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Civil engineering - bridges

Civil engineering is one of the oldest types of engineering. It involves planning and building things like roads, railways, airports, harbours, bridges, tunnels and buildings. Civil engineers also make sure water is drinkable and sewage is treated.


The Great Wall of China, the Chunnel between England and France, and the Confederation Bridge connecting Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick were all built by civil engineers!

Civil engineers plan and build:

  • Highways, bridges and tunnels
  • Schools, hospitals, airports and other buildings
  • Sewage systems and water treatment facilities

In your community

Most First Nations communities have problems with their buildings. Aboriginal civil engineers can help solve this problem by using their planning and design skills.

Does your community need clean, safe drinking water, or maybe paved roads? How about homes, a high school, or a hospital? As a civil engineer you could study the needs of your community and come up with solutions. These solutions keep in mind the old and the new. 

If you like...

  • Problem solving
  • Being creative
  • Working with tools
  • Making models
  • Playing with Lego
  • Helping others

...you might like Civil Engineering!

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