Best Engineering Courses for a bright and prosperous career- Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is the pioneer of all Engineering studies and also composes of various other streams of engineering too. It evolved in the wake of 18th century from the roots of Military Science. From the construction of houses to temples to palaces to cities to dams to railroads to roads to bridges to mines, every structure requires the expertise of a civil engineer.

The job of a civil engineer is to get himself involved in all stages of the constructional activities of different projects. They make plans and designs of various infrastructures such as buildings, roads and bridges. Also a prime duty of a civil engineer is to supervise the constructional works for which he has laid out plans. They have to cross check to identify any deviation from proposed plan and this would require excellent skills in both supervision and administration. At first comes the planning and this stage involves analysis of the site, studying the feasibility and finding solutions to the various difficulties involved in the designing of the structures.

This particular branch of study is offered by many universities and colleges in India. And it is worthy to mention here that our state also has a long list of quality institutions for carrying out this course that have more than a decade of experience as this course is the very first to have been introduced in engineering studies in our country. Those who wish to pursue B.Tech in this branch can join in any of the colleges/universities after the successful completion of their higher secondary education. The career opportunities for the students are bright nowadays in civil industry.

Various disciplines of civil engineering:

The following are the various sub branches of Civil Engineering Department namely:
a) Geo informatics
b) Environmental Engineering
c) Agricultural Engineering
d) Architecture
e) Town and Country Planning
f) Soil Technology
g) Ocean and Coastal Engineering

Subjects covered in B.Tech Civil Engineering Courses:

B.Tech Civil engineering has regained its lost lust mainly because of fall of popularity of IT sector for the past two years. So before opting for this course we need to know in detail about the topics taught in the curriculum to make an informed decision. The various subjects taught during your stream of 4 year Engineering course are:
a) Architectural techniques
b) Geographical Science
c) CAD (Computer Aided Building Design)
d) Environmental Science
e) Hydraulics
f) Soil fertility engineering
g) Land surveying
h) RCC (Reinforced Cement Concrete) construction
i) Iron and wood construction
j) Railway
k) Airport and Harbour Engineering
l) Waste water management
m) Management Principles
n) Irrigational Engineering
o) Constructional operation and Earthquake Engineering

Various careers in Civil Engineering:

Civil Engineering industry has a lot of scope in the near future as the industry faces rising need for more skilled civil engineers every year. Civil Engineers are recruited as Site Engineers, Managers, Assistant Engineers, Project Engineers, Supervisors, Quality Controller, Planning Engineer, Estimator and Cost Analyst, Marketing Research Associates/Analyst, Finishing Engineers, Sales Executives, Port Engineers, Multimedia and BIM Trainer, Civil CADD Engineer, QS/QA/QC Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, AutoCAD Draftsman, Software Sales Engineer and Networking and IT Field Engineers. Additionally there are also many jobs are awaiting in government sector and PSU Companies. You can also start your own business by establishing your own construction firm.

Geo Informatics, a branch of Civil Engineering uses Cartography (map based technology) to resolve issues in Land engineering. This field also has a hefty of job opportunities in the fields of Geodesy, Global Navigation, Satellite Systems, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis and Web Mapping. According to Wikipedia definition “Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings”. People who choose this profession as their career have an exclusive privilege of building structures that help people and thereby provides high levels of job satisfaction than any other job.

List of career options in Civil Engineering:

Career opportunities for the graduates belonging to this branch are huge at present. For the past decade or so the infrastructure and real estate industries are booming and hence the industry faces an acute shortage of qualified civil engineers. Now civil engineers are presented with opportunities in abroad also as various international infrastructure organisations are recruiting them for different types of constructional works.

Civil Engineering professionals have also an option of pursuing a career in the teaching field. They can easily get into several government and private engineering colleges as lecturers, professors or assistant professors. Sometimes a post graduation in Civil engineering is required for teaching. In such cases these professionals may even work in many research & development projects. After completion of their under graduation these professionals can get employed in various consultancy firms, road projects, infrastructure works, housing societies etc., undertaken by local and union government as well as by private companies and railway departments. The demand and salary will increase as they get more and more experienced. The remuneration for them will also be relatively high compared to that of others.

