Areas of Specialisation

Choosing a specialisation is a necessary part of the Bachelor's degree programme in order to become specialised in a broad field of activity. In the first four semesters, you will be equipped with solid engineering fundamentals needed for the profession of civil engineer. You will gain insights into all specialisations - a good basis for being able to decide which direction to take in your specialisation studies:


Civil engineers plan and construct bridges, buildings, roads, sewage treatment plants and much more. After the planning phase, these construction projects must be carried out on site with regard to quality, adherence to schedules and costs. In the construction site management specialisation, you will acquire the qualities of a project manager. 


Leading construction projects to success lies solely in your area of responsibility.


However, complex construction processes cannot be managed exclusively from the desk. As a project manager, it is necessary that you are also present on site. Within the construction site management specialisation, the course of study at FH Aachen offers you numerous visits to construction sites as well as subject-specific excursions, both at home and abroad, thereby providing the essential practical relevance.


Career Opportunities | Any construction project can only be realised with the help of a civil engineer who has a solid knowledge of construction site management. For civil engineers, there are therefore many areas of employment. The typical employers are:

  • Construction companies (site management in building construction, civil engineering and construction engineering)
  • In the public sector (tender, awarding of construction contracts and construction site management)
  • In architectural or engineering offices (construction management, acquisition)
  • Real estate companies
  • Insurance companies

As a civil engineer with the specialisation in construction site management, you therefore have the opportunity to find your future job in accordance with your own individual preferences.


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Konstruktiver Ingenieurbau

Your main tasks in Construction Engineering are to design, calculate and, eventually, construct structures such as houses, road systems and railway tracks, towers, bridges, tunnels and canals, etc. Various materials (building materials) are used, the suitability of which you will become acquainted with during your practice-oriented studies. You design and measure load-bearing structures and are responsible for their load-bearing capacity and serviceability. Aspects such as statics and material strength are therefore essential contents of your studies.


Career Opportunities | Your tasks can range from construction planning and design to construction supervision and quality assurance as well as construction management and management functions. The list of possible employers reflects the wide range of application and flexible employment opportunities. The typical employers are:

  • Engineering offices and consulting companies in the field of construction planning
  • Building contractors
  • National and international construction groups
  • Insurance companies 
  • Public administration at federal, state and local level (e.g. bridge and road construction)
  • Major real estate owners (rehabilitation and modernisation)
  • Manufacturers of building products, product management
  • Universities and testing institutes for building products

In addition, the Bachelor's degree offers a good basis for becoming self-employed in the field of planning and construction.


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Civil engineers specialising in transportation deal with the planning and further development of traffic processes. In a rapidly changing environment, transport planners must constantly design new concepts and adapt to circumstances and social changes. In their professional lives, they are often confronted with conflicting wishes. We train them to become traffic specialists who, in their professional lives, are often confronted with conflicting wishes.


Your tasks will include, for example, designing concepts that ensure the highest quality of living for tourists, visitors and the population living and working in a city as well as the efficiency of the various transport systems. In this course of study, you will learn to establish objective evaluation contexts that enable you to propose sustainable optimisation measures at the highest quality level. During your studies, you will gain insights into the various working environments and areas of responsibility in the form of work placements, projects and excursions.


Career Opportunities | Due to its high quality standards when it comes to research and tasks for the planning, construction and operation of transportation infrastructures, Germany is involved in major developments of European countries, often in a leadership position. The typical employers are:


  • Public service (district government, ministries, authorities)
  • Transport planning offices
  • Track and road construction companies (construction industry)
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Local transport operators
  • Associations (ADAC)
  • Research facilities

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Wasser und Abfallwirtschaft

Bauingenieurinnen und Bauingenieure mit dem Schwerpunkt Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft befassen sich mit planerischen, baulichen und betrieblichen Aufgaben auf dem Gebiet des Wasserbaus, der Siedlungswasserwirtschaft und der Abfallwirtschaft. | Weiterlesen


Civil engineers specialising in network management deal with the planning, construction and operation of grid-bound infrastructures. Modern cities and regions can be compared to a large organism - beneath the surface, there is a multi-layered network of "lifelines" for the supply of water, electricity, gas and district heating as well as for the disposal of waste and rainwater. These networks are often hidden from view, yet their reliable operation is of paramount importance to our communities.

The structural condition of the networks as well as the liberalisation of the energy market, the energy turnaround and climate change have the effect that the framework conditions for network operators in Germany are changing. Sectors such as electricity, water and gas, which, so far, have often only been considered individually, must now be treated in a holistic manner.

Engineers in network management have this specialist knowledge for several sectors and can combine the factual knowledge from different specialist areas with each other. They are responsible for the planning, development, construction and operation of electricity, water and gas networks as well as drainage systems, and, in the process, assume management and technical responsibilities. Their tasks include the conception and operational maintenance of the networks. This includes concrete planning tasks such as line dimensioning, route planning and structural implementation.