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Civil Engineering

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What is the objective of the course? What is it?
What does it train you for?

The course trains civil engineers to work, in accordance with the skill level achieved, on designing, implementing, maintaining and managing structures and infrastructure, i.e. works which fit into and interact with the natural and/or built environment in their various life cycle phases.

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What do you learn?

The course teaches the fundamentals in:

  • building modelling and calculation principles, methodologies and tools as well as structural elements and medium complexity level structure design;
  • design variable calculation principles, methodologies and tools and medium complexity level hydraulic work design;
  • criteria and methods for road infrastructure geometric design and safety;
  • • transport system engineering (public urban road and rail transport, individual road transport) with reference to transport demand and supply analysis;
  • survey engineering and surveying criteria, problems and methodologies, structure and territorial control, monitoring and representation;
  • principles relating to the physical-mechanical characterisation of the land and the principal experimental methodologies for the determination of the related parameters;
  • medium difficulty level experimental test performance methodologies and data interpretation in various sectors of civil engineering;
  • engineering architectural designs related to technological, plant, structural, environmental and safety aspects.

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What can you do with it?

Civil engineering graduates can perform design support and team work, work supervision, public work estimates and testing, simple building accounting, direct, instrumental and geometric surveying of various types in a range of contexts such as freelancing, firms, public bodies and private civil construction sector firms. The resulting qualification entitles graduates to register on the Engineering register (civil and environmental sector) after sitting a state exam. Graduates can also continue their studies with a Master Degree in Civil Engineering lasting two years. As far as career openings are concerned, Alma Laurea official data shows that civil engineers rapidly find work after graduating with an MSc. 70% of Palermo civil engineers find work within a year and 86% within three years.