Construction Engineering Major - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)


Future careers in Construction Engineering

There are so many career possibilities when you study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Construction Engineering.

Check out the post study career opportunities in this guide.

Designing safe, cost effective and environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure is essential to our society. Professional construction engineers are involved with the design, planning and construction of the physical infrastructure that surrounds us. Whether the project is high-density housing or commercial construction, these engineers design reliable processes and build quality structures that enhance our living and working environments.

AUT’s Construction Engineering major in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE (Hons)) will help you develop skills in structural engineering, materials technologies, construction systems, productivity improvement and waste reduction strategies.

Key features

Career opportunities

  • Construction design engineer
  • Construction delivery systems
  • Site engineer
  • Project and construction management


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. Students must complete 120 points each year (points for the entire degree). In each year students study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

In addition to successfully completing all papers, you also need to complete a minimum of 800 hours of planned supervised work placement before graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.


Year 1
Students in all majors do the same papers in the first year.

Level 5:
ENEL515 Electrical Principles A (15 points)
ENEL516 Electrical Principles B (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)
ENME502 Engineering Materials I (15 points)
ENME510 Mechanical Principles A (15 points)
ENME511 Mechanical Principles B (15 points)
ENSE504 Introduction to Computing (15 points)

Year 2
This year you become familiar with construction materials, structural engineering, building construction and quantity surveying. You also develop engineering management and analytical skills.

Level 6:
ENBU600 Construction Materials (15 points)
ENBU601 Introduction to Structural Engineering (15 points)

ENBU602 Quantity Surveying (15 points)

ENBU603 Building Construction I (15 points)

ENBU604 Construction Engineering Management I (15 points)

ENGE601 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)
ENME602 Engineering Design Methodology (15 points)

ENME609 Solid Mechanics I (15 points)

Year 3
This year focuses on specialist construction papers, including geotechnical engineering, structural analysis and construction planning. You also explore the design of concrete and steel structures.

Level 7:
ENBU700 Architectural Design and Sustainability (15 points)
ENBU701 Geotechnical Engineering (15 points)
ENBU702 Structural Analysis (15 points)
ENBU705 Concrete Structures (15 points)
ENBU706 Steel Structures (15 points)
ENBU707 Construction Planning (15 points)
ENBU708 Construction Engineering Mangement II (15 points)
ENGE702 Engineering Mathematics III (15 points)

Year 4 (AVAILABLE FROM 2018)
In your final year you complete an individual industry project, as well as compulsory and optional papers that cover advanced analytical thinking and reasearch experiences.

Workplace experience

Your individual industry project in Year 4 is your opportunity to gain real-life industrial experience in organisations like Fletcher Building, Hawkins, Naylor Love Ltd, and Auckland Council.

You need to complete 800 hours of planned supervised work experience to graduate, in addition to completing all your papers.

Level 8:
ENBU800 Structural Engineering Design (15 points)
ENBU896 Industrial Project (30 points)

SELECT 60 points from the following options:
ENBU801 Structural Dynamics (15 points)
ENBU802 Architectural Systems (15 points)
ENBU805 Foundation Engineering (15 points)
ENBU806 Off-Site Construction (15 points)
ENBU807 Construction Equipment and Utilisation (15 points)
ENBU808 Construction Technology II (15 points)

And a further 15 points from any level 8 papers listed in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or from any other bachelor’s degree with the approval of the programme leader.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.41pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.