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Civil Engineering

The world needs competent and trained Civil Engineering professionals to address the increasing challenges in urban and rural facilities and infrastructure.

BE(Hons) courses in the Bay of Plenty: From 2019 we're bringing some BE(Hons) programmes to Tauranga. We're currently seeking accreditation to offer Civil Engineering.

Civil engineers design and construct the fundamental requirements of society, in key areas such as earthquake proofing, energy recovery, water/waste management, power generation, road networks, transport management, agriculture and forestry development.

As a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Waikato you will have the practical and theoretical skills to help create, improve and protect our built and natural environments.  You will be ready to meet the strong demand for your skills both in New Zealand and around the world.

You will gain the knowledge and expertise required to work as a professional civil engineer including skills in the following areas:

  • Construction Engineering
  • Structural Analysis
  • Geotechnics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Engineering
  • Mathematics, Computing and Modelling
  • Project Management
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Design
  • Transport Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering.

An important part of the Civil Engineering programme at the University of Waikato is supported work placements into relevant industries. This gives you the opportunity for paid work experience while exploring the field of Civil Engineering you could choose for your career, ie structural, water resources, transport, geotechnical or construction engineering.

You'll work on major research design projects, creating products with commercial applications, which are then showcased at our annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show.  Importantly, there is also a focus on developing well-honed communication skills that are such a vital part of the profession.

Facilities

Students can work in specialised laboratories including the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.

Build a successful career

Civil engineers work in many fields, including structures and infrastructures, dams, bridges, gas and water supply systems, sewerage systems, transportation systems and roads and construction sector. These crucial facilities provide people with a reliable, safe, sustainable and modern environment to live in.

 Career opportunities

  • Civil Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Water Engineer
  • Construction Engineer and Manager

Qualifications

Study Civil Engineering in any of these qualifications

Year 1

Students must take the following papers

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGEN103Engineering Computing18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as C# and Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers within the School of Engineering.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of engineering mechanics.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering18B (Hamilton)
Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
ENGEN170Engineering and Society18B (Hamilton)
Introduction to the role of engineering in society in particular understanding of Treaty of Waitangi, history of science, engineering and technology, philosophy and ethics and public participation, participatory design, sustainability.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering18A (Hamilton)
Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
ENGEN183Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A study of introductory statistics and the fundamental techniques of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as basic statistical notions and tools, with engineering applications.
ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.

Plus 15 points of electives from: Chosen from any 100 level CHEMY paper, EARTH102 or ENGEN111.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
ENGEN111Electricity and Electronics18A (Hamilton)
Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGCV212Structural Engineering 118A (Hamilton)
Analysis of statically determinant structual systems under axial, bending and torsional loads, including beam deflections, buckling of struts, shear in joints, couplings, trusses and frames; plus introduction to design of simple structural elements.
ENGCV223Water Engineering 118B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscocity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes and channels and intoduction to hydrology and fluvial processes.
ENGCV231Geotechnical Engineering 118A (Hamilton)
Basic principles and concepts governing the behaviour of soils and rocks, including phase relationships, permeability and seepage, soil strength, compressibility, slope stability analysis, consolidation and settlement.
ENGCV241Highways and Transportation18B (Hamilton)
Introduces the basic theories and design techniques used in highway and pavement engineering, and traffic engineering and transportation planning.
ENGCV251Construction 118A (Hamilton)
Engineering properties, performance and constraints of common construction materials including timber, steel, concrete polymers and composites. Materials selection and application to contruction methods.
ENGCV280Civil Design Challenge 118B (Hamilton)
Civil design principles are applied to an open-ended design challenge. Design standards and calculations for simple civil structures are introduced, along with engineering drawings, and construction and testing of simple structures.
ENGCV351Construction 218A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Construction processes and building technology including surveying, site preparation, earthworks, foundations, Building Information Modeling (BIM), risk assessment, site health and safety, construction project management, demolition and site remediation.
ENGCV380Civil Design Challenge 218B (Hamilton)
Engineering design principles applied to an advanced open-ended civil design challenge. Design standards, project finance, environmental consideration, health and safety and risk assesssment.
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 218B (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
ENGEN270Engineering Professional Practice 118A (Hamilton)
Preparation for success in the engineering workplace including CV preparation, interview techniques, job seeking skills, online profile, workplace and engineering business cultures and norms, ethics, communication and management structures.
ENGEN271Industry Placement 118C (Hamilton)
First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
ENGEV241Environmental Engineering 118B (Hamilton)
This paper covers skills, knowledge and capability for environmental engineers so they can understand, investigate and evaluate environmental engineering problems and solutions.
ENGG386Engineering Modelling18A (Hamilton)
Principles of engineering modelling and the application of software tools to solve real life engineering problems.

Year 3

Students must take the following papers:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENCV320Structural Engineering and Design 1This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV321Structural DynamicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV322Structural Engineering and Design 2This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV330Geomechanics 2This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV340Hydrology and Hydraulics DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV350Engineering Modelling and AnalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV381Transportation Engineering18B (Hamilton)
Theories and design techniques used in highway and pavement engineering; traffic engineering and transportation planning.
ENGCV312Structural Engineering 218A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Analysis of statically indeterminant structures, application of moment-area method, computer analysis of structures, design of structures in steel, wood, reinforced concrete and pre-stressed concrete.
ENGCV323Water Engineering 218A (Hamilton)
Application of fluid mechanics principles to water engineering applications such as design of pipe system networks, pump characteristics and selection, open channel flow, hydraulic jump, measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes.
ENGCV351Construction 218A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Construction processes and building technology including surveying, site preparation, earthworks, foundations, Building Information Modeling (BIM), risk assessment, site health and safety, construction project management, demolition and site remediation.
ENGCV380Civil Design Challenge 218B (Hamilton)
Engineering design principles applied to an advanced open-ended civil design challenge. Design standards, project finance, environmental consideration, health and safety and risk assesssment.
ENGEV342Sustainable Engineering18A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design within the context of quality standards, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGG372Engineering Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
The second Work Placement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
ENGG379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
Guided reflection on professional work placements in engineering.
ENGG386Engineering Modelling18A (Hamilton)
Principles of engineering modelling and the application of software tools to solve real life engineering problems.

Year 4

Students must take the following papers:

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENCV430Foundation EngineeringThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV480Management (Project and Teamwork)This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV490Research ProjectThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENCV495Design ProjectThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

Work placements are a major feature of the Civil Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.

Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience.  They are the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in industry every year.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.

Brian Perry Charitable Trust Undergraduate Scholarship in Science & Engineering

For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00

School of Engineering Postgraduate Study Scholarship

For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to study part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Engineering in either a masters degree 90 or 120 point thesis or the first year of a PhD degree.

Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00

Science and Engineering Masters Fees Awards

For students enrolling full-time in the first year MSc (research), MSc, MSc (Tech) ME or MEnvSci programme in the faculty of Engineering. Part-time applicants may be considered but any scholarship awarded will be on a pro-rata basis. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.

Closing Date: 2017-03-15 23:59:00

Contacts

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Phone: +64 7 838 4625 / 0800 438 254
Email: science@waikato.ac.nz
Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoScienceEngineering