Diploma in Environmental Engineering is a 3 years long Diploma certificate program. This course can be pursued by students who have passed 10th standard. In this article, you will be reading details about Diploma in Environmental Engineering course, such as- eligibility criteria, admission process, syllabus, further studies, career prospects and job profiles.
Let us check out what exactly is the field of environmental engineering all about. Next section will clear all your doubts-
Environmental Engineering: Introduction
Environmental Engineering is a branch of engineering that focuses on environmental issues and problems. This branch uses principles of engineering and technology, biology, soil science, chemistry and energy management to address environmental issues and improve the overall quality of the environment- at local as well as global scale.
Global warming, pollution (air, water and land), soil erosion, water scarcity etc are some of the prominent problems faced by environment. Environmental Engineering, through research and development, is working towards addressing these issued and finding solutions.
Waste recycling systems, water recycling systems, water purification systems, renewable energy management systems, toxic waste management systems etc have been created due to the branch of environmental engineering. Of course, this branch makes use of principles of other engineering and science fields such as civil engineering, chemical engineering, biology etc .
Diploma in Environmental Engineering is a 3 years long program. In cases of most institutes offering this course, the academic program is divided into 6 semesters, with each semester lasting for a period of 6 months.
Few institutes are also offering Integrated program- Diploma + B.Tech. Degree in Environmental Engineering.
Diploma in Environmental Engineering course trains students in areas such as- Basic chemistry, Engineering principles, Pollution control, Energy resources, Water management, Waste management, Waste recycling, Environmental science and Soil science.
Students who have passed 10th standard are eligible to pursue this course. This course can also be pursued after 10+2 Science stream (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’ or ‘merit based 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).
To get a better idea about the course structure, I’ve listed down some of the important subjects present in Diploma in Environmental Engineering academic program. Note: Not all subjects present in the academic program have been mentioned below.
1st semester subjects-
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Physics
- Engineering Drawing/Graphics
- Communication Skills
- Environmental Conservation and Hazard Management
2nd semester subjects-
- Elements of Mechanical Engineering
- Building Drawing
- Applied Chemistry
- Applied Mechanics
- Workshop (Practical)
3rd semester subjects-
- Building Materials
- Structural Mechanics
- Environmental Science
4th semester subjects-
- Environmental Pollution
- Structural Design and Drafting
- Construction Technology
- Water Supply and Sewerage System
5th semester subjects-
- Estimating and Costing
- Chemical Treatment of Water and Waste Water
- Industrial Water Pollution
- Solid Waste Management
- Project Work
6th semester subjects-
- Biological Treatment of Waster Water
- Environmental Monitoring
- Air Pollution and Control
- Elective Subject
- Project Work
Note: This is the syllabus of GTU (Gujarat Technological University). 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 Environmental Engineering, under the guidance of faculty members.
Availability of elective subjects may vary from one institute/university to another. Usually, elective subjects are related to topics like- environmental legislation and audit, environmental impact assessment, environmental protection laws and renewable energy.
Further studies and PG courses
After completing Diploma in Environmental Engineering program, one may go for Bachelor’s Degree (B.E./B.Tech.) in Environmental 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. Environmental Engineering program’s 2nd academic year (directly). This way, Diploma holders may make the ‘DtoD’ switch and earn a Bachelor of Engineering/Technology Degree!
After that, one may go for Master’s education or PG Diploma programs. Relevant M.E./M.Tech., M.Sc. and PG Diploma courses will enable one to specialize in disciplines within the Environmental Engineering sector. Some such well known specializations include-
- Air Pollution Control
- Sustainable Design and Construction
- Renewable Energy
- Solid Waste Management
- Toxic Waste Management
- Industrial Waste Management
- Environmental Legislation Audit
If you are interested in management program, you may go for MBA program (after graduation)! After completing Master’s program, if you want to go for further advanced courses, M.Phil. and PhD programs are available in front of you!
Career prospects and job opportunities
Government and private sector job opportunities are available in front of environmental engineers. NGOs are also known to recruit them.
Other than core environmental engineering sector, diploma holders may also find work in allied sectors such as civil engineering and chemical engineering.
PWD, Municipal Corporations, Town/Urban Planning board, Agricultural Departments, Forest Departments, ONGC, OIL, Government operated refineries etc are some of the well known Government sector recruiters.
When it comes to private sector, firms involved in construction, production industries, water resource management firms, power generating firms, mining firms, refineries and chemical manufacturing firms are well known recruiters.
Starting salary depends on a number of different factors. Prominent factors are- profile of the employer, employee skills, aptitude and grades attained by the employee. General starting salary in case of environmental engineers is around 10-20k Rupees per month. In case of Government job, salary will be based on Pay Band and scale.
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