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School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment

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About the School

The School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE) at the University of Johannesburg falls under the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and was formed in 2010, together with the School of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Mines, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering.

The school runs accredited National Diploma, Undergraduate courses and Postgraduate degrees programmes.

Vision

The vision of the School of Civil and the Built Environment is to develop internationally prominent educational and research programs that will benefit all our constituencies and, in doing so, we will become an international school of choice.

Mission Statement

The Strategic Mission of the School is the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research with the aim of producing diplomats, graduates and postgraduate students with a capacity for independent thought in problem solving, creative analysis and design.

Head of School: Prof Stephen Ekolu

Contact

Secretary: Nathalie Engelbrecht
Tel: 011 559 3511

Email: nathaliee@uj.ac.za

​​Department of Civil Engineering Science​

Programme: Civil Engineering Science

Civil Engineering is the practice of developing, improving and maintaining the built and natural environments to enhance the quality of life and increase work efficiency. Key academic focus areas include water, structures, transport, geotechnical engineering, project management, civil engineering materials, urban development and design.

Scope of Work

Civil Engineers make important decisions, control assignments, think logically and work systematically. They are responsible for the design, planning and supervision of construction of structures. These include water supply systems (dams and major pipelines), transportation systems (roads, railways, bridges, airports and harbours) and buildings (sports stadiums, office blocks, shopping centres and convention centres). A Civil Engineer has the most broadly-based education and experience within a civil engineering team. He or she generally assumes leadership and undertakes responsibility for extending engineering knowledge to new and innovative projects.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities can be found within private consulting and construction firms, as well as the public sector.

Head of Department: Dr Maria Ferentinou

Contact

Secretary: Lerato Mahlangu
Tel: 011 559 3144
Email:leratojm@uj.ac.za


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of Town and Regional Planning

Town and Regional Planners plan and develop the infrastructure of towns and cities and are therefore key players as South Africa works towards improving spatial and social imbalances in urban and rural areas across the country.

The field of Town and Regional Planning covers land-use planning, urban design, transport and infrastructure planning, use and extension of information technology, heritage and conservation, resource management, environmental monitoring, commercial and industrial development, policy-making and implementation, as well as planning law and practice.

Town and Regional Planners help communities, companies and governments to integrate the environmental, economic and social aspects of development. They are involved with land-use, working in a professional team to plan, design, implement and manage development.

Town and Regional Planners must consider all economic, sociological, geological, architectural, industrial and geographical factors to bring about efficient functioning of a town or region.

Town and Regional Planning technicians and technologists are required in the private and public sectors. Graduates can seek employment with national, regional and local authorities as well as with consultants and developers.

Scope of Work

The field of Town and Regional Planning includes land use planning, urban design, transport and infrastructure planning, use and extension of information technology, heritage and conservation, resource management, environmental monitoring, commercial and industrial development, policy making and implementation, planning law and practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist across the town and regional planning sector and allied industries.

Head of Department: Dr Trynos Gumbo

Contact

Secretary: Sithembile Thusi
Tel: 011 559 6428

Email: sithembilet@uj.ac.za

 

​​Department of Civil Engineering Technology

Programme: Civil Engineering Technology

The Department is home to five specialised laboratories and two research groups which focus on concrete as a construction material and on soil compaction. The programme is designed to ensure graduates are skilled with knowledge and application of a range of engineering technology services. Civil engineering technicians are trained to provide a broad base of engineering technology services such as surveying, drafting, computer applications and modelling, soil, concrete, evaluation and design, road and highway analysis, traffic analysis, hydraulics, construction engineering, municipal infrastructure and project management.

Scope of Work

Professional development and responsibilities include planning, design and construction of physical infrastructures in addition to management and inspection of construction process. These include buildings, bridges, highways, streets, parks, dams, drainage and irrigation systems, water supply and sewer collection systems, and commercial and industrial facilities.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist within the field of civil engineering and the built environment. Entry-level employment opportunities may include computer-aided design (CAD), highway design, surveying, structural detailing, construction materials testing, construction management, inspection, or cost estimating. Potential employers include private consulting firms, consulting engineering companies, governmental agencies and local municipalities.

Head of Department : Ms Ntebo Ngcobo

Contact

Secretary: Kedibone Maganadisa
Tel: 011 559 6415

Email: kedibonem@uj.ac.za 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

Programme: Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

The Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying is focused on providing vocational – focused programmes which incorporates a high level of academic theory and knowledge.

Scope of Work

Construction Management and Quantity Surveying graduates are developed into industry professionals that possess sound knowledge of construction, economics, business law, computers, good communication and literary skills. They are skilled with thorough technical understanding of design forms and construction processes, including procurement and management skills.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist within the field of civil engineering and the built environment.

Head of Department: Mr Nazeem Ansary

Contact

Secretary: Corlia Jordaan
Tel: 011 559 6056

Email: corli​aj@uj.ac.za