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Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is a challenging and dynamic profession serving society to improve the quality of our life, the health of our social system, the continuity of our economy and business activities, and our competitive position in the international market place.

 

Pushed by the constant desire and challenges of both developed and developing societies to improve their standard of living and economic strength, there will always be a strong global demand for Civil Engineers to meet these challenges and responsibilities.

 

Civil Engineers are responsible for the planning, design, construction, and management of the built environment, more generally called the infrastructure. That is, "the system of public facilities which provide for the delivery of essential services and a sustained standard of living".1 This system is the nation's highways, bridges, railroads, airports, and mass transit systems. It is our sewage treatment plants, water supply systems, and reservoirs. It is our industrial plants and power producing plants. It is our waterways, coastal areas and ports. It is our homes, schools, and commercial complexes.

 

In addition, Civil Engineers are also responsible for the compatibility of the infrastructure with the natural environment: the ground, water and air. That means, for example, that they are responsible for the management and treatment of flood prediction and routing, urban runoff, air pollution from transport systems, surface and subsurface fate and remediation of contaminants, discharge into lakes and rivers, the management of coastal processes and the protection of sensitive wetlands and animal habitat.

 

 

careers

  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Water Supply
  • Architecture

Specializations

  • Structural Design
  • Geotechincal
  • Hydraulics
  • Environmental
  • Public Health

Facts

  • Students 430
  • Masters 51
  • PhD 52
  • Faculty 17
  • Awarded Degrees 219

 

Learn more about the Civil Engineering program by exploring the Department of Civil Engineering website.

 

Civil Engineering Major Map

Need help finding your way through Queen’s and beyond? Get major-specific advice on academics, extra-curriculars, networking, international opportunities and career development all in one place. This map provides suggestions - you don’t have to follow all the recommendations. Use it to plan ahead, and find your own way at Queen’s!

 

 

Career Opportunities

Some of the companies that have hired our grads in the past 10 years:

 

  • Abu Dhabi Ports Company
  • Accenture
  • Acklands-Grainger Inc
  • AECOM
  • AECOM Canada Ltd
  • Aecon
  • Agriculture Canada
  • Air Canada
  • Alberta Environment
  • Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Alberta Public Works Supply & Svcs
  • Alberta Transportation
  • Alcatel Networks (Asia) Ltd
  • AMEC
  • Angelo Iafrate Constr
  • APEM Engineering Ltd
  • Applied Environmental Science Ltd Co
  • Aqua Solutions
  • Atlantis Submarines International Inc
  • Atomic Energy of Canada
  • Baird & Associates
  • Barrick Energy
  • Barry Bryan Associates
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Ministry of Trans & Highways
  • Bell Canada
  • Bentall Capital
  • Blackwell Engineering Ltd
  • Blake Cassels and Graydon LLP
  • Boeing Technology Canada
  • Bombardier Transport
  • BP Canada Energy Company
  • Canadair
  • Canadian Forces
  • Canadian Home Builders Assoc
  • Canadian National Railways
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commision
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Canarail Consultants Ltd
  • Capital Works
  • Catalyst Paper
  • Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure Research
  • CH2M Hill
  • CIBC
  • City of Brantford
  • City of Brockville
  • City of Calgary
  • City of Doncaster & Templestowe
  • City of Guelph
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Missasauga
  • City of Mississauga
  • City of Nanticoke
  • City of Ottawa
  • City of Ottawa Carleton
  • City of Pembroke
  • City of Sault Ste Marie
  • City of Scarborough
  • City of Timmins
  • City of Toronto
  • City of Vancouver, Sustainability Group
  • City of Waterloo
  • City of Winnipeg
  • CN North America
  • ConeTec Investigations Ltd
  • ConocoPhillips Canada
  • Corp of the City of Brampton
  • Corp of the City of Kingston
  • Correctional Services of Canada
  • Cosburn Patterson Mather
  • Counterpoint Engineering
  • County of Brant
  • County of Northumberland
  • County of Oxford
  • County of San Bernardino
  • Cruickshank Construction Ltd
  • Defence Construction Canada
  • Delcan
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Dillion Consulting Ltd
  • Dofasco Inc
  • Domtar Inc
  • DuPont Canada Inc
  • EllisDon Construction
  • Enbridge Gas Distribution
  • EnCana Corp
  • Environment Canada
  • Ernst & Young
  • Essency Lavolin
  • Falconbridge Limited
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors of Canada Limited
  • Go Transit
  • Goldcorp Canada Ltd
  • Golder Associaes
  • Government of Alberta
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Manitoba
  • Government of NWT
  • Government of Ontario
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation
  • GWL Realty Advisors Inc
  • Haakon Industries Ltd
  • Haliburton Energy Services
  • Hatch Associates Ltd
  • Hatch Energy
  • Hatch Ltd
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Hatch Renewable Power
  • Hydro One
  • IBI Group
  • IBM
  • Imperial Oil
  • Inco Ltd
  • International Water Supply Ltd
  • J L Richards & Associates Ltd
  • J S Redpath Mining Consultants Ltd
  • Kimberly-Clark Ltd
  • Lafarge
  • Magna International
  • Metro Vancouver
  • Microsoft Canada
  • Ministry of Highways & Infrastructure
  • Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Ministry Of Research and Innovation
  • Ministry of Transporation Ontario
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Ministry of Transportation and Hwys
  • Ministry of Transportation Ontario
  • Ministry of Transportion
  • Nortel Networks
  • O'Connor & Associates
  • Ogilvy Renault LLP
  • Ontario Clean Water Agcy
  • Ontario Concrete Pipe Association
  • Ontario Construction Co Ltd
  • Ontario Energy Board
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Ontario Power Authority
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • PCL Constructors
  • Pfizer Canada
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Province of British Columbia
  • Province of PEI
  • Public Works Canada
  • Rand Engineering Corp
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Region of Durham
  • Region of Hamilton-Wentworth
  • Region of Waterloo
  • Regional District Okanagan-Simikameen
  • Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Regional Municipality of Halton
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara
  • Regional Municipality of Ottawa
  • Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton
  • Regional Municipality of York
  • R.J. Burnside & Associates
  • Seybold International Corp
  • Sisco Canada Limited
  • SNC Lavalin Inc
  • Spar Aerospace Ltd
  • St Lawrence Seaway Authority
  • Suncor Energy
  • Toronto Transit Commission
  • Town of Ajax
  • Town of Bracebridge
  • Town of Carleton Place
  • Town of Markham
  • Town of Milton
  • Town of Parry Sound
  • Town of Port Hope
  • Town of Southampton
  • Town of Whitby
  • Township of Ancaster
  • Transport Canada
  • Trow Associates
  • UMA Engrg Ltd
  • Union Gas