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Gain the skills and knowledge to enter the diverse and rewarding field of environmental engineering.
This program offers the chance to specialise in civil, groundwater or chemical engineering. Land contamination, hydrogeology, wastewater treatment, and sustainable cities and infrastructure are strong focus areas.
As an environmental engineering student, you’ll learn engineering concepts and technical skills in order to:
- preserve the environment
- minimise water, soil and air pollution
- assess the environmental impact of engineering projects
- develop remediation measures for environmental degradation
- deliver sustainable solutions through engineering processes
Elective subjects such as the China Environmental Challenges Study Tour or the Sustainable Cities for the Future France Study Tour will provide you with the opportunity to gain a global perspective of the environment.
You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to be able to:
- improve water quality and conserve water resources
- develop cleaner process and production technologies for a range of industries
- undertake rehabilitation of contaminated land and groundwater
- design systems to manage waste
- prepare environmental impact studies
You’ll also have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design and build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.
Why study environmental engineering at RMIT?
Studying environmental engineering at RMIT offers the following benefits:
- Prepare yourself for employment
With at least 12 weeks of industry placements undertaken locally or internationally, you’ll be work-ready when you graduate. There are also opportunities to tackle research projects in partnership with industry, like the Engineers Without Borders Challenge Scholarship.
- Gain an international perspective
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the environment from a global perspective through elective subjects such as the China Environmental Challenges Study Tour or the Sustainable Cities for the Future France Study Tour.
- A globally accredited qualification
As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia, and your qualification will be recognised by all 18 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, the Washington Accord. These include the USA, UK, China, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
In this program, learning activities are integrated with industry projects and site visits to Queenscliff for the observation of geo-marine environments, the Western Water Treatment Plant to observe water treatment and recycling, and Studley Park for geological site investigations.
Laboratory-based activities cover mini research projects. You'll develop innovative solutions for waste products, such as generating bio-gas from waste water treatment plants, and using natural adsorbents in water treatment.
In the final year of your studies you'll undertake a major project that is either industry-based or simulates an industrial situation. Combining and further developing the key theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for your field - as defined by Engineers Australia - you’ll work with industry leaders to solve a project challenge.
Before graduating from this program, you are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum 12 weeks of engineering industry experience. This allows you to gain first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment under the supervision of a practising professional engineer. The nature and timing of this engineering experience can take a range of forms.
Opportunities exist for an overseas work placement of between six and 12 months (this satisfies the work experience requirement). These placements are normally taken during a one-year break in the middle or at the end of the third year of the degree.
As an RMIT engineering student, you’ll have opportunities to engage with industry from the beginning of your degree.
Through work placements, industry projects, internships, seminars and events, you’ll be in contact with industry every step of the way.
You’ll have the chance to do 12 weeks’ work experience, research projects in collaboration with industry and the opportunity to work overseas with leading organisations.
Environmental engineering offers you diverse career options. You’ll have a real opportunity to make a significant difference to the world by introducing sustainable practices to preserve the environment, remediating environmental disasters, and preparing the community for adverse effects of climate change.
You'll find employment opportunities in:
- environmental consultancies
- government departments and regulatory bodies
- private businesses
- contaminated land industries
- water treatmentenvironmental remediation
Graduates have gone on to work at a range of organisations including EPA Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Full membership as a professional engineer may be obtained after an appropriate period of professional practice.
Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers. The qualification of graduates from this degree is recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord.
RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one, and as an engineering student you’ll have a range of global opportunities.
RMIT environmental engineering students also have the option to undertake a study tours such as the Sustainable cities of the future – France study tour or the China environmental challenges study tour.
Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States, the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements of between six and 12 months.
There are also opportunities to study abroad through Education Abroad.
Program and course information
Design systems to make a significant difference in the world
Apply engineering concepts and technical skills while specialising in civil, groundwater, or chemical engineering. With industry experience and major projects, you'll graduate work-ready.