Civil Engineering

Pūhanga Metarahi

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Civil engineers build cities and communities. They tackle 21st century challenges including sustainability, climate change, public health, resilience, and clean water.

Civil engineers are:

  • planners, designers, constructors, and operators of the built environment — the spaces where people live, and the infrastructure we depend on like buildings, bridges, transportation, drinking water and wastewater systems
  • kaitiaki (stewards of our natural environment)
  • innovators and integrators of ideas, people, and technology
  • managers of risk and uncertainty

Civil engineers work in interdisciplinary teams and with communities, including mana whenua, to create cutting-edge and creative approaches to solve complex and large-scale challenges.

Minors in Structural Engineering and Water and Environmental Systems Engineering

With the Structural Engineering minor, you will learn state-of-the-art approaches, and gain the expertise to work in Aotearoa and around the world in challenging and exciting large-scale structural engineering projects such as bridges, buildings, skyscrapers, dams, and towers.

A minor in Water and Environmental Systems Engineering focuses on solving the greatest challenges facing Aotearoa and the world: climate change, natural hazards, river and water quality, food production, population health, etc. Environmental systems engineers integrate our understanding of engineering, communities, and the environment in a way that is ethical and effective.

Contact us

Te Tari Pūhanga Metarahi, Rawa Taiao | Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Phone +64 3 369 3113

Level 4, Civil-Mechanical Engineering building – see campus maps

Postal address
Te Rāngai Pūkaha | College of Engineering
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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