Every country be it developed or developing, rich or poor, located in tropical or temperate region has to provide for its people infrastructures such as houses, factories, shops, industrial buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, roads, airports, wharfs and jetties, etc.
The focus of the School of Building and Civil Engineering is to provide Technical and Vocational Education and Training to enable graduates meet the needs of the nation in the construction industry.
The school provides programmes leading to Certificates IV, Trade Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Degree in Civil Engineering in the range of areas from design to construction. The school has the following departments:
Architectural Department - manual and computer aided draughting design, construction and contract administration.
Civil Engineering Department - structures, water, geotechnique and engineering survey;
Quantity Surveying Department - costs estimates, control, analysis, planning, bill of quantities;
Building Department - project planning, programming, contract and construction management;
Land Surveying Department - land surveying, cadastral survey, geodetic computation, survey law and implementation and GPS survey.
Carpentry and Joinery Department - construction, manufacture of furniture and fittings.
Building Services Department - sheet metal construction, cold water reticulation system, sanitary systems, waste disposal, hot water systems, building services engineering.
The School and construction industry have jointly developed the programmes. Students can enroll in the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) programme after successfully completing the Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering or they can enroll straight into the year 1 degree in Civil Engineering programme. After successfully completing the Advanced Diploma, students are able to enter into the third year of the BE programme at Auckland University in New Zealand or at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. The final and the fourth year of the programme will be completed in New Zealand or in Australia.
The articulation arrangement provides substantial cost saving to students and it is through these articulation arrangements that the manpower needs of the country can be met.
Job opportunities are available in the construction Industry for tradesmen, technicians, technologists and professionals. Various government ministries and departments, statutory organisations, contracting companies, consultant firms, local governments, disciplined forces and teaching fraternity employ graduates from the School. Graduates may be self-employed as entrepreneurs or form a small company to get started with business. Opportunities are also available for off-shore employment in the region. There is a clear staircasing arrangement at all levels of study in the school. Students may enrol in the Trade Certificate programmes and follow the path to aspire for the professional qualification. Multi-entry and exit points offer opportunities to the students with different backgrounds and abilities to pursue studies and aspire for same goals but achieve them at different times.
Mr. Nimilote Ratudina
Head of School