Scope for higher studies after B.Tech in Civil Engineering:

These days no student wants to land up in a job after his under graduation as he may get lost in the amount of competition currently prevailing in our country. Also as young engineers nowadays want to fill up the higher managerial positions with a handsome salary; the demand for higher studies in every discipline is highly debated. So while selecting a course the ability to pursue higher education in the same field plays an important part and civil engineering does not disappoint us in this frontier too as the graduates are left with many options to choose from interms of post graduation. They can pursue courses in master’s level as well as at the doctoral level.

Many colleges and universities of our nation offer M.Tech in Civil engineering with a range of different specializations for students to choose from based on their area of interest. The various specializations in M.Tech Civil Engineering are
• M.Tech. in Civil Engineering – Building Technology and Construction Management
• M.Tech. in Civil Engineering – Environmental Engineering
• M.Tech. in Civil Engineering – Geotechnical Engineering
• M.Tech. in Civil Engineering – Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
• M.Tech. in Civil Engineering – Structural Engineering
• M.Tech. in Civil Engineering – Transportation Engineering

To join M.Tech in this branch at first the candidates have to qualify the GATE exams to get admitted in various colleges. Apart from doing M.Tech courses, students can also opt to do an MBA. Various specializations are available during the course of the MBA as well.

Civil Engineering along with its associated branches of study never loses its significance. So we recommend students to choose this branch without much of hesitation. Come let us build a strong nation by becoming talented civil Engineers.

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Best Courses for B.E/B.Tech Admissions 2016 Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering

B.Tech graduation in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering course is available in Chennai IIT and in some very few colleges. Ocean Engineers plan and design various devices that are required by sea voyagers and marine ecologists under various circumstances. This is a challenging course as it demands physical fitness and the ability to perform well both individually and in a team at crunch situations. B.Tech Graduates of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering can find numerous job opportunities in Military, Oil fields and Sea Transport departments in both public and private sector.

Subjects taught in B.Tech (Naval Arch & Ocean Engg):

1) Ship Theory
2) Analysis of Structures
3) Ship Resistance and Propulsion
4) Fluid Mechanics
5) Ship Structures
6) Ship Design
7) Marine Engineering
8) Vibration of Marine Structures and Acoustics
9) Dynamics of Floating Systems and Marine Vehicles

Scope of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers:

Ocean Engineers have vast job opportunities in Consultancy, Marketing and Sales, Operations, Regulation, Surveying and Overseeing, Research and Development, Education and Training apart from conventional positions such as designers and construction supervisors. Each kind of job has its own distinguished feature and provides ample opportunities for imagination and initiative in a wide range of managerial and technical posts.

Various Positions & Job Roles of Ocean Engineers:

Ocean Engineers serve a wide range of posts spanning across multiple sectors. A few of the job positions that Ocean Engineers occupy and their responsibilities are as follows:

a) As a Coastal Engineer:

Here they deal with dynamic interaction of ocean and shore by creating shore protection equipments like breakwaters, jetties etc., they also play their part in designing harbors and ports too!

b) As Offshore Engineer:

In this position Engineers design huge structures like steel jacket structures, tension-leg platforms and concrete gravity platforms that could withstand severe ocean currents.

c) As Environmental Engineer:

A career as Environmental Engineer gives a sense of fulfillment as we can play a vital role to protect the seas from the ill effects of human activities. We can also involve ourselves in utilizing or harvesting the resources of the ocean such as wave energy, tidal power, minerals and thermal energy.

