Civil Engineering

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Program Description

Common Work Term Tasks

Environmental Engineering Option

Work Term Sequence


Program Description

 

Civil engineers apply science in planning, designing, constructing, operating, or managing airports, buildings, bridges, harbors, highways, flood control structures, transit systems, water supply and distribution systems, waste collection and storm drainage, and other public works. Today, civil engineers are asked to meet the challenges of pollution, deteriorating urban infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, urban development, and community planning.

Civil engineering offers an unlimited range of career opportunities to satisfy individual interests, aptitudes, and goals. Civil engineers can specialize in one field or a combination of many technical specialties. They can direct their efforts into planning, design, construction, research, teaching, sales, or management.

The University of Alberta curriculum provides the preparation required for a career in civil engineering. All students take a core program that provides the basis for professional practice in the Civil Engineering disciplines of construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, surveying, transportation, and water resources. Students then select elective courses in the fourth year to permit some specialization in these disciplines.


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Common Work Term Tasks

 

On their work terms, Civil Engineering students can contribute to / perform the following:

 

  • Materials testing
  • Surveying
  • Project coordination
  • Structural design/analysis
  • Commissioning
  • AutoCAD
  • Contract administration
  • Project reporting and scheduling
  • Updating catalogues and drawings
  • Slope stability studies
  • Contractor liaison
  • Field inspections
  • Project estimating and tendering
  • Site grading
  • Spreadsheet/database applications

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Environmental Engineering Option

 

This option will prepare students to work as environmental engineers, civil engineers or at the cross roads of both disciplines. Environmental Engineering Option courses in the Civil Engineering Program cover topics such as drinking water supply, environmental systems modelling, water and wastewater treatment, contaminated soil and groundwater remediation, air quality engineering, and exposure and risk assessment. These courses apply principles of chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, mathematics, civil engineering, and chemical engineering to provide a solid foundation in environmental engineering. This option will better prepare students to work in areas of safe drinking water provision, water pollution control, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management and treatment disposal and recycling, soil and groundwater remediation, air quality assessment, and air pollution control in industrial and municipal environments.

 

In addition to the tasks listed under Civil Engineering above, co-op students specializing in the Environmental Engineering Option can contribute to / perform the following tasks:

 

  • Environmental impact studies
  • Reclamation/remediation site
  • Assessment and inspection
  • Field sampling and lab testing
  • Field measurements
  • Surveying
  • AutoCAD
  • Proposal and report writing
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Project coordination
  • Water quality studies and Optimization
  • Wastewater and effluent studies
  • Regulatory compliance reviews
  • Tailings disposal planning
  • Leak detection

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Work Term Sequence

All co-op students studying civil engineering follow the same work term sequence.

Students: Please refer to the University of Alberta Course Calendar for program sequence details.

 

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Last update: September 14, 2017