Civil Engineering Career Guide

Please share this article


The Civil Engineering programme prepares the student for the planning, designing, maintenance and management of projects associated with the construction of houses, roads, buildings, air ports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and water supply and sewage systems.


What vocational activities do Civil Engineering students perform at a TVET College?

  • Participate in the operation and maintenance of construction equipment and machinery;
  • Participate in the construction of roads, bridges, dams, railways and houses;
  • Participate in designing and construction of tunnels, roads, factories and reservoirs;
  • Participate in the erection of reinforced concrete, structural steel, timber and masonry structures, etc.

What skills and abilities are required to become a Civil Engineer?

  • Good analytical skills are a must for any civil engineer. Civil Engineers have to read and interpret many drawings, complex charts, diagrams, maps and reports;
  • Good communication skills. Civil Engineers need to correspond with an array of individuals throughout their profession from construction workers to CEOs of large corporations;
  • Excellent problem solving capabilities;
  • Advanced skills in mathematics are crucial to become a Civil Engineer, who must apply the appropriate mathematical formulas and principles in his design work as well as to problem solving.

What are the working conditions of a Civil Engineer?

Civil engineers sometimes work indoors in offices. However, many spend time outdoors at construction sites so they can monitor operations or solve problems onsite.

What are the minimum entry requirements to study Civil Engineering at a TVET College?

At a TVET College, the normal entrance requirements for the Civil Engineering course are:

  • NC(V) Programme:

A Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme.

  • NATED Programme:

Nl admission - Grade 9 Certificate + college requirements set per programme.

N4 admission - Grade 12 with a pass in Mathematics + college requirements set per programme OR an NC(V) Level 4 Certificate in Civil Engineering and Building Construction.

What should I do if I want to study Civil Engineering?

  • Visit or contact a TVET College nearest to you to enquire about the entrance requirements for the Civil Engineering course;
  • Visit Civil Engineering training centres or companies to gain more knowledge about the field and what it entails;
  • Contact DHET Career Development Services to provide you with free quality career information, advice and counselling services on 086 999 0123 or e-mail:[email protected]
  • Go for an aptitude test to help understand if a career in Civil Engineering is for you;
  • Attend Career Exhibitions in your area to liaise with higher learning institutions and obtain application forms.

Did you know: The Civil Engineering course at a TVET College has different specialisations?

The areas of specialisation are:

  • Bricklaying;
  • Carpentry;
  • Plastering;
  • Plumbing.


Suggested Article:

Civil Engineers

Choosing to work in Civil Engineering is a great and fascinating choice that offers many opportunities in South Africa. But you might be wondering which colleges in South Africa offer Civil Engineering? 


WhatsApp Channel

Sponsored Ad



Google News

Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a multitude of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even considering entrepreneurial ventures, each offering unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.

You've probably been contemplating the next chapter of your life all throughout the year asking yourself, 'what am I going to study after I finish completing my matric certificate exams?', 'am I going to study? What else can I do when I pass'? Well, we can help.


Where to Study


Other Articles

EduPower’s innovative learnership model enables skills development in under-served communities.


Latest SASSA articles

The South African Social Security Agency(Sassa) is still in the process of paying out the R350 grant to all qualifying applicants. However, if you are curious as to which grant payment collection methods Sassa currently has in place, then the following answer may be of interest to you. 

The President has confirmed that the SRD Grant is here to stay - and is going to be improved. So its still worth submitting an appeal if you were rejected unfairly for the R350 grant. Here is how the process you should follow and details on how long you can expect to wait. 


Careers Advice

Police officers are often looked up to as the heroes of communities and many people aspire to be in this position. If you're one of those who dream of working for the police, here's where you can study to join SAPS.