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Career as Civil Engineer

The profession of Civil Engineer is not something people don’t know. It is all about designing, constructing and supervising the building while ensuring the urban man-made structure is being made. It is related to roads, bridges, buildings, canals and water supply too. The work for societal growth and improvement is what basically a Civil Engineer does. It thus helps in creating the most innovative infrastructure to meet the environmental standards while ensuring the modern living is rightly met.

Job Profile

Career as Civil Engineer

Be it planning, looking after the construction or designing and maintenance part an engineer is expected to be extremely active and highly approachable. It is expected from an engineer to analyze the mapping, create the reports, work on blueprints, maps and drawing and aerial photography too. The Civil Engineer will also have to plan and do the designing part of the transportation and even the hydraulic systems and structures with the help of designing software and some other crucial drawing tools. 

Moving further comes the water flow rating grade need and even the material stress issues of understanding the design specification are important too. It is important for inspecting the sites of the project to make sure the monitoring is rightly done while ensuring the specification of the designing is done while safety standards are also met.

Further, Civil Engineers need to also focus directly on the operation construction and even the activities associated with maintenance at the site of the project. That is not it! The Civil Engineer then also must focus on creating the bidding proposals, environmental impact statements, and even deeds and property descriptions. 

There are different job roles which a Civil Engineer can do and work with Property developers, Government departments, Environmental agencies, Local government authorities to name some. The expected salary of the freshers can go around Rs 6 to Rs 7 lakh per annum while the expert chartered Civil Engineer can earn more than eight lakh per annum. As per the reports, the median rage of the engineers in the civil background may have a salary varying between Rs 10 to 15 lakh per annum.

Future Growth Prospects and How to get there faster

There surely is no dead-end for a career in Civil Engineering. There are so many job roles which an aspirant is expected to be doing that includes constructing, designing, surprising and even taking care of the buildings and systems surrounding us. To get at that level where an engineer can lead a team, it is expected for the aspirant to undergo ample training and short term courses and also get to be a part of the firm right after the graduation. The more experience you have, the better you have the scope to grow at a faster pace.

Pros and Cons of being a Civil Engineer

Pros

  1. The qualified Civil Engineer can enjoy decent pay and job stability is quite good.

  2. There surely are ample job opportunities available. You can say this is an evergreen opportunity that you can come across.

  3. There is a great scope for the engineers to be a part of projects based in Gulf countries and the pay package for the same will, of course, be higher too.

  4. There are great opportunities in the government sector as well which includes in areas of Indian railways, armed forces and municipal corporations too.

Cons

  1. There are no specific working hours. The project if is challenging and time taking, then an engineer will have to extend the deadlines

  2. The site of the project includes hosting heavy constructions, building and materials too which measures there are high chances for the person to have a common occurrence of dust, pollution and work accidents at sites

  3. The outdoor location can be fun, but often, engineers may also have to work in hostile areas where they might not even get to have their own time

How do I get there?

To become a Civil Engineer, it is expected for the aspirant to have at least a bachelor’s degree in B.Eng. It is a 3-year course. Post that there are also many 4 year courses that an aspirant can opt for. It also includes the practical experience from the Civil Engineering firm that would give you the M.Eng qualification. There is no denying the fact that competition for the courses has increased and there are so many candidates who now look forward to getting to the top. But they need to score at least an ‘A’ in mathematics, physics and even some relevant subject like geography and design too.

While choosing a particular course, you need to make sure it is accredited with the council of engineering. It will be an added advantage for an aspirant if he becomes a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Along with the graduation program, a paid internship can be an added advantage. The training under a licensed professional engineer is a must with two professional exams being cleared.

How much does it cost?

Surely to get the right graduation and training to be an aspiring Civil Engineer is not so easy. But yes, you need to be clear of the fact that a Civil Engineer must have good finance to get to the best of the colleges. The gradation would itself take more than five lacs, but for this, an entrance test is expected to be cleared. Moving further, about the tuition fees, it can be between Rs 2 to 4 lakh in most of the private colleges.

What are the Top Colleges where one should be studying to become a Civil engineer?

Rank of College 

Name of College, City

Program Fees 

1

Vellore Institute of Technology

Bachelor's in Civil Engineering– Rs 82000 for 1st year

2

College of Engineering

Bachelor's in Civil Engineering– Rs 125000 for 1st year

3

Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology

Bachelor's in Civil Engineering– Rs 85350 for 1st year

4

Indian Institute of Technology

Bachelor's in Civil Engineering– Rs 135000 for 1st year

5

Malaviya National Institute of Technology

Bachelor's in Civil Engineering– Rs 66000 for 1st year

6

PES University

Bachelor's in Civil Engineering– Rs 151000 for 1st year

Books and other Study Material

Some of the best-known books to refer are:
  • LRFD Steel Design by Sequi
  • AISC Steel Construction Manual
  • Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures by McCormac
  • Foundation Engineering by Das 

What if this career does not work out for me? What are the other options for a person with these credentials?

There are so many other career opportunities that are more or less similar to this such as construction design and supervision, municipal engineering, transportation engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental protection, highways engineering, or technical sales.

Content on this page is by Career Expert
Mrs. Kum Kum Tandon
MA (Psychology), M.Ed, Diploma in Educational Psychology, Vocational Guidance & Counseling (NCERT, Delhi) | View Complete Profile
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