Civil Engineering and Building

Civil Engineering and Building

Prof George Mathews Ochieng’

Head of Department

Areas of expertise

Water Resources Engineering & Modelling, Hydraulics, & Geotechnical Engineering

Areas of interest

GIS Application in Water Engineering, Water Resources Planning & Management, & Climate Action


A word of welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering and Building (DCEB) of the Vaal University of Technology. At DCEB, we pride ourselves in delivering world-class trained graduates who are focused, result oriented, and solution providers that contribute to the development and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructure locally, regionally, and internationally. As one of the four (4) departments of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the Vaal University of Technology, the Department of Civil Engineering & Building focuses its teaching and learning, research, and community engagement and partnership activities on bringing contemporary, relevant, and competitive knowledge to industry, education, and society.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Building is one of the few Universities of Technology in South Africa that offers a one-stop shop set of programmes that offer coherent pathways to educational benchmarks identified for professional registration as engineering technicians and technologists by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Our programmes are accredited by statutory and professional bodies at both national and international levels either directly or through internationally recognised affiliations.

Motto: It is Civil to be a Civil Engineering Professional
Vision: To be the department of choice in the Built Environment Engineering.
Mission: To empower our graduates by:

Providing effective and relevant teaching and learning in the Built Environment Engineering.

Supporting learning and growth of staff to be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to adequately prepare our graduates for the world of work.

Conducting basic and applied research relevant to the needs of the community.

Addressing the community’s engineering and technological needs.

Partnering with the private and public sector to enhance training of an engaged workforce.