Disciplines and Careers in Civil + Mineral Engineering
All buildings, from homes to high-rises; all bridges from expressway overpasses to kilometre-long suspension bridges; all structures from space platforms to amusement park rides are built with the help of structural engineers. They make sure that structures are designed to carry the required loads and that they are safe for users. As a structural engineer, you will utilize your knowledge of materials such as concrete, steel, wood, plastic, and other new materials to design and build functional and safe facilities. As a structural engineer, you would often work on site, verifying that plans are being followed and inspecting completed projects.
All airports, highways, rail and navigation systems providing transportation from local to global scales are designed by transportation engineers. In addition, these types of engineers analyze the current traffic flow and design new transportation routes accordingly. By finding ways of moving people and goods safely and efficiently, transportation engineers become very important to the quality of the urban environment. As a transportation engineer, you will design, build and maintain all types of transportation structures such as highways, railroads, airfields and shipping ports. In addition, urban planning requires the expertise of transportation engineers to ensure that sustainable and efficient urban living is achieved.
Hydraulic structures such as dams, spillways, locks and canals, as well as tunnels and building foundations are designed by geotechnical engineers. This work requires extensive knowledge of soil and water properties in order to design and build structures that are directly in contact with earth materials. As a geotechnical engineer you would be an expert in groundwater behaviour, soil mechanics as well as be familiar with many types of laboratory and field tests to be able to acquire the data needed to design safe and dependable geotechnical structures.
Water pollution control, treatment systems, groundwater and surface water remediation as well as waste management systems are all jobs for Environmental Engineers. These types of engineers are crucial for the present and future well being of the planet. As an environmental engineer you will be involved in projects that help remove contaminants from the ground, provide safe drinking water, treat wastewater or eliminate pollutants from the air.
Construction management, optimization, engineering policy, human resources and building design all fall under the broad discipline of building engineering. Building Engineers work in virtually every aspect of Civil Engineering projects, from the concept, through to the design, construction and maintenance of structures, systems, and infrastructure for our built world.
Subsurface spaces for shopping, living, and working, subways and underground rail, tunnels and subsurface highways, hydroelectric projects, dams and reservoirs are just a few of the places that Mineral Engineers help design, build and maintain. Mineral Engineers work for consulting companies, utility providers, transportation companies, in government, and for organizations around the world.
Computer Mining Engineers
Computer Mining Engineers use satellite geophysics and advanced GPS technolgy to help design new techniques in “tele-mining”, and help develop digital computer modeling techniques by which to map underground ore deposits. These engineers help people extract resources with minimal environmental disruption and economic cost.
Mining Environmental Consultants
Engineers in this discipline design and develop technically and economically feasible solutions to environmental problems in the mining sector. They work in environmental awareness, protection and reclamation. A career in this field involves the protection of land and local wildlife from any potential impact of mining activities, design and development of new ways to reclaim land, such as seedling growth and “regreening,” and the development of ways to better dispose of mine waste.
Mine and Business Management
Toronto is the world capital of Mining Business, and as a result, the Civil and Lassonde Mineral Engineering Programs at the University of Toronto have unparalleled access to the leaders of Mineral Management. Graduates who go on to work in management work for leading companies in mining, the financial sector, environmental groups, consultants, the educational sector, governments, in energy, oil and gas , and research centres all around the world!
A degree in Civil or Mineral Engineering is excellent preparation for further studies at the graduate level. Students choose to continue their studies in our Masters or PhD programs in a great number of research areas, pursue MBA or other degrees, and have the ability to pursue education at any school in the world.