Civil and Construction

Civil Engineering is a broad discipline and civil engineers are involved in the development of the main infrastructure needed for society. It includes the assessment, planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructural works such as road and rail systems, bridges and tunnels, docks, harbours, sea defences, airports, dams and reservoirs, water supply systems, pollution control systems, mines, and structures associated with energy supply.

Environmental Engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the environment. Civil and Environmental Engineers work to provide healthy water, air and land for habitation by humans and other organisms and to remediate polluted sites. Professionals and practitioners of both Engineering and Environmental Science consolidate their efforts to tackle the present environmental issues such as waste disposal and water quality as well as planning for global issues such as climate change.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering course at IT, Tralee will give you the opportunity to study subjects of growing importance to engineering in Ireland and abroad, including modules on environmental engineering (water resources, waste management and coastal protection) and infrastructural development (transport, roads and structures). There is a careful balance throughout the programme between theory and practical skills with an emphasis on the development of competency in team working and professional practice. Graduates should be creative problem solvers who can help to shape the future.

A 12 week work placement is a central feature of the programme in Year 3. It’s while on placement that you really see the value of your academic learning in a real-life working, environment. Your placement lays the foundations of your career path and significantly boosts your employability at the end of the course. Students have the option to graduate after year three with a level 7 qualification.

State-of-the-art computer laboratories provide a wide range of civil and environmental engineering software and online library access to standards, regulations and legislation. The Institute has excellent engineering laboratories for the testing of structures, soils, fluids and materials. Graduates of this programme find career opportunities all over the world. There are no specific subject requirements for entry to this course, however, an interest in maths and problem-solving would be beneficial.

The course provides a broad range of marketable skills such as site surveying, engineering design and detailing (3D CAD), design office and site administration, laboratory testing, project management and health & safety.

Civil and Environmental Engineering technicians are employed, both in Ireland and abroad by contractors, subcontractors, consultants, state and semi-state bodies, Local Authorities and suppliers of civil engineering products and equipment. Graduates may opt to continue their education to honours degree and post-graduate level.


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