Civil Engineering

Dalhousie Civil Engineering students study the planning, design, construction, management and maintenance of infrastructure support systems for all scales of communities. Specializing in Infrastructure and Materials or Earth and Environmental, Civil Engineering students develop the diverse technical skills needed to proactively address the needs of society.

Student skills

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Structural design and drafting
  • Computer design, simulation and instrumentation
  • Construction planning, supervision and inspection
  • Waste water treatment
  • Steel, concrete, masonry and timber design

Industries

  • Government
  • Military
  • Public services
  • Construction
  • Research and development

Past roles

  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Construction site assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Field engineer
  • Project assistant
  • Structural engineer
  • Construction inspector

Past employers

  • Halifax Water Commission
  • Shaw Group Limited
  • Dexter Construction
  • Stantec
  • Department of National Defence
  • Public Works & Government Services

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
3rd year Study Study Work term 1
4th year Work term 2 Off/work Work term 3
5th year Study Study Graduation

Coursework

Courses completed prior to work term 1, 2 & 3

  • Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Engi. Math 1 & 2
  • Engi. Design 1& 2
  • Physics & Engi. Statics
  • Computer Programming
  • Chemistry 2
  • Materials Mechanics
  • Physics 2
  • Linear Algebra
  • Biology for Engi.
  • Vector Calculus
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Thermo-Fluid Engi. 1 & 2
  • History of Engi. 1 & 2
  • Differential Equations
  • Mechanics 2: Dynamics
  • Geology for Engi.
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Structural Systems 1: Form & Analyses
  • Mechanics of Structural Materials & Components
  • Construction Materials & Methods
  • Surveying and Geomatics
  • Transportation Engi.
  • Engi. Hydrology
  • Water Quality & Treatment
  • Structural Systems 2: Loads & Behaviour
  • Computations and Systems Modelling
  • Engi. Economics

Additional courses completed prior to graduation

  • Senior Project 1 & 2
  • Geotechnical Engi.
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Engi. in Society 1 & 2
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Technical Elective 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
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Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 17.74
Weekly $ 733.00

Department

Faculty of Engineering: Civil Engineering website.