Coastal engineer

What they do

Coastal engineers research and develop technologies and techniques for coastal, estuary and river systems. They will need to evaluate the environmental impacts of the project and work with other experts to complete the project. They will need to write reports about the project and may need to communicate and inform a wide variety of people including the public, managers, government departments and other professionals.

Working conditions

A coastal engineer would usually work a normal work week. Some of this time would be spent in an office and some would be outside in various weather conditions. Occasionally they may be required to work irregular hours because of the project they are working on.

Most coastal engineers would work for government departments, for example local councils. Some coastal engineers become consultants after gaining work experience.

Tools and technologies

Coastal engineers may need to be proficient with a wide range of engineering design and construction equipment depending on the area they are working in. They may need to be able to drive a boat and will need some basic computer skills.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a coastal engineer you usually need to study a degree in Engineering with a major in Ocean Engineering.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) offers the Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering) Honours. This is the only university in Western Australia offering an ocean engineering specialisation. Contact ECU for more information.