What is a Civil Engineer?

Civil Engineers are responsible for the infrastructure that underpins many facets of modern life. Their job is to apply scientific, mathematical, and physics principles to provide solutions that enable infrastructure to be built, function, and be safe for users over a very long period of time. 

The role of a Civil Engineer also encompasses managing the growth of cities by designing systems that enable development to occur whilst minimising its impact on the environment. Any infrastructure that is required will need the input of a civil engineer at some point in the process. 

Civil Engineers can undertake many tasks related to bridges, roads, railways, dams, tunnels, ports, harbours, flood mitigation, sewerage, and water supply. The role is broad, but there are opportunities to specialise as well. 

The range of specialisations within civil engineering, include:

  • Construction and management
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Transport 
  • Water. 

Communities could not function without the expertise of Civil Engineers as part of the development process. Their input is critical for building the roads and bridges we drive home on; the protection of our houses from water; the removal of sewage from our bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries; and the buildings we work in every day. These are just some of the ways civil engineering make your life possible on a daily basis. 

The engineering team at Wilkinson Shaw & Associates has expertise in urban development and hydrology as well as water and sewerage supply. 

Get in touch with our team via office@wilkinsonshaw.com.au or call (07) 3555 9888 to discuss your project.

Please note that whilst every effort has been made to provide current and accurate information, Wilkinson Shaw & Associates does not guarantee that this blog is free from errors or omissions or is suitable for your intended use. Standards and requirements change frequently so every proposal should be thoroughly investigated.