Civil engineering specialising in structures
What's the focus of this major?
You'll learn all the key skills and competencies you need to become a professional civil engineer (as in the civil major), but will exchange some subjects to specialise in large, complex structures such as skyscrapers and large bridges. You will learn the advanced design and modelling techniques needed to erect and maintain structures like Centrepoint Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Sydney Opera House, and the traditional and advanced materials available for their construction.
You'll also gain advanced knowledge in the behaviour of structures under stresses such as extreme weather, earthquakes or explosions, and develop skills in assessing structural damage. This includes practical expertise in assessing and improving the safety of older structures which may be subject to loads and conditions they weren't originally designed to withstand.
This specialisation can't be taken with combined degrees.
Where will I work?
You can work in any of the areas open to all civil engineers, and are most likely to find opportunities as a structural engineer with:
- Major commercial developers
- Government agencies and their contractors
Engineering consultancies, particularly those which specialise in designing and building large structures or assessing existing structures.