Civil Engineering is the mother of all engineering disciplines. In India, civil engineers form the largest proportion of the engineering workforce. This discipline offers a virtually unlimited range of career opportunities in construction and material management to satisfy individual interests, aptitudes and goals. It may also serve as a transition to other fields like surveying, mining, or environmental engineering. A career in civil engineering may involve teaching, research, consulting, contracting, and management. A career in research provides the civil engineer with the opportunity to examine a vast spectrum of problems ranging from geo-environmental engineering to material science. Recent developments in modern methods of designing civil engineering structures have spurred a growth in computer use. In this area, a career in civil engineering may lead to prominent fields such as computer aided design and computational mechanics. Work in this field may take you around the corner or around the world.
Civil engineers use principles of materials science, structures, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation planning, and solid mechanics to create structures and systems. Civil engineers are involved in the design, construction, and management of highways, railways and transit systems, airports, harbors, bridges, tunnels, canals, irrigation schemes, and buildings. Civil engineers also ensure the availability of high quality water supplies and sewage treatment facilities.
Some of the specialty fields of study in civil engineering are:
- Water resources engineering: This area of expertise is concerned with solving problems associated with the control and safe, sustainable use of water.
- Structural engineering: As the name implies, structural engineers plan and design all kinds of structures including bridges, buildings, containment facilities and towers.
- Analyzing the forces that each structure must resist, these engineers work to produce a safe and economical structure.
- Transportation engineering: These engineers plan, design, construct and operate street systems, highways, railroads, airports, and harbors.
- Geotechnical engineering: The properties of soil and rock are the province of these engineering specialists. They evaluate the potential settlements of buildings, the stability of slopes and fill areas and analyze landslides, seepage of groundwater and the effects of earthquakes.
- Working with structural engineers, geotechnical engineers help in the construction of dams, tunnels and the foundations of buildings.
- Construction engineering: Construction engineers are team leaders who ensure that projects are completed safely, on time and within budget. They use their knowledge of engineering and management to plan and execute projects.
- Municipal engineering. These engineers specialize in systems that support urban centers; designing and building power grids, water treatment and waste management systems, and transportation networks.
Career in Civil Engineering
There is no one typical path for civil engineers but within each subfield the details of a career path can vary. Most engineering graduates start with the basics and as they prove their competence they are given more and more responsible tasks. Senior engineers involve in more complex design works or management of junior engineers or into specialized consulting.
Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the natural built environment including works such as, bridges, roads, canals, dams, airports, highways, buildings, flyovers, tunnels, chimneys and offshore structures. The Branch plays a very critical role in water resource/environment
About the Department of Civil Engineering
- Good team of faculty combined with strong teaching, learning process for innovative ideas.
- Faculty Development Program in place.
- Well stocked department library of Books.
- Track record in Results.
- Field visits, and invited talks.
- Student Counseling & Tutorials.
The department of Civil Engineering has eight well equipped laboratories:
- Engineering Geology Laboratory
- Computer Aided Design Laboratory
- Concrete Technology Laboratory
- Environmental Engineering Laboratory
- Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
- Hydraulics and Hydraulic Machines Laboratory
- Highway Technology Laboratory
- Building Material Testing Laboratory
- Surveying laboratory
These laboratories are effectively utilized for teaching, and for consulting activities. Some of the equipments available in the laboratories are 40 ton UTM, Digital Compression testing machine, Strain and Demac gauges, SSC testing equipments, Spectrophotometer, Muffle furnace, BOD / COD incubator, Autoclaves Total station, Ultrasonic pulse velocity tester, Bump indicator, Bitumen core cutting machine, HADE-E Brookfield Viscometer etc. Hydraulic and Water Resource Engineering laboratory is being equipped with modular experimental units. A new laboratory in Remote Sensing and GIS is being developed.
Software in use includes STAADPRO and AutoCAD. The infrastructure available in the department facilitates the students to develop their skills and knowledge within the framework of curriculum prescribed by RTU. Students are exposed to design and perform analysis of pipelines, hydraulic structures, drainage and sewage system, water and waste water treatment systems remediation of contaminants in subsurface systems etc. The department emphasizes deep understanding of fundamental principles and creative ability to handle the modern challenges in Civil Engineering.