Career Option in Civil Engineering

A. Field Description
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In Civil Engineering, one studies the planning, analysis, design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and buildings that cater to modern life. Civil engineers undertake urban development and community planning in such a way that problems such as pollution, traffic congestion, clean drinking water and energy conservation are solved. They play an important role in linking infrastructure development, space operation, and non-conventional energy to national development and improving quality of living for the 21st century.

B. Education Guide
Education Details & Eligibility

A graduate degree (B.E) or at least a diploma in Civil Engineering is essential to become a civil engineer. Degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by theuniversity , Government colleges and Private colleges in India and around the globe.

Basic eligibility criteria

Class 10 for diploma in Civil Engineering, and +2 (Higher Secondary students) with science group having Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as majors.

Course Duration

Polytechnics, Colleges and university all over India offer these courses as Diploma, undergraduate andpostgraduate degree courses.

The course duration for the various programs is as follows:

    • Diploma in Civil engineering is three years.
    • B.E (Civil engineering) is four years.
    • M.E/ M.Tech are two years.

A civil engineer needs to be up to date with all developments in his field and related areas all his life. While formal education at a college provides the basic readiness needed to enter this field, continuing education is the key to success. Therefore, learning while working either on a regular job, in the field or during summer jobs are important and prepare one to get into regular employment. Gaining professional licensing is often important to career advancement.

Approximate Education Expenses

The total expense for doing degree is as follows

  • B.E - Rs.10, 000/ per year - in Government institutions, Rs. 25,000 in university and Rs. 32,500 in Private institutions.
  • M.E - Rs.10, 000/ per year - in Government institutions, Rs.30, 000 in Universities and Rs.50,000 in Private institutions.

Bank loans and private loans can be easily arranged by directly contacting the banks through the college administrative office.

C. Institutions that offer this course

All Government Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu offer courses in Civil Engineering.
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D. Job Opportunities and Job Roles

Some of the job openings/departments available are:
Site Engineer in Private firms
Assistant Engineer in Government departments
Lecturer in Civil Engineering in colleges
Civil Engineering Consultants
Infrastructure promoters
Scientists in Research Organizations

E. Approximate Salary Range

The salary can be from Rs.20, 000 to Rs.30, 000 for beginners and increases with experience and knowledge.

F. Related Links
Professional Organizations

Becoming members of professional organizations and associations can help one grow in the industry as one can know the developments easily. Associations promote the interests of their members and provide a network of contacts that can help you find jobs and move your career forward. They can offer a variety of services including job referral services, continuing education courses, insurance, travel benefits, periodicals, and meeting and conference opportunities.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 133,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE's vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life.

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