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

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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

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Career opportunities

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

Study in Tauranga

Year 1 of the BE(Hons) in Civil Engineering can be completed in Tauranga. Years 2 and 3 of the degree need to be completed in Hamilton. Year 4 will be taught in Tauranga from 2023.


Year 1

Students must take the following papers: ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN110, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

Year 2

Students must take the following papers: ENGCV212, ENGCV223, ENGCV231, ENGCV241, ENGCV251, ENGCV280, ENGEN201, ENGEN270 and ENGEN271.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

Year 3

Students must take the following papers: ENGCV312, ENGCV323, ENGCV331, ENGCV351, ENGCV380, ENGEN301, ENGEN370, ENGEN371 and ENGEV341.

If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

Year 4

Students must take the following papers: ENGCV580, ENGEN570 and ENGEN581.

Plus 45 points of electives from: ENGCV512, ENGCV513, ENGCV523, ENGCV531, ENGCV541, ENGCV551, ENGEN583, ENGEV541, ENGEV542 or ENGME540, of which at least 30 points must be from 500 level ENGCV coded papers.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENGEN101Engineering Mathematics 1A15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
ENGEN102Engineering Mathematics 1B15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
ENGEN103Engineering Computing15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
ENGEN110Engineering Mechanics15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Application of freebody diagrams and equations of equilibrium to calculate internal and external forces and moments on/in structures and mechanisms. Kinetics and kinematics of particles. Geometric properties of areas.
ENGEN111Electricity for Engineers15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21X (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.
ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
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 Society15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.
ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENGCV212Structural Engineering 115.021A (Hamilton)
Analysis of skeletal structural members, supports and connections subject to single and combined loading. Calculation of displacements (translations or rotations) and stresses both normal (direct) and shear stresses, in bars, beams and shafts and bearing stress. Use of Mohr's circle for stress transformation and its use in failure ...
ENGCV223Water Engineering 115.021B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscosity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes and channels and introduction to hydrology.
ENGCV231Geotechnical Engineering 115.021A (Hamilton)
This paper covers basic concepts and principles governing the mechanical behaviour of soils, rocks and slopes, including the effective stress concept, shear strength of soils, and stability concepts. Field and laboratory work provide opportunity to learn practical skills and apply the knowledge gained.
ENGCV241Highways and Surveying15.021B (Hamilton)
Introduces the principles and techniques of land surveying and the basic theories and design techniques in highway and pavement engineering.
ENGCV251Construction 115.021A (Hamilton)
An understanding of the properties, limitations, and selection of materials used in civil engineering construction is fundamental for a practising civil engineer. Hence, this paper covers in more detail the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of common civil materials such as concrete, timber, steel, polymers, and composi...
ENGCV280Civil Design Challenge 115.021B (Hamilton)
Civil design principles are applied to an open-ended design challenge. Design standards and calculations for timber structures are introduced, along with engineering drawings, construction and testing of structures.
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 215.021A (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.
ENGEN270Engineering and Business15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...
ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 10.021X (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.
ENGEN272Engineering Work Placement 130.021X (Hamilton)
First work placement for the DipEPP 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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENGCV312Structural Engineering 215.021A (Hamilton)
Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures including cables, arches, trusses and portal frames. Calculating load paths and influence line diagrams. Structural analysis methods including energy, displacement, force, and stiffness. Introduction to plastic theory and assumed mechanisms.
ENGCV323Water Engineering 215.021A (Hamilton)
Application of hydraulics and hydrology in water engineering such as design of water distribution systems, fundamentals of flow in open channels, design of hydraulic structures, fundamentals of surface water hydrology, rainfall-runoff models, analysis and modelling of hydrological processes, fundamentals of groundwater hydrology, d...
ENGCV331Geotechnical Engineering 215.021B (Hamilton)
Advanced course in geotechnical engineering including analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, and retaining structures under a variety of conditions, includes a project based learning activity that reinforces threshold concepts and theory.
ENGCV351Construction 215.021B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students learn how to carry out structural analysis and design of steel and reinforced concrete structures. Lectures will furnish the theoretical background needed to analyse and design typical structural systems. Examples of design compliant to AS/NZS codes will be reviewed and discussed in class. The students will ...
