M.Tech. in Water Resources Engineering is a 2- year, full- time course divided into 4 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. Water Resources Engineering is a specialty of civil engineering that focuses on water supplies, irrigation and waste disposal. It also addresses methods for controlling water to avoid water-related damage and catastrophes.
Students also have the option of pursuing courses in civil, environmental or structural engineering while specializing in water resources. Regardless of the type of degree, undergraduate and graduate programs in water resources engineering require a solid foundation in science and technology.
Major course work addresses topics in fluid mechanics, water quality, resource development, subsurface hydrology and aquatic transport. Graduate-level students can sometimes choose to focus on subsurface water, surface water or watershed modelling.
Students who specialize in water resources engineering prepare for a number of engineering related jobs that require knowledge of hydrology, fluid mechanics or water transport. Opportunities could be found in agriculture, manufacturing, government and business.
Experts in water resources engineering might work in any of government and private sectors, or academia, or even as City Planners.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 40,000 and 2,50,000, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 3 and 16 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification|
|Admission Process||GATE or other such entrance exams|
|Course Fee||INR 40,000 to 2,50,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3,00,000 to 16,00,000|
Water Resource Engineering is the offshoot of civil engineering that involves the design of new systems and equipment that help manage human water resources. Some of the areas that Water Resource Engineers work in are water treatment facilities, underground wells, and natural springs.
Water Resource Engineers are responsible for creating new equipment and systems to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of water treatment and aquatic resource management. A typical workday involves the analysis of data from relevant areas, then designing new or improved facilities to enhance the cleansing effects of the water treatment system.
A Water Resource Engineer must take budgetary constraints, government regulations, and other factors into consideration when designing these systems. A Water Resource Engineer may then oversee the construction and implementation of these systems to ensure that they are properly assembled. Upon completion, they may manage the maintenance of these systems.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.
|COLLEGE NAME||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES IN INR|
|College of engineering and technology||Bhubaneswar||INR 1,70,000|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring students need to have completed B.E/ B.Tech., or equivalent qualification from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.
The admission process for the course is varied, as various institutes have their very own criteria and processes of admission. Admission to the course in any of the IIT is based on the candidate’s performance in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
All candidate seeking admission to the course are supposed to qualify the GATE, followed by a round of counselling, based on performance in which, students are admitted.
A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Advanced fluid mechanics|
|Open channel hydraulics|
|Water resources planning and systems engineering|
|Design of hydraulic structures|
|Ground water engineering|
|Advanced irrigation engineering and drainage|
|Modeling analysis and simulation|
Water Resource Engineers spend most of their time in an office looking over data and designing new water resource management systems. However, part of the work day may be spent at construction sites, allowing the Engineer to oversee the construction of their designs. They may also find themselves in more industrial environments when supervising maintenance on advanced equipment. Some Water Resource Engineers choose to travel abroad to participate in large engineering projects.
Responsibilities include the design of hydraulic structures, such as sewage conduits, dams and breakwaters, the management of waterways, such as erosion protection and flood protection, and environmental management, such as prediction of the mixing and transport of pollutants in surface water. Hydroelectric-power development, water supply, irrigation and navigation are some familiar applications of water resources engineering involving judicious utilization of water for beneficial purposes.
Water Resource Engineers not only design these water management systems, but often oversee the construction and maintenance of these systems as well. An increasing population and continuous need for more clean water stimulates this fast-growing industry.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Research Associate||They purchase and/or recommend purchase of new equipment for research projects; under the direction of the principal investigator, generally responsible for the scientific operations of the laboratory. They may also supervise laboratory/unit personnel.||INR 3,00,000|
|Climate Modeler||They use quantitative methods to simulate the interactions of the important drivers of climate, including atmosphere, oceans, land surface and ice. They study the dynamics of the climate system for projections of future climate.||INR 6,00,000|
|Design Manager||They manage and assemble graphics teams and departments. They are extremely innovative, artistic and creative. Managers often collaborate on projects with their colleagues, delegate tasks and check for quality and consistency.||INR 16,00,000|
|Site Engineer||They offer advice in the planning, co-ordination and supervision of technical aspects of construction projects. Their role is vital to a construction project, since they have a number of responsibilities including solving technical issues, providing advice, management and preparing reports.||INR 3,25,000|
|Water Resource Engineer||Water Resource Engineers develop new equipment and systems for water resource management facilities. The systems that they create ensure that citizens are provided with a continuous supply of clean, uncontaminated water for drinking, living, and recreational purposes.||INR 5,40,000|