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Public Works Engineering

Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering

The specialised training provided by the Bachelor’s Degree in Public Works Engineering (formerly the Bachelor's Degree in Construction Engineering) offers an specialised training in managing and implementing projects in the areas of civil constructions, hydrology and urban transport and services, the development of which is in much demand from society.

The first two years of this bachelor's degree include formation in basic and applied sciences, followed by courses on engineering tools and an introduction to engineering technologies. During the third and fourth years, notions on structures, and foundations, the technology of water, transport infrastructures and urbanism are introduced. This established the basis for the development of the bachelor's degree thesis during their last year.

It is mandatory for students to enrol in an internship program in a company or public administration to complete their training.

Academic year 2020-2021 starts September 2020
Duration 4 years
Study load 240 ECTS (including the bachelor's thesis)
Delivery On-campus
Language Spanish & Catalan
Places In extinction (no places available)
Official degree Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)
Double degree agreements

From the 2020-2021 academic year the Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering will be in extinction and will not accept new applicants. Students currently enrolled in this program will have two choices:

Career opportunities

  • Planning, management and organisation of civil engineering projects.
  • Construction, maintenance and management of public works and buildings.
  • Supervision and management of infrastructure construction processes.
  • Execution and management of consulting, environmental and services projects in engineering, industrial and service companies.
  • Technical and management positions with government agencies.
  • Self-employment.

Learning objectives

  • Provide engineers with specialised training to manage and execute construction works within the speciality of Civil Works Engineering.
  • To license graduates to exert the regulated profession of Public Work Engineer. This bachelor's degree grants graduate students access to the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Students can specialise in civil works, hydrology or urban services.
2020-2021 academic year

COURSE

ECTS

First year
Annual
250208 - Mechanics 9
Fall semester
250201 - Linear algebra 6
250204 - Graphic expression 7,5
250206 - Mathematic fundamentals 6
250207 - Applied geology 6
Spring semester
250202 - Calculus 6
250203 - Business & construction legislation 6
250205 - Applied physics 6
250109 - Chemistry of materials 7,5
Second year
Annual
250220 - Hydraulics 9
Fall semester
250221 - Differential equations 4,5
250223 - Construction materials 6
250225 - Geomatics & surveying 7,5
250227 - Descriptive statistics 7,5
Spring semester
250222 - Strength of materials 6
250224 - Numerical methods & informatics 7,5
250226 - Representation techniques 6
250228 - Construction methods & electrical engineering 6
Third year
Annual
250230 - Geotechnics 9
Fall semester
250231 - Structures 6
250233 - Surface & groundwater hydrology 4,5
250235 - Transport infrastructures 7,5
250237 - Organisation, measurement & budget for public works 7,5
Spring semester
250232 - Reinforced concrete 6
250234 - Metallic constructions 6
250236 - Environmental technology 4,5
250238 - Urbanism & regional systems 4,5
250239 - Project & construction of public works 4,5
Fourth year
Fall semester
250240 - Geotechnical engineering 4,5
250241 - Maritime constructions 4,5
Fall/Spring semester
250262 - Bachelor's thesis 12

Common elective courses

COURSE

ECTS

Fall semester
250258 - Geographical information systems & teledetection 4,5
250259 - Social impacts of the public constructions 4,5
Spring semester
250260 - History of public constructions 4,5
250261 - Graphic design & numerical analysis 4,5

Specialty itineraries

COURSE

ECTS

Civil constructions
Fall semester
250243 - Construction of bridges & other structures 6
250244 - Structural design 6
250245 - Prestressed concrete 4,5
Spring semester
250242 - Building construction & prefabrication 7,5
250246 - Introduction to structural management 4,5
250266 - Construction management 4,5
Transportation & urban services
Fall semester
250248 - Construction of transport infrastructures 6
250249 - Transportation management 6
250251 - Urbanization & management of urban environment 4,5
Spring semester
250247 - Administration, urban planning & public services 7,5
250250 - Maintenance of infrastructures 4,5
250265 - Urban logistics & transport terminals 4,5
Hydrology
Fall semester
250254 - Hydraulic constructions 6
250255 - Sanitary engineering 4,5
250264 - Environmental impact in maritime works 4,5
Spring semester
250252 - Surface & groundwater hydrology II 4,5
250253 - Port engineering 4,5
250256 - Instrumentation & testing in hydraulic works 4,5
250257 - Water supply 4,5

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Students enrolled at UPC for the Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering can access the following information:

 

The Bachelor's Thesis is an original exercise to be done individually and presented and defended before a university panel consisting in a project in the sphere of the specific civil engineering technologies synthesising and integrating the competences acquired on the course.

Internship documentation delivery

Please find below the list of documents to be delivered to the Management Support Unit to Undergraduate and Master's Degree Studies (USGEGM) with regards to the student's situation.

Internships within an Educational Cooperation Agreement:
  • Student's report
  • Report of the internship supervisor within the company or entity
Other internships:
  • Evaluation form
  • Student's report
  • Report of the internship supervisor within the company or entity
  • Certificate of the company or entity (contract, FARO grants, etc.)

List of bachelor's thesis currently scheduled for public presentation:

This program has been awarded the following quality labels:

*Further to the initiation of the accreditation procedure by AQU Catalunya, the title of the degree "Grau en Enginyeria de la Construcció" (Bachelor's Degree in Construction Engineering) was modified to "Grau en Enginyeria d'Obres Públiques" (Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering), as stated in the Supreme Court decision dated 03/03/2015 (Appeal num. 144/2013).