Your degree in Civil Engineering

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 academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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 help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Civil Engineering Clubs and Chapters
Check out networking events and professional development opportunities organized by the Civil Club, ITE, CSCE, and ASCE.

UBC Concrete Canoe
Design, fabricate, and race a 20-foot long canoe made of concrete and participate in an annual competition.

UBC Steel Bridge
Apply your technical knowledge to a unique steel design challenge and make connections with industry members.

UBC Concrete Toboggan
Design, construct, and race a toboggan at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.

UBC Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Seismic Design Team
Apply complex theories of seismic design to a hands-on project and compete in the annual Seismic Design Competition.

UBC Third Quadrant Design
Develop your technical skills and work in a team to design high performance buildings and green infrastructure.

UBC BC Water & Waste Association, Student Chapter
Attend the annual conference to connect with industry professionals and learn about the latest in water developments.

The Canadian Geotechnical Society, UBC Student Chapter
Meet like-minded peers, attend lectures and workshops, and network with geotechnical professionals.

Common Energy UBC
Join a community of students dedicated to making real positive impacts at UBC to achieve a sustainable future.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Engineering Co-op
Gain work experience in civil engineering between study terms.

UBC Sustainability research opportunities
Participate in research and project-based roles to advance sustainability at UBC and in the region.

AMS Sustainability
Access resources and funding of up to $15,000 to support your sustainability-related initiative or project.

Ecocity World Summit
Join 1,000+ delegates worldwide at this biennial event to share knowledge on ecological and sustainable city designs.

Engineering job board
Check out engineering employment opportunities.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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