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Welcome to your first day as a Civil Construction Cadet! πŸ€—

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This program will introduce you to all the different phases of large-scale infrastructure projects, from surveying and geotechnical analysis, to excavation and project legacy.

Civil construction is one of the oldest professions in existence.

Broadly speaking, civil engineering professionals are like the architects of modern society. They're responsible for conceptualising, designing, building, supervising, constructing, and maintaining buildings and transportation structures. They look at the world with an eye for fixing and improving the way we live and function on a daily basis.

That’s a pretty important job, if you ask us! 😎 We're thrilled to help you explore this rewarding career path. Find out if it's right for you in this Discovery experience!

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First, download your Memobook! πŸ‘‹

Before we jump into it, make sure you download your virtual work experience Memobook.

‍Your Memobook will serve as a diary, brainstorm, and research document. You'll also need it for a number of activities throughout your work experience.

Let's go!

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1. So, what does civil construction involve?

Most people are aware of the general categories in engineering - for example, mechanical, chemical, electrical, biomedical and, of course, civil engineering. But did you know there are many sub-categories, or specialisations, that fall under just the umbrella of civil engineering?Β 

Each of these specialties play an important role in building projects and delivering a safe and sustainable asset that meets the client's needs.

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‍For your first task, we want you to go to page 2 of your Memobook. πŸ™Œ

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Research five civil engineering specialisations that you're most interested in and write 3-5 sentences elaborating on each.


Now you know what Civil Construction is all about, let's discover what a day-in-the-life of an engineer in this field actually looks like...

Watch the video from your mentor, Nathan, below.

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Psst πŸ‘€ want to see live stats on Civil Engineering job openings, employers, salaries and skills? You can find them here.

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‍Great work so far! Before you head on to the next page, it's time for a little Ponder Prompt πŸ’‘

Feel free to draw on and add to the notes in your Memobook.