Mataaro Metarahi

Overview | He whakamārama

Civil engineers design and oversee the building and maintenance of structural work that serve the needs of the public. We would not have the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Sky Tower, hospitals, roads, and sewerage systems without the expertise of civil engineers. This role allows you to specialise in several different fields. Some examples are environmental, structural, dam, ground stabilisation and geotechnical engineering.

The Work | Ngā mahi

As a civil engineer, you will:

  • Analyse and decide whether or not proposed development sites are suitable
  • Determine whether or not structures are suitable in certain locations, considering the environment, people and other natural forces.
  • Plan and design structures such as dams, buildings, roads and drainage systems
  • Supervise construction and projects to ensure work is done correctly
  • Manage and support structures to ensure they are reliable
  • Working Environment | Wāhi mahi

    In the ever-evolving energy sector, no two days are the same. The working conditions of a civil engineer depend on the projects going on across our generation schemes. A project could be on-site and in remote areas like dams and tunnels. Travel is a large part of the job for an energy sector civil engineer, as they can manage the various structures needed for energy generation.

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    Tools and Equipment | Taputapu

    Civil engineers wear gumboots, and use a shovel, tape measure and camera when they head out on-site. They also require a computer and different software.


    Most of the time you’ll catch a civil engineer wearing steel cap boots, a hard hat and a pair of bright orange overalls to keep themselves safe on the job. Office days call for office attire.

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