Diploma in Civil Engineering: Details, Scope, Jobs & Salary

Diploma in Civil Engineering is a 3 years long Diploma certificate program. After passing 10th standard, students are eligible to pursue this program. In this article, you will be reading about Diploma in Civil Engineering course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, syllabus, further studies, career prospects and job profiles.

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Here is a quick overview of Diploma in Civil Engineering course –

Name of the course Diploma in Civil Engineering
Duration 3 years
Type of course Diploma (Engineering)
Format of the course Semester system (6 months each)

Civil Engineering: Introduction

Civil Engineering is one of the core branches of engineering. It is the second oldest engineering branch. It is an engineering discipline that focuses on design, planning, construction and maintenance of physically built as well as natural environment. Also check – List of government jobs after completing diploma in India.


It is a very diverse field, consisting of various sub branches. Dams, roads, buildings, canals etc are examples of physically built structures.


When we think about civil engineering, the first thing that comes to our mind is buildings! But civil engineers do more than just designing and constructing buildings! Civil engineers have the potential to work across various industries that require construction.


This discipline is made up of various sub branches. These sub branches can also be treated as areas of specialization. Some such well known sub branches of civil engineering are-

  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Town/City Planning Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Coastal Engineering


Note: There are even more sub branches available. I’ve listed the most important ones only.


The work of a civil engineer involves lots of drawing, sketching, planning, site work, material and human resource management, cost estimation, project planning and management, data collection and analysis, site supervision and finance management.


To become a successful civil engineer, one must possess a set of skills and qualities. They are-

  • Good at mathematics and numbers
  • Good at drawing, planning and sketching
  • Good at reading plans
  • Good at surveying
  • Good at cost estimation and finance management
  • Good computer knowledge (especially CAD)
  • Resource and man management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Time management, ability to respect deadlines
  • Knowledge about environmental and legal aspects


Let us check out important course details now-


Diploma in Civil Engineering: Course details

Diploma in Civil Engineering is a 3 years long program. It follows the semester system of learning. Each academic year is divided into two semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months.


Few institutes are also offering Integrated program- Diploma + B.Tech. Degree in Civil Engineering.


Diploma in Civil Engineering course trains students in areas such as- surveying, resource management, planning, cost estimation, construction technology, safety management, project management, environmental science etc.


Eligibility criteria

Students who have passed 10th standard are eligible to pursue this course. This course can also be pursued after 10+2 Science stream schooling too (Mathematics group)!


Admission process and Colleges

Many polytechnic, technical education and engineering institutes across India are offering this program. Most institutes usually have the ‘direct admission’ process. Interested students have to approach the institute and fill up the admission form. Seats will be allotted to deserving students on the basis of marks scored by them in 10th board examination (usually in Mathematics and Science subjects).


Diploma in Civil Engineering syllabus

To get a better idea about the course structure, let us go through a list of important subjects present in this program. Note: Only the important subjects have been mentioned.


1st semester subjects-

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Graphics/Drawing
  • Computer Programming and Utilization
  • Environmental Science


2nd semester subjects-

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Building Drawing
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Workshop (Practical)


3rd semester subjects-

  • Building Materials
  • Construction Technology
  • Hydraulics
  • Surveying
  • Structural Mechanics


4th semester subjects-

  • Structural Mechanics
  • Advanced Surveying
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Water Resource Management
  • Transportation Engineering
  • CAD (Computer Aided Drawing/Design)


5th semester subjects-

  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Water Supply Engineering
  • Concrete Technology
  • Cost Evaluation and Estimation
  • Elective Subject
  • Project Work


6th semester subjects-

  • RCC Design
  • Project Management
  • Quality Control and Monitoring
  • Elective Subjects
  • Project Work


Syllabus and course structure may vary from one University/State to another. However, the core subjects and syllabus will remain the same. Most of the subjects mentioned above have both theoretical studies and practical sessions associated with them. In case of last year (5th and 6th semesters), project work is present. Students will have to undertake and complete a project work related to the field of Civil Engineering, under the guidance of faculty members.


Elective subjects may vary from one institute/university to another. Some of the well known elective subjects are- Railway Engineering, Building Services, Maintenance & Restoration Engineering, Ground Water Engineering, Waster Water Management, Highway Engineering and Irrigation Engineering.


Higher studies and PG courses

After completing Diploma in Civil Engineering program, one may go for Bachelor’s Degree (B.E./B.Tech.) in Civil Engineering! In most Degree Engineering colleges, certain percentages of seats are reserved for Diploma certificate holders. This entry is known as the lateral entry. Diploma holders with good grade may make use of lateral entry and join B.E./B.Tech. Civil Engineering program’s 2nd academic year (directly). This way, Diploma holders may make the ‘DtoD’ switch and earn a Bachelor of Engineering/Technology Degree!


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After that, one may go for Master’s education. M.E./M.Tech. program will enable one to specialize in disciplines within the Computer Engineering sector. Some such areas of specialization are-

  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sanitary Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Town/City Planning Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Irrigation Engineering


Some other PG courses available are MBA, PG Diploma programs and PhD programs.


Diploma in Civil Engineering jobs & scope

Civil engineering is a core engineering branch. It is an evergreen branch. This means that ample amounts of job opportunities are available in front of civil engineering professionals!


Government sector jobs are available in various Central and State Government departments. Some such well known recruiters are-

  • Indian Railways
  • ONGC
  • DRDO
  • PWD (State Wise)
  • Government Housing Schemes
  • Government run Ports
  • Municipal Corporations (Town/Rural Planning and Development)
  • Electricity Boards
  • Government Mega Construction Projects (Dams, Highways, Roads, Bridges)
  • Indian Armed Forces
  • NHAI
  • Water Boards


Coming to the private sector, civil engineers may find work in construction consultation companies, Construction and Developer firms, Contractors, Building material supply firms or any other industry that is dependent on construction. Some of the well known recruiters are-

  • DLF
  • L&T Infrastructure
  • TATA Realty and Infrastructure
  • Reliance Infrastructure
  • Hindustan Construction Company
  • IRB Infrastructure
  • Asset Homes


Common job profiles available in front of Civil Engineering professionals include-

  • Site Engineer
  • Contractor
  • Material/Resource Manager
  • PWD Officer
  • Builder
  • Supervisor
  • Planning Officer
  • CAD specialist
  • Maintenance/Restoration/Rehabilitation Engineer


‘Work abroad’ scope associated with this branch is also very good. Gulf countries, where infrastructure development is going on at good pace, are generating numerous job opportunities.



Starting salary depends on a number of factors. Prominent factors are profile of the employer, grades attained by the employee and college from which the employee has graduated. Average starting salary is around 3,00,000 to 5,00,000 Rupees per year. Abroad, the salary will be much higher than it is in India. With time and experience, salary will rise.


In case of a Government job, the salary will be based on the Pay Scale and Grade of the employee. This salary figure will improve after a fixed period of time (as per Government rules).

Arun Kallarackal
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