Civil engineering is a branch of engineering that focuses on the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment such as transportation systems for example roads and bridges; buildings, water systems e.g. dams and sewage plants; and other public facilities such as airports, stadia, and train stations.

Roles and responsibilities of a civil engineer

There are two important aspects within civil engineering: consulting engineering and contracting engineering. Consulting engineering is into design of project while contracting engineering implements the design through physical construction. Some of the key roles and responsibilities of the civil engineer are as listed:

  1. Analysis of site location and surrounding area, investigating and verifying its feasibility for construction purposes.
  2. Design of a plan which outlines the key variables and what needs to be changes prior to construction
  3. Development of a design layout keeping in mind the requirements of the client. The design needs to be reviewed to identify any potential risks and challenges that may be involved in the project before the design is approved.

A civil engineer therefore plays a very important role in the planning and execution of all kinds of engineering projects.

List Of Schools that Offer Civil Engineering in Nigeria

  1. AAU – Adekunle Ajasin University,
  2. ABUAD – Afe Babalola University
  3. ABU – Ahmadu Bello university, Zaria
  4. ABUJA – University of Abuja
  5. AKSU – Akwaibom State University
  6. COOU – Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
  7. AUE – Adeleke University, Ede
  8. BAUCHI – Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
  9. BAYERO – Bayaro University
  10. BAZE – Baze University
  11. BELLS – Bells University of Technology
  12. BENIN – University of Benin
  13. BIU – Benson Idahosa University
  14. COVENANT – Covenant University, Canaan Land
  15. CRUTECH – Cross River University of Technology
  16. DELSU – Delta State University
  17. ELIZADE – Elizade University
  18. FED-NDUFU – Federal University, Ndufu-Alike,
  19. FED-OTUOKE – Federal University, Otuoke
  20. FED-OYEEKITI – Federal University, Oye-Ekiti
  21. FUTA – Federal University of Technology
  22. FUTO – Federal University of Technology
  23. FUNAAB – Federal University of Agriculture
  24. GREGORY – Gregory University
  25. IBADAN – University of Ibadan
  26. IGBINEDION – Igbinedion University, Okada
  27. ILORIN – University of Ilorin, Ilorin
  28. IMSU – Imo State University
  29. JOS – University of Jos
  30. KSUSTA – Kebbi State University of Science and Technology
  31. KUST – Kanu University of Science and Technology
  32. KWASU – Kwara State University, Malete, Ilorin
  33. LAGOS – University of Lagos Akoka,
  34. LANDMARK – Landmark University
  35. LAUTECH – Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
  36. MADONNA – Madonna University
  37. MAIDUGURI – University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
  38. MAKURDI – Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  39. MAUTY – Modibbo Adama University of Technology,
  40. MINNA – Federal University of Technology, Minna
  41. NDA – Nigerian Defence Academy
  42. NDU – Niger Delta University
  43. NTNU – Nigeria Turkish Nile University
  44. OAU – Obafemi Awolowo University
  45. OOU – Olabisi Onabanjo University
  46. OSUSTECH – Ondo State University of Science and Technology
  47. PHC – University of Port-Harcourt
  48. RSUST – Rivers State University of Science and Technology
  49. TSUJ – Taraba State University, Jalingo
  50. UDU – Usmanu Danfodio University
  51. UMUDIKE – Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
  52. UNIOSUN – Osun State University
  53. UNIZIK – Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  54. UNN – University of Nigeria Nsukka.
  55. UYO – University of Uyo

Employment prospects in civil engineering in Nigeria

Civil engineers find employment opportunities in government and private firms in Nigeria. Some of the leading government and private enterprises which offer employment to civil engineers in Nigeria include:

  • Federal and state government ministries of works and agencies under them such as Federal road maintenance agency.
  • Julius Berger Nigeria: this is one of the leading construction companies in the country and they are known for their state of the art projects.
  • Reynold Construction Company (RCC) Nigeria: their major areas of operation are in the construction and rehabilitation of rural and urban roads, highways, bridges and runways for major airports.
  • G Cappa PLC: they are one of the leading building and civil engineering companies in the country with expertise in complex infrastructure and high rise building.

These are companies which are almost exclusively for civil engineers. However, there are other companies which are not majorly into construction but need civil engineers for their construction works.


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