Target Industries for Ocean and Naval Architect Engineers:

There are abundant jobs available for Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers in private, corporate, educational and government sectors. Some main industries of this sector available are:
i) Offshore Oil Recovery
ii) Marine metals and corrosion
iii) Environmental Protection
iv) Global Climate Monitoring
v) Renewable Energy
vi) Underwater Vehicles
vii) Remote Sensing
viii) Marine Transportation
ix) Naval Architecture and Defense

Career paths of Naval/Ocean Engineers:

Based on your area of interest you can choose various career paths that best suits your career aspiration from the below list:

a) Design Office:

As a design office engineer, Naval/Ocean Engineers are employed by various boat and ship builders, design consultants, offshore constructors for submarines and ships of Navy and Ministry of Defense.

b) Field Engineer:

By becoming a site engineer, we can get to work with large and small ship builders and repairers for construction and repair purposes. Additionally Field Engineers are also involved in maintenance and repair of submarines, naval ships, ports, harbours and other offshore structures.

c) Consultant:

By working as consultant, Ocean Engineers and Naval Architects can provide valuable engineering solutions, commercial and technical guidance to the clients. Also they can do project management for concept design studies, new vessel constructions, new offshore structure developments, conversions and refits.

d) Ship Surveyor:

By becoming a Ship Surveyor Naval Architects/ Ocean Engineers get a chance to engage themselves worldwide in evaluating the safety of marine structures and ships on the basis of rules framed by International Maritime Organization.

e) Research and Development:

Offshore R&D is a highly reputed field worldwide. This field is ideally suited for all those post graduate holders in Naval Architect/ Ocean Engineering courses with the desired experience. We can engage in research in industry and universities across the globe.

List of institutes offering courses in Naval Architect/ Ocean Engineering:

1) Indian Institute of Technology Madras
2) Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
3) National Institute of Technology Mangalore
4) National Institute of Technology Calicut
5) Cochin University of Science and Technology
6) Chennai school of Ship Management Mambakkam
7) College of Engineering, Andhra university
8) Institute of Ship building Technology, Goa

Ocean Engineering is a budding field and has already started stamping its mark recently. An advantage in this industry is that not much are yet explored and that leaves ample space for new researches to come through for development of cutting edge technology. Hence career opportunity in this sector will certainly go up within the next few years and the graduates will also get competitive pay as compared to other industries. Since there is severe shortage of qualified Ocean Scientists/ Engineers at present, choosing this course will be ideal if you have that exploratory and research oriented approach.

Naval Architecture is an excellent course and there are a lot of career opportunities lying before us based on the current scenario. You can join a shipyard, a classification society or even a design company. However, the only limitation is that most of the opportunities available right now are located abroad. Our advice is that you try and get inside IIT-KGP or IIT-M or CUSAT or IMU but bear in mind that you must choose a college which is already established and has good alumnus. These factors are instrumental in getting a job and developing your career. Also who knows? May be tomorrow’s greatest inventions in medicine, science and life knowledge could be lying underneath the oceans and you could be unraveling it sooner than later…

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New courses in India

India has grown a lot.. Just visit Google and hit a search for the available courses in India. Wow!! That’s what you call abundance. So many courses are already there and new courses are being initiated on and on every year. This makes the student get into more specific field they love to learn. Few of the bunch of interesting new courses are Food Technology, Gardening Courses, Special Courses about Stock Market, etc.,

New courses in Management:

Here are a few interesting and different Management courses.

  • ·Agriculture Business Management – In a country like India, this is a very interesting course to have a look at. Now farming n agriculture are going hi-fi and this in turn would help an interested student to achieve it the best way.
  • ·Apparel Management – This course is all about clothing and apparel, its creation,design and management. With clothing and apparel becoming one of the most important and vastly growing industries, This will be a nice option for people interested in fashion and quality clothing.
  • ·MBA in Biotechnology – This is an interesting course with science and management in one place. Biotechnology students are so well benefited through this course as it shows the genre’s business side. This course teaches the students how finance,statistics,bioinformatics and bio-statistics also make a part of biotechnology.The students get high posts in biotechnology companies once they finish this course.

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