On this page you will find information about engineering at UNE. UNE provides an excellent environment to study engineering. Students studying Bachelors of Engineering Technology (Civil and Environmental), Natural Resources, Environmental Science and Rural Science study units in engineering. Environmental Engineering is concerned with achieving maximum benefit from our natural resources of soil, water, plants, animals and minerals in a responsible and empathetic way for the long-term benefit of society. Environmental Engineering focuses on practices to gain and maintain the advantages of soil, water, minerals and vegetation in ways that are practically sustainable. We pride ourselves in our use of modern teaching technology and the quality of our research. This site has been designed to provide information about engineering and its teaching and research activities.

Why Study Engineering at UNE?

The Bachelor of Engineering Technology is a completely new and different degree course that UNE is offering. It is relatively unique in that it has been developed with specific industry input to address the national skills shortage of engineering graduates in two major areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Industry also provides traineeships and the opportunity for on-the-job training. This can be achieved through the flexible modes of delivery that UNE offers. The course has also been structured to provide for later articulation to a four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree at USQ and/or further post-graduate study.

What does UNE have to offer?

  • flexible delivery modes
  • low student/staff ratios and offer a more personal experience
  • higher rank for student satisfaction
  • relaxed and friendly environment in a rural setting
  • our staff are highly qualified and respected and a number remain active practitioners in their specialisation


ENGT205 - Structural Mechanics
ENGT237 - Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Infrastructure
ENGT305 - Reinforced Concrete Structures and Concrete Technology 
ENGT310 - Design of Steel and Timber Structures
ENGT350 - Geotechnical Engineering
ENGT352 - Principles of Hydrology 
ENGT360 - Planning and Design in Engineering Practice
ERS381/481 - Project Report in Engineering and Environmental and Rural Science
NR331/531 - Remote Sensing and Surveying
RSNR110 - Sustaining our Rural Environment I
RSNR120 - Sustaining our Rural Environment II
RSNR301/501 - Pollution Management
RSNR302/402/ 502 - Integrated Water Resource Management
RSNR303/403/503 - Sustainable Land Management
RSNR304/404/504 - Project Management


UNE and an industry advisory panel undertook a survey of regional employers in 2006-07 and found that most regional employers were understaffed with engineering graduates by at least 20%. Some local government authorities in south-east Queensland have anecdotally reported much higher vacancy rates. It is expected that this number will grow significantly with major infrastructure projects and the mining boom competing for a scarce pool of engineering graduates.

The skills shortage of professional engineers across rural and regional areas is clear and evident. Industry and local communities are endeavouring to do what they can to address it. Some communities are encouraging young people to study and return and work in their own area. This assists in strengthening local communities.

The following organisations in the region have generously offered to provide traineeships for students in the past:

Armidale Dumaresq Council
Bathurst Regional Council
Bega Valley Shire Council
Clarence Valley Council
Eurobodalla Shire Council
Inverell Shire Council, Inverell
Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Quirindi
Mitchel Hanlon Consulting, Tamworth
Moree Plains Shire Council, Moree
Nambucca Shire Council, Nambucca Heads
Port Macquarie Hastings Council (PMHC)

These organisations can be contacted via the web links. Some of these organisations may providemore than one traineeship, so check to see individual details as to what is being offered.

Partnerships, Networks and Industry Links

An Industry Advisory Panel comprising local government, consulting engineers and academics has worked collaboratively to develop the course so that it satisfies industry needs, is relevant and yet has adequate academic rigour and standing to be widely respected. The Industry Panel will work actively during the delivery of the programme to ensure on-going relevance of the course.

As well, an institutional partnership has been developed with the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba (USQ). Some teaching in specialised areas offered by USQ will be undertaken by their staff. USQ has similar external delivery skills to UNE so this will facilitate a seamless delivery format. This will provide students with a greater choice of units and afford greater opportunity for specialisation in a number of areas.

Professional bodies

The two major peak bodies representing professionals in this area are Engineers Australia (EA) and the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA). Links to their respective sites are below.

Engineers Australia

Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA):
National body
NSW Chapter
Queensland Chapter

Other peak industry bodies in allied professional areas include:

Australian Institute of Project Management
Auatralain Water Association(AWA)

Consult Australia (Association of Consulting Engineers)
Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)
Irrigation Australia
Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA)
Water Industry Operators Association, Australia

Industry firms and organisations associated with UNE's BEngTech at a local and regional level include:


Constructive Solutions, Tamworth
EnviroAg Australia, Armidale
Lanfax Laboratories, Armidale
Local Government Engineering Services (LEGS), Inverell and Port Macquarie
Mitchel Hanlon Consulting, Tamworth
RF Wright Consulting Engineers, Armidale
Tierney Consulting Engineers, Armidale
General consulting engineers, engineering services and contractors in the Armidale area

Local Government

Armidale Dumaresq Council
Ballina Shire Council
Bathurst Regional Council
Bega Valley Shire Council
Bellingen Shire Council

Bogan Shire Council
Bellingen Shire Council
Clarence Valley Council
Coffs Harbour City Council
Dubbo City Council
Eurobodalla Shire Council
Glen Innes Severn Council

Gloucester Shire Council
Gunnedah Shire Council
Guyra Shire Council
Gwydir Shire Council
Inverell Shire Council
Kempsey Shire Council
Lismore City Council
Liverpool Plains Shire Council
Moree Plains Shire Council
Murray Shire Council
Nambucca Shire Council
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Richmond Valley
Tamworth Regional Council
Tenterfield Shire Council
Tweed Shire Council
Uralla Shire Council
Walcha Council
Warrumbungle Shire Council

Stage Government Agencies

Roads and Maritime Services (NSW)
State Water


The Bachelor of Engineering Technology has professional accreditation with Engineers Australia at Engineering Technologist level.

Articulation to USQ's BEng will be possible after successfully completing the BEngTech at UNE. The BEng at USQ is a fully accredited degree programme with Engineers Australia at Professional Engineer level.


For information on our research activities, please visit the pages of the Sustainable Engineering Group.


For general and administrative enquiries, AskUNE.

Enquiries about studying Engineering at UNE can be made to:

Mr Rex Glencross-Grant
Senior Lecturer
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Phone: +61 2 6773 2668

Other Engineering Staff at UNE

Academic Staff

Dr Janelle Wilkes
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Phone: +61 2 6773 2025

Technical Staff

Mr Tony McKinnon
Technical Officer
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Phone: +61 2 6773 2796