Water Systems Engineering

Water systems engineering involves the design, operation and optimisation of: water and wastewater treatment facilities; reservoirs; dams; pipe networks; open channels and stormwater drainage.

Effective and efficient water and wastewater systems are critical for all societies. Demand for specialist expertise in their engineering is constant, and particularly high during periods of: population growth; urban expansion and regulation change; and as systems age.

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You can major in Water Systems Engineering in our:

A major enables you to specialise by completing a series of courses within your degree in an area of interest. Our Water Systems Engineering major covers: the physical principles of water (both when stationary and flowing); hydrology; and factors causing floods.

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Careers in water systems engineering

As a water systems engineer you could find yourself working in roles related to: water system handling and supply; water quality; and wastewater recycling. You could also investigate ways to improve water systems from an economic and environmental perspective. You’ll be well-prepared for opportunities in both the private and public sectors.

Set on engineering but don’t meet the entry requirements?

We want to ensure everyone with a passion for engineering can pursue it. If you don’t have the prerequisites to directly enter an engineering degree, but attained a Selection Rank of 70 or above and completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent), consider our engineering pathway program. Successful completion will guarantee you a place in your preferred Adelaide engineering degree. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway.