Career Opportunities

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Our creative culture, cutting-edge facilities and deep industry insights ensures studying with us will create an incredible range of rewarding career opportunities.  

  • Architecture and landscape architecture

    Employment opportunities for architects and landscape architects ranges from strong to very strong. 

    Graduates of our Architectural and Structural Engineering programs take up design positions in engineering consultancies and architectural design studios. Project management posts in construction companies and advisory roles in management consultancies.  

    Career opportunities include:  

    • Across the architecture, engineering and construction industry  
    • Implementing large scale major infrastructure and construction projects 
    • Designing ground breaking built environs across diverse industries (blast-proof defence sector buildings; sustainable housing systems; iconic major infrastructure)  
    • Career specialisations include: Structural Engineer; Architect; Architectural Engineer; Civil Engineer; Construction Manager; Management Consultant. 

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  • Civil engineering

    Civil Engineers design, construct, and maintain the built environment, including infrastructure such as buildings, roads, bridges, buildings, water systems, and other structures. They use their knowledge of materials science, mechanics, and hydrology to create safe and efficient infrastructure that meets the needs of society.  

    Graduates can work across a diverse range of engineering areas including: 

    • Structural Engineering: Designing and analysing the strength and stability of structures such as buildings, bridges, and towers. 
    • Transportation Engineering: Planning, designing, and managing transportation systems, including roads, highways, airports, and mass transit systems. 
    • Geotechnical Engineering: Studying the behaviour of soil and rock and designing foundations and slopes for structures. 
    • Water Resources Engineering: Planning and managing the use, development, and control of water resources, including the design of dams, canals, and water supply systems. 
    • Environmental Engineering: Designing and managing systems and facilities for the protection of air and water quality, and the treatment of waste. 
    • Construction Engineering: Planning, scheduling, and managing construction projects. 
    • Coastal Engineering: Planning and designing structures and systems to protect coastlines and beaches from erosion. 
    • Earthquake Engineering: Studying the behaviour of structures and soil during earthquakes, and designing structures to resist seismic forces. 
    • Materials Engineering: Studying the properties and behaviour of various materials used in construction and designing systems and structures that optimise their use. 

    Our programs offer general and specialist education across these fields giving an opportunity to try each discipline before entering the workforce with the flexibility to move between disciplines later.  

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  • Construction management

    Within construction management, possible job roles include: Building Consultant, Design and Construction Manager, Safety Inspector, Site Supervisor, Facilities Manager, Civil Engineering Associate, Construction Contract Administrator, Development Compliance Officer, Quantity Surveyor, Civil Estimator, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Commercial Manager, Construction Project Manager, Construction Supervisor. 

    Careers in construction management require a broad skill set drawn from communication, technical and time management skills. Graduates will be well placed to plan, oversee and manage large scale construction or infrastructure projects including:  

    • Managing the entire project delivery process to meet project objectives with regards to cost, schedule, quality, sustainability and functionality, etc. 
    • Coordinating various stakeholders such as engineers, architects and other professionals, as well as technical and trades workers  
    • Coordinating labour, equipment and plant resources, as well as overseeing and managing contracts for work  
    • Interpreting technical drawings and specifications, as well as designing and managing sustainable building practices 

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  • Environmental engineering

    The careers outlook for environmental engineers is very strong, as they take on a variety of roles in a wide range of industries including:  

    • Water and Energy Utilities and Engineering Consulting – designing and managing urban water systems and water supply; renewable energy systems; pollution remediation 
    • Government Agencies – developing water resources and energy policy; reducing the risk of heatwaves, bushfires and floods 
    • Mining and Resources Companies – reducing pollutions; designing sustainable solutions 
    • Financial, Insurance and Management Consultants – assisting transition to a carbon-neutral future; risk assessment; climate impact modelling 
    • Non-Government Organisations – alleviating poverty in developing countries 

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