The course offered leads to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and it takes a minimum of four years to complete. In the first year, students attend common lectures with students from the other engineering departments. In the subsequent three years students learn all aspects of civil engineering. However, in the final semester (second semester of fourth year) students choose and study any three fields of civil engineering in greater depth.
Being several professions under one name, the students in Civil Engineering learn the basic skills of Surveying, Water & Waste-water Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation, Pavement & Highway Engineering, Structural Engineering, Steel & Concrete Structures and Engineering Management.
These broad-based course subjects are taught on an ascending level and are examined on a semester basis. Students are required to satisfy all requirements before proceeding onto the next semester.
Students seeking admission into civil engineering should make their applications in the following modes:
Grade 12 school leavers should enter civil engineering as their choice on the School-Leaver Form and submit the form to their Guidance Officer in their school. It is a requirement that all school leavers must sit for STAT-P Test to be eligible to apply for Bachelor Degree course in Civil Engneering at PNG University of Technology.
Non school-leavers should write and obtain an Application for Admission Form from the Admissions Officer. The application form should be completed and submitted together with documented evidence of qualifications attained and academic recommendations and other requested references.
All applications for undergraduate study should reach the Registrar by August of each year.
Candidates seeking admission to undertake postgraduate studies should write to the University Registrar for an application form. For an informal discussion prior to a formal application you may contact the HOD (Tel. 4734601).
The Civil Engineering Department is very well equipped for teaching and research and is housed in four main buildings and a separate workshop. Staff from the Departmental, are actively engaged in research in all major aspects of civil engineering covered in the course and maintain close contacts with industry and government departments. The research subjects being investigated in the Department include Cable Stayed Bridges, Steel Structures, Timber Structures, Sewage Lagoons, Roads Pavement Materials, Earthquake Resistant Structures, Soil Properties, Disaster Research, Accident Analysis, Pavement Design, Cost-Benefit Criteria for Developing countries, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation and Waste Management. For details of the research and investigation programme, the University's Research Report is available from the Library and published papers are also held in the Report Series.
Staff members are encouraged to act as consultants to industry and the government. The department also operates a laboratory to serve industry. The laboratory calibrates mechanical equipment such as testing machines, pressure and force measuring devices and torque wrenches. It also offers a comprehensive range of material testing for soils, concrete and metals.
Graduate civil engineers are widely employed in the community and examples of government associated employers are:
Department of Mining and Petroleum
Department of Works and Transport
Department of Rural Development
Electricity Commission (PNG Power)
National Housing Corporation
Civil Aviation Commission
National Roads Authority
Environment and Conservation
National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology (NISIT)
PNG Ports Authority
Water Board (WaterPNG)
Provincial and local level governments
Universities and technical colleges
In addition, they are employed in the private sector in engineering consultancy, construction and contracting organisations, mining and petroleum industries and in manufacturing.
The course is recognized by the Institution of Engineers PNG (IEPNG) as fulfilling the educational requirement towards the registration as a professional engineer.