Civil Engineering


Civil engineers plan, design, supervise construction, manage, and maintain facilities that are familiar to most people. They are involved with infrastructure and environmental projects such as bridges, dams, highways, water and wastewater treatment plants, airports, and flood control systems. Civil engineers increasingly use new technologies such as Geographical Information/Positioning Systems, advanced materials, remote sensing and monitoring in their projects.

What are the typical courses?
Students have a common first year of engineering before entering Civil Engineering. Once in the program, typical courses include engineering materials, fluid mechanics, structural design, infrastructure engineering and construction management, finite element methods, application of geographical information systems, economics, transportation planning, environmental analysis and design, hydrology, technology and society, and geotechnical analysis and design.

What choices do I have in Civil Engineering?
Students may choose to specialize by pursuing an environmental engineering option. You may also choose four technical electives, including topics such as watershed processes, hazardous waste, transportation systems, engineering management and the environment, environmental systems, geotechnical engineering, or structural dynamics.

Is there a practical or work experience component?
The Civil Engineering program integrates design into many courses. Electives strongly focus on design. An optional co-op education program is available to incorporate valuable work experience into the program. The co-op program involves the addition of three to four work terms, totaling twelve to sixteen months of paid work experience.

What is the advantage of studying Civil Engineering over other areas like environmental science?
In addition to basic sciences, the Civil Engineering program provides course work in design and implementation, and focuses on practical applications. Civil engineers not only assess, test and analyze to determine environmental problems; they also plan, design and build physical solutions. The impact of their work and the benefits to society are visible worldwide. In addition, Civil Engineering is a recognized professional program, and graduates therefore tend to make more money upon graduation.

What types of jobs do civil engineers do?
Civil engineers work for consultants, government agencies, construction firms, and oil and gas companies, among others. There are opportunities for international development and community work, and civil engineers find long‑term employment in stable industries at the forefront of innovative applications of advanced technology.

Why should I take Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba?
The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board has fully accredited the program, and this accreditation is recognized as equivalent in seven countries outside Canada. The U of M is the home of the National Centre of Excellence on Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS Canada). Students have access to computer labs and well-equipped facilities such as the Hydraulics Research and Testing Laboratory. Students participate, and perform well in several technical society competitions, and have been successful in national scholarship and other competitions.

How do I get in?
Students with good academic standing are accepted from University 1, or following the first year of direct entry into the Price Faculty of Engineering. More details on entry requirements can be found in the University of Manitoba General Calendar.