Building a better tomorrow
Do you want to build bridges, buildings, and roads? Or perhaps figure out ways of how to better protect the environment by designing environmentally-friendly structures? If so, then civil engineering may be the path for you!
The expertise of a civil engineer - whether in the designing, planning or managing phase of the project--is required for almost all structures, both large and small!
UNB Civil Engineering offers you a comprehensive program through a variety of courses, labs, and extracurricular activities. We also offer a Co-op option so you can gain valuable work experience as you complete your degree.
Help solve the World’s problems
As a civil engineer, you will find yourself in a variety of industries including: government (e.g. Department of Transportation), consultation, and law firms.
You will also be tasked to help solve many of the planet's growing challenges: increasing population, infrastructure that is deteriorating, preparing for the possibility of natural disasters, and updating of transportation systems to meet growing needs.
Get the skills and education needed at UNB to begin your career as a civil engineer!
"Construction Engineering deals with planning, managing, and optimizing the construction of roads, buildings, etc." says Dr. Lloyd Waugh. "This can include anything from planning material delivery at a job site, to managing the IT aspects of the project, to selecting the appropriate construction equipment."
Water & Environmental
Water and Environmental Engineering integrates a range of interests from the microbiology of wastewater treatment to the mathematics of hydraulic systems analysis. For example, engineers in this field, Dr. Katy Haralampides, Dr. Bruce Wilson, Dr. Kripa Singh, and Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie, work on supplying safe drinking water systems, the design of environmental protection works such as wastewater treatment plants, and related environmental industries.
No structure is stable without an adequate foundation, and the design of this interface between structure and earth is one of the many tasks of the Geotechnical Engineer. According to Dr. Brian Cooke, and Dr. Arun Valsangkar, Geotechnical Engineers also deal with the largest structures in the world, such as earth-filled dams and embankments. Foundations are also an integral part of other structures constructed with steel or concrete.
"Understanding the properties and behaviour of materials used for construction is essential if we are to build civil engineering structures that will survive into the next century" explains Dr. Michael Thomas, Materials Engineering professor.
One such example is the Confederation Bridge. "It is designed to last at least 100 years in the harsh conditions of the Northumberland Strait and was built using the latest advances in concrete technology. Also, today's engineers must be capable of designing and using materials that are friendly to the environment in that they require low energy costs for production, have a high durability but low maintenance, and contain a large proportion of recycled and recyclable materials."
"Structural engineers make sure that buildings and bridges are strong enough so that they don't fall down" explains Dr. Peter Bischoff. "Gravity is our biggest enemy and every structural action can be reduced down to a simple push-pull action which needs to be resisted by the materials being used in the structure.” Earthquakes, wind and snow are other loads that need to be resisted by materials used to build the structure.
Dr. Xiomara Sanchez also highlights the importance of sub-disciplines within Transportation Engineering. "Transportation Engineering also includes the diverse field of Pavement Engineering, which deals with the design, construction and management of the pavement assets. The challenge nowadays is to preserve our infrastructure and use sustainable practices for this purpose."
How they fit together
These disciplines, taken collectively, represent virtually all facets of a construction project. Knowledge of the concepts associated with these disciplines gives civil graduates an edge, whether they aid in bringing water to drought-striken communities across the world, or design a new office complex.