commissioning of completed works
  • analyse and interpret reports on loading, labour, productivity, quality, materials and performance
  • analyse risks associated with natural disasters including wind, earthquake, fire and floods, and design structures and services to meet appropriate standards
  • arrange for geological and geophysical investigations and carry out feasibility studies

Conclusion

Jobs in construction engineering provide an exciting career filled with many opportunities to work both in a designing environment and within a managerial-type position. Construction jobs in Australia available to construction engineers are found throughout the resource industry including employers from oil companies, jobs in mining, and energy jobs.

Visit our Construction Sectors page for more information on all the sectors needed to support the resource industry.


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