What is Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering deals with the design and construction of the built environment we live in. This includes roads, bridges, buildings, water and wastewater treatment facilities, dams, and  flood protection work. Civil Engineers have a significant impact on the quality of life and our environment.

Job prospects in civil engineering are good as there is currently demand for Civil Engineers in Manitoba and in other provinces. Our graduates usually find employment in their area of interest.

Civil engineering is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines, described briefly below

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering deals with the treatment of biological and chemical waste and waste water, the purification of water, the remediation of contaminated sites, and hazardous waste management. Environmental engineers are also commonly involved in environmental impact assessments required as part of major construction projects.

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering deals with the rock and soil that civil engineering systems are supported by. They design building foundations, retaining walls, bridge abutments, highway foundation, earth dams, and riverbank protection. Geotechnical engineers are also involved in environmental issues related to groundwater and waste disposal (geoenvironmental engineering).

Structural Engineering

Structural engineering deals with the design and structural analysis of buildings, bridges and other structures. They calculate load action on structures, and designing structures to successfully resist the load. Other considerations include durability and cost.

Transportation Engineering

Transportation engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure such as roads, highways, railway systems, airports, ports and mass transit. Urban transit planning, traffic engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and pavement engineering are part of this type of engineering.

Water Resources Engineering

Water resources engineering deals with the design and operation of hydraulic structures such as drainage and sewer infrastructure, and water distribution systems. Water resources engineering also involves hydrological analysis, often with the purpose of predicting the quality and quantity of water in lakes, rivers and streams, as well as resource management