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"You can work in an office or on a construction site, above or underground, in Sweden or abroad"

Published: 30 March 2022

Meet Martin Nilsson, teacher at The Master Programme in Civil Engineering

Why study The Master Programme in Civil Engineering at Luleå University of Technology?

The education is a good, fun and broad education with very good job opportunities in the future where you will be able to participate. It is broad and international with very good job opportunities both nationally and internationally. As a road and water builder, you contribute with construction technology to the sustainable society of the future.

What is unique about the education?

The opportunity to immerse yourself in rock construction. Also the education's seven-month internship after year three.

Half-year internship, read more here

What does Luleå University of Technology have that is unique in this area?

Rock building and also the use of the subjects' laboratories for teaching purposes.

What does the education contain?

Basic knowledge in mathematics, physics and chemistry together with construction-related knowledge and skills such as construction production, construction construction, geotechnics, water construction, rock construction, bridge construction, sustainability etc.

What can you work with after graduation?

You can work in offices or on construction sites, above or below ground, in Sweden or abroad. You can work on calculating and drawing what is to be built, or be involved in planning and building what is to be built.

What does the labor market look like?

It is very good, both locally, nationally and internationally. With climate change, many people with construction technical skills will be needed.

In what way do you collaborate with the industry?

In many research projects, but of course also within the program with guest teachers, seven-month internships and degree projects.

How do you want to be a teacher?

Well organized, well prepared, positive, helpful and objective.

What is the best thing about teaching?

The contact with the students and to see and get confirmation that they are learning things and growing as future engineers.

What do you want the student to get from your courses?

Partly pure expertise in the subjects my courses deal with, partly self-confidence and the ability to work in engineering.

In which course / courses will the students in road and water construction meet you?

Mainly in:
K0002B Construction Engineering, year 2
K0013B Building construction, year 2
B7004B Building Mechanics I, year 4 in construction
K7013B Multi-storey buildings, year 4 in construction
B7003B Building Mechanics II, year 4 in construction
K7002B Concrete building, year 4 in construction

Tell us a little about the courses you teach.

K0002B is about basic building mechanics and strength theory, ie. how different loads affect building elements. This means that normal forces, transverse forces and torques are calculated, and then stresses due to these. It can also mean calculating deflections in beams, or the risk of cracking of elements loaded with longitudinal forces.

K0013B is a continuation of K0002B. Here, loads that act on our building elements are first determined, and then the forces and moments of these and associated stresses are calculated. The building elements are then dimensioned so that they can withstand these loads. This means that you determine dimensions (width and height) but also that you choose material qualities.

Do you have any advice for those who are considering studying this programme?

If you are interested in community building and want to go to a fun and inspiring education with very good future prospects, civil engineering road and water construction is the right program. Choose programs with your heart, take your education seriously and work hard.

Martin Nilsson

Nilsson, Martin - Associate Professor

Organisation: Structural Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492533