Environmental Engineering has become one of the most sought-after career options, due to the growing concern about the unpredictability of the environment. Earlier environmental engineering programs were taught in other fields of engineering (i.e civil and chemical). By the mid-end of the 20th century, this field was recognized as a separate engineering discipline because of the widespread public concern about water and pollution.
Environmental Engineering related to Environmental science, is a broad field that applies the principles of science and engineering to protect and improve environmental conditions. The field focuses on design and technology for improving environmental quality.
The main areas of environmental engineering include air pollution control, industrial hygiene, radiation protection, hazardous waste management, toxic materials control, recycling, water supply, wastewater management, stormwater management, solid waste disposal, public health and land management. Within each of these major categories, there are many subcategories.
Environmental engineers are technical experts concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. They combine the principles of biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems and work in a wide variety of settings with various engineering mechanisms. The major task of environmental engineers is to protect public health by preserving and enhancing the environment. They are engaged in designing various pollution control equipment and devices, construction, installation, implementation and operation of environmentally-related procedures. They are also involved in the protection of wildlife, conduct research on proposed environmental projects, analyze scientific data, perform quality control checks and design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. Environmental engineers also attempt to prevent the production and repercussion of acid rain, global warming, ozone depletion as well as harmful automobile emissions.
Those who have a strong commitment to the environment can make a successful career in this field. Environmental engineers are broadly educated and technically trained in the environmental field to address the spectrum of issues facing the environment. The subjects of study include not only mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering design but a range of disciplines like biology, microbiology, ecology, public health, geology, meteorology, economics, political science and computer science.
Personal Skills : Besides basic engineering training and education, environmental engineers should possess detail orientation, organization, logical thinking and analytical skills. They must have keen science and mathematics skills and the ability to apply environmental engineering principles to a variety of tasks. As they have to deal with different individuals, they must have good communication skill and a knack for explaining environmental engineering topics. Ability to work as a team, creative and flexible mind, scientific aptitude, decision making and problem-solving skill are some other needed attributes.
M.Tech. Environmental Engineering Syllabus
The following are study related subjects:-
- Process Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Treatment
- Physico-chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
- Air and Noise Pollution
- Elective 1
- Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
- Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
- Elective 2
- Elective 3
- Project & Thesis Phase 1
- Project & Thesis Phase 2
Eligibility & Admission Process:
The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor’s degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration of the course is 2 years.
- Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam
- Bharath Institute of Science and Technology
- Bharath University, Chennai
- Biju Patnaik University of Technology
- Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
- BMS College of Engineering
- Bundelkhand Institute of Engineering & Technology (BIET), Jhansi
- College of Engineering, Trivandrum (COE T)
- Doon College of Engineering and Technology
- Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University
- Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute University
- Gautam Buddha University (GBU)
- Government College of Engineering – Aurangabad
- Government College of Engineering, Amravati (M.S)
- Government Engineering College (GEC)
- Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology
- Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana (GNDEC-L)
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee
- Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT)
Job Prospects & Salaries:
There are diverse career opportunities in this field for young aspirants. Skilled professionals from this field are increasing day by day. Environment engineers can seek employment in private as well as government organizations, corporations and NGOs. They also work as designers, pollution control officers, society workers, planners, operators of facilities, researchers and professors. Environmental engineers can also seek employment in various industries such as pharmaceutical companies, production firms and utilities. And many other businesses require specialists and engineers to meet environmental protection requirements.
Some job profiles: –
- Drilling Personnel
- Lead Project Engineer
- Senior ROV Technician
- Marine Mammal Observer
- Superyacht Housekeeper
- Sr. Reservoir Engineer
- Technical Engineering Manager
- Seismic Acquisition Consultant
Candidates after completion of their course in B.E/ B.Tech in environmental engineering can earn their initial salary around Rs. 15,000 – Rs.30,000 every month. Candidates with a postgraduate degree can earn initially within the range of Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 50,000 and those with a Ph.D degree can earn in between Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 75,000. A licensed engineer can expect a salary of Rs.1 lakh per month. MNCs operating on environment projects offer lucrative pay packages and perks to environmental engineers. Scientists who are working in government sector can start earning in the range of Rs. 12,000 to Rs 18,000 per month.