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University Options

There are key roles in the construction industry for which a university degree is required.

Engineering and architecure are two of the most well known tertiary qualifications that are connected to construction, and WA tertiary institutions provide a variety of courses that are highly respected and well recognised.

Each of these disciplines has a range of specialist areas, which can be explored through an undergraduate degree and developed further with relevant industry experience and further, post graduate study.

As an example, there's scope in the construction industry for

  • Civil Engineering
    • Highways
    • Airports
    • Bridges
    • Harbours
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Engineering can be combined with Commerce for application in quantitative methods, business and project management for the construction industry.

Similarly, specialisation within architecture can relate to the concept and design of specific types of structures (hotels, hospitals, airports, education facilities) or components of buildings, such as interiors.

As it develops into the future, the built environment must make the most of available resources and minimise its footprint on its surroundings, including people. Studies in occupational health & saftey, alternative building materials, sustainable development, urban design, planning and water management will be key to the performance of the built environment and the skills required of our future construction workforce.

All undergraduate university courses have entry pre-requisites for school leavers and mature-age students. Institutions offering degree courses will be able to provide up-to-date information for admission.

Some other areas of interest include

  • Business and Project management
  • Construction Management and Economics
  • Design   
  • IT
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Surveying  

There are no limits to how an individual can structure their training and/or career within construction. Rather than the initial entry point into the industry, a university qualification may be part of a longer term career pathway for an individual who has amassed industry experience and key skills, or even for someone seeking a career change.

Interesting fact

Check out Tom's story here. Tom is currently doing a 12 month apprenticeship in concreting, whilst he is enrolled at university studying Construction Management and Economics!