Environmental engineering is a division of engineering that applies the knowledge of science and engineering principles to preserve and improve the environment such as water, air and soil resources in order to provide healthy environment. Through increased use of chemicals in industry and agricultural, the environment has become severely polluted. Skilled professionals in this field are called as environmental engineers. They are concerned with nationwide and worldwide environmental issues. They study and try to reduce the effects of ozone depletion, global warming, automobile emissions and acid rain. They are also concerned in the protection of wildlife.
Scope in environmental sciences: –
Environmental engineers and scientists are playing a major role in protecting the environment. Many environmental scientists and biologists are being employed in textile mills, refineries, fertilizer plants, food processing, distilleries, mines and other industries in order to for monitoring the levels of pollution. Even NGO’s are employing a large number of environmentalists. The industries have become more conscious about the environmental issues and henceforth want to manage their resources in a better way.
List of Courses: –
- Diploma in Environmental Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering
- Master of Engineering in Environment Management
- Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
- Master of Technology in Environmental Engineering
- Master of Technology in Environmental Management
- Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
- Masters of Philosophy in Environmental Technology
For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E). The duration for the course is 4 years.
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 for the course is 2 years.
Some of its specialized fields are: –
- Public Health
- Industrial Hygiene
- Radiation Protection
- Air Pollution Control
- Land Management
- Wastewater Management
- Solid Waste Disposal
- Toxic Materials Control
- Geo-Environmental Engineering
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Design and Construction of Landfills
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
- Super yacht 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.
Some of the leading private corporate firms employ environmental engineers for various requirements: –
- SPML Infra Limited
- Sima Labs Pvt Ltd.
- Kalpan Hydro Company
- Goodrich Corporation
- Brunel India Pvt Ltd
- Privi Organics Limited
- Brunel India Pvt Ltd
- Dresser-Rand India Pvt Ltd
- The Indure Private Limited