ENGCV380Civil Design Challenge 215.021B (Hamilton)
In this paper, the students are tasked with the completion of an open-ended Civil Engineering project. Lectures will discuss different aspects of the design process, starting from advanced surveying and project briefs, constructability, risk quantification and management. All these aspects will be embedded in a group project activi...
ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 315.021A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
ENGEN370Engineering and the Environment15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper covers sustainability in engineering design and renewable energy generation through the critical lens of environmental impact assessment, risk and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and development, material and energy flow analysis, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 20.021X (Hamilton)
Second 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 third year.
ENGEN372Engineering Work Placement 230.021X (Hamilton)
Second work placement for the DipEPP 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.
ENGEN390Special Topics in Engineering 115.021X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN391Special Topics in Engineering 215.021X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEV341Environmental Engineering 215.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design, operation and management of unit processes used in environmental engineering including air, water, wastewater, storm water, waste, soils and noise treatment and control systems.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENGCV506Civil Engineering Systems Analysis30.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the essentials for Civil Engineering Analysis.
ENGCV512Advanced Structural Analysis and Design15.021A (Hamilton)
Introduction to nonlinear methods of structural analysis including structural stability and structural dynamics. The paper will also cover the analysis and design of historical structures.
ENGCV513Earthquake Engineering and Design15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design of civil engineering structures to withstand seismic events, including geology and geotechnical considerations, influence of foundations and soil structure interaction, structural typology for single and multi-level systems.
ENGCV523Advanced Hydrology and Marine Engineering15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper covers hydrologic and hydraulic modelling for civil engineering projects, including methodologies of hydrological data analysis, rainfall -runoff modelling, hydrologic and hydraulic flood routing, flood plain analysis and planning, and marine engineering.
ENGCV551Transportation and Advanced Surveying15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper provides necessary knowledge of acquisition, management, manipulation and analysis of data in civil engineering. Specific applications include advanced surveying, traffic engineering and transport planning.
ENGCV580Civil Design Challenge 330.021D (Hamilton)
Engineering design principles applied to a complex civil design challenge. Detailed considerations in the project to include using design standards, materials selection, life cycle costs, environmental impact, health and safety and risk assesssment.
ENGEN508Master's Capstone Project60.021X (Hamilton)
This paper requires students to carry out a theoretical or empirical investigation in a relevant subject/engineering discipline and write a report on the findings of the investigation.
ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession15.021D (Hamilton)
The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.
ENGEN581Honours Research Project30.021D (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
Final year honours research project carried out on a topic assigned and supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN583Special Topics in Engineering 315.021X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN584Special Topics in Engineering 415.021X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN585Special Topics in Engineering 515.021X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN586Special Topics in Engineering 615.021X (Hamilton)
An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
ENGEN587Directed Study 130.021X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGEN588Directed Study 230.021X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENGEV541Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering15.021A (Hamilton)
This course covers advanced aspects of design and operation of unit processes in water and waste water treatment, and process modelling and simulation tools such as Sumo19 and Superpro Designer.
ENGEV542Waste Minimisation Engineering15.021A (Hamilton)
Design of processes for the handling, recycling, reuse, treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial solid wastes including treatment plant sludges, assessment and modeling of gaseous emissions, odour, particulates, and air pollution control systems.
ENGME540Finite Element Analysis15.021A (Hamilton)
Theory of finite elements analysis using variational methods. Numerical modelling for finding the stresses and displacements of bars, beams and plates, and the temperature distribution of 1D heat transfer. Matlab code development assignment for simpler problems and assignments using commercial software to solve more complicated pro...

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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  Work-Integrated Learning team actively seeks and oversees your work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and supporting you throughout your work experience.

By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take with you as you start your career.


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