Civil engineers are increasingly working to achieve safe and sustainable development in a cost-effective, environmentally protective and socially responsible manner. They use engineering principles to improve the natural and built environment, and contribute to the protection and rehabilitation of the environment, water conservation, environmental biotechnology, materials, and infrastructure development.
Carrying out a civil engineering project involves solving technical problems that require cooperation between professionals from many different disciplines. From conceptual design to forensic study of failed performance, civil engineers need the mathematical, scientific, and computational tools to solve the problems associated with developing and maintaining a civilized community. The core theme of “sustainability” is central to the current and future civil engineering profession.
The BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering is a four-year, full-time honors course of study that can be chosen within the Common Engineering Entry Pathway. This honors degree course is at NQAI level 8 and has been designed to produce graduates who can successfully operate as civil engineers in the future Irish and global engineering and construction industry. The general context of the course is the key theme of “sustainability”. Graduates will be aware of the vital influence that civil engineers will increasingly have in the achievement of various sustainability goals at national, European and international level. The course is accredited by Engineers Ireland, meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.
The course is designed in a modular format to facilitate integration with other engineering courses and built environments. It will be offered in the full-time mode, but the modular structure enhances flexibility in the methods by which the course can be taught and taken. The full-time course lasts four years and is divided into two semesters each year. An integral part of the course is a six-month industrial placement in which students gain industry experience relevant to their study program. Students intern with construction and civil engineering contractors, engineering design offices, and specialty contractors. Students develop relevant workplace skills and gain an appreciation of business and industry practice.
In the third year, students do industrial internships for up to six months. This gives students an idea of what professional practice consists of, how the industry operates, and how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice. It also creates industrial links between WIT and the engineering industry in Ireland and abroad.