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Civil Engineering

What is Civil Engineering?

Civil Engineering concerns itself with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of a modern society and its environment. Civil engineers plan roads, bridges, and transportation networks for moving people and goods. They are also responsible for the design of foundations and superstructures of common structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels, wharves, as well as of unusual structures such as rocket installations, containment buildings for nuclear reactors, supports for radio telescopes, and frameworks for aircraft.

Civil Engineering

In addition, they are concerned with the engineering aspects of water resources; transportation facilities; planning metropolitan areas, and conducting and managing their public facilities. In dealing with environmental problems, civil engineers perform vital functions such as monitoring and controlling air, water, and soil quality, assessing the impact of technological changes on the environment, and developing innovative waste management technologies. Their work embodies human civilization and affects society's standard of living.


Why Choose Civil Engineering?

BCEE Department provides students with a blend of practical and theoretical instructions. The program is geared towards helping students establish themselves as professionals in their field of study.

Civil Engineering

Final year students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge by taking elective courses in the options:

  • Option A – Civil Infrastructure
  • Option B – Environmental
  • Option C – Construction Engineering & Management (CEM)

Career opportunities in Civil Engineering

The construction industry is a major driving force of our economy. The rejuvenation of our aging infrastructure is a national priority that demands large public funding and the contributions of civil engineers. Civil engineers apply their know-how to the restoration, construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, dams, transportation network as well as of the environment.

They find employment in private, institutional and industrial sectors as well as in all levels of governments; they may hold supervisory or administrative positions, from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer. They may carry titles such as consulting engineer, structural engineer, project engineer, transportation engineer, environmental engineer, geotechnical engineer, water resources engineer, construction manager, or cost engineer. Most work in design, construction, fabrication and inspection, while others in research, development and teaching.

Our graduates can be found at numerous companies and organizations in Montreal and elsewhere, including:

SNC-Lavalin Ministère des Transports du Quebec Hydro-Québec
Dessau-Soprin INSPEC-SOL Hatch
Halsall RWDI Yolles
Stantec Acres Environment Canada
Infrastructure Canada Public Works and Government Services Canada National Research Council Canada   
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Revay & Associates Tardif Murray & Associates
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