Your degree in Civil Engineering

Skills you'll develop

While studying Civil Engineering, you're learning to design and build complex infrastructures such as transportation systems, water supply networks, and energy systems. You’ll develop important skills to create reliable structures and sustainable communities. 

These skills may include:

  • Analysis, design, and assessment of physical structures such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, and their foundations
  • Development of construction plans and schedules that meet specific building codes and regulations
  • Conducting feasibility tests, capacity assessments, and environmental impact studies to determine project requirements and identify potential technical risks and public safety issues
  • Carrying out geotechnical investigations relating to slope stability, preferential flow, liquefaction, settlement, seepage and deformation, etc.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams to plan, design, and construct municipal water, stormwater, and wastewater systems and facilities
  • Technical skills to perform air, water, and soil quality audits, and analyze topographic, soil, and hydrological field data
  • Usage of a wide range of computational tools and software including S-Frame, MATLAB, Excel VBA, Python, CAD, and EPANET

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including construction management, urban and regional planning, transportation and planning, water supply, geotechnical engineering, waste management, mapping and surveying, environmental protection and rehabilitation, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Airport engineer
  • Bridge engineer
  • Civil engineering technician
  • Civil engineer
  • Commercial construction manager
  • Construction project engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Foundation engineer
  • General contractor
  • Geodetic engineer
  • Geomatics engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Highway engineer
  • Hydrotechnical engineer
  • Infrastructure planning engineer
  • Irrigation and drainage engineer
  • Land drainage engineer
  • Mass transit services analyst
  • Materials and testing engineer
  • Municipal engineer
  • Pavement engineer
  • Pipeline construction manager
  • Professor or Lecturer
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Reclamation and remediation project specialist
  • Regional planner
  • Safety engineer
  • Soil engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Surveying engineer
  • Traffic operations engineer
  • Transportation planning engineer
  • Urban planner
  • Water management engineer
  • Water resources engineer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

    Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

    Find UBC Civil Engineering graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

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