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Civil Engineering Bursaries in South Africa for 2018


Civil Engineering as a career path

Everywhere you look, you see roads, buildings and man-made structures; you breathe in clear air and consume clean drinking water. Civil Engineers (along with other professions), make these aspects of our everyday possible.

Civil Engineers find solutions to problems by applying science, maths and technology – they work on various projects including local, regional and global projects. Professionals in this career path generally work in an office environment, creating creating designs and structural plans, but they could also find themselves working at constructions sites.

Civil Engineer is said to be the oldest of all the engineering disciplines, it is also the most popular choice of engineering career path.

What industries do Civil Engineers work in?

Civil Engineers can find employment in various sectors/ industries, some of the most popular options include:

  • Industry: this involves working in various settings such as pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, public facilities and utilities. Civil Engineers in industry could oversee the construction and design of facilities, manage large plants and be responsible for operating permits. These professionals are invaluable to new developments which require feasibility studies and environmental site assessments.
  • Construction: this involves working with a contractor to develop the built environment – they transform architectural design and engineering drawings into reality. Civil Engineers in the construction trade are involved in projects of various sizes – think anything from tunnels, wastewater lines and local roads, to bridges and airports.
  • Consulting: this involves devising and implementing design solutions for various projects. Consulting Civil Engineers usually begin with basic engineering evaluations, computations and design which then leads to career flexibility.
  • Education: this involves developing engineering curriculum and teaching the upcoming generation of engineers the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the industry. Engineering educators should have an advanced degree and preferably a doctorate.
  • Government: this involves developing standards and policies for the profession and general public. Civil Engineers in government often leave the path of technical engineering and progress to government management.


How much can I earn in the Civil Engineering industry?

With the correct level of qualification and working experience, you can expect to earn the following salary (note that these salaries are the median):

  • Civil Engineering Technician – around R175 000 per year
  • Graduate Civil Engineer – around R250 000 per year
  • Entry-Level Civil Engineer – around R300 000 per year
  • Civil Engineering Technologist – around R300 000 per year
  • Civil Engineer – around R340 000 per year


How can I get a bursary for Civil Engineering?

Here are the companies who are offering bursaries for this particular field of study:
Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa Bursary
Eskom Bursary
Haw & Inglis Bursary
Royal HaskoningDHV Bursary
FNB Fund Bursary
Standard Bank CSI Bursary
Standard Bank 150 Bursary
Investec Bank CSI Bursary
Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education Bursary
Cape Winelands District Municipality Bursary
….more coming soon


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