Civil Engineering is a core branch of Engineering. The entire world we know today is the result of centuries of development in Civil Engineering. It is the second oldest engineering branch, with origins dating back to ancient civilizations of this world.
It is an engineering discipline that combines design, planning, construction and management of environment, both manmade and natural. Civil engineers do more than just designing and constructing buildings. Dams, roads, buildings, canals are examples of physically built structures.
The various jobs performed by a civil engineer includes drawing, sketching, material, planning, site work and resource management, project planning, cost estimation and management, data collection and analysis, site supervision, finance management among others.Career prospects after Diploma in Civil Engineering are increasing exponentially because of the growing demand for engineers worldwide, especially in developing countries.
What is Diploma in Civil Engineering?
Diploma in Civil Engineering is usually a 3 years, full time course. Each academic year is divided into two semesters, and each semester lasts for 6 months. Many countries in the world recognize it as equivalent to Pre-Engineering or Bridging course when considered for continuing studies in engineering related bachelors or associate degree programs.
After the completion of course, students can pursue further studies on an undergraduate level or specialize in certain fields with an advanced diploma. Diploma holders get employment as supervisors, superintendents, technicians, workshop technician, CAD programmers/Trainer, Junior Engineer, Project handlers etc.
Eligibility Criteria: In countries all around the world, including India, people can apply for studying a diploma in engineering after completion of 10th grade or after higher secondary school certificate or 12th grade. Those who have a 12th grade certificate in PCM require only to complete two years technical training excluding first year physics, chemistry, mathematics inter science level subjects.
Further Courses and Opportunities
After completing Diploma in Civil Engineering program, you may continue to study for a Master’s diploma program. Masters in Diploma grants you better job opportunities. Another course you can pursue is Bachelor’s Degree (B.E. /B.Tech.) in Civil Engineering. The most common method of doing so is as follows:
In most Degree Engineering colleges, a small number of seats are usually reserved for Diploma certificate holders, who would switch from diploma to degree. This is known as lateral entry. Diploma holders with good grades can enter into the second year of a B.E./B.Tech. Civil Engineering program directly.
After completing that, you may also pursue a Master’s degree. M.E./M.Tech. Program enables you to specialize in disciplines within the Engineering sector. Some of those 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 Post Graduation courses available after Diploma in Civil Engineering are MBA, PG Diploma programs and PhD programs.
Career Prospects and Job Opportunities
Civil engineering is a core branch of engineering. There are ample amounts of job opportunities available for civil engineering professionals everywhere. Government sector jobs are available in various Central and State Government departments. There is greater number of job vacancies for Diploma holders in the government sector than there are jobs for degree holders.
In railways there is a difference of only INR 400 in grade pay for JE & SSE as in 6th pay commission, which means essentially that Diploma graduates and Degree graduates get paid almost the same amount. Thus, Diploma holders get a higher return on investment, because Diploma courses are usually less expensive than degree programs.
In 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.
Working abroad also has a huge scope through this branch. Gulf countries, where the development of Infrastructure is happening at a fast pace, a huge number of jobs are being generated every year.
Also, New Zealand has a huge deficit of civil engineers. The recent construction projects initiated by the government of New Zealand have created a variety of jobs there. Japan is also one such country where a lot of construction projects, both by the Government of Japan and by private investors, are happening at full swing all year round.
|Job Opportunities in Government Sector||Job Opportunities in Private Sector||Job Profiles Offered Abroad|
|Indian Railways||DLF||Site Engineer|
|DRDO||TATA Realty and Infrastructure||Material/Resource Manager|
|PwD (State-wise)||Reliance Infrastructure||PwD Officer|
|Government Housing Schemes||Hindustan Construction Company||Builder|
|Government-run Ports||IRB Infrastructure||Supervisor|
|Municipal Corporations||Asset Homes||Planning Officer|
|Electricity Boards||CAD Specialist|
|Government Mega Construction Projects||Maintenance Engineer|
|Indian Armed Forces||Restoration Engineer|
Salary of a civil engineer varies depending 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 INR 3- 5 Lacs per year for a fresher, depending on the recruiting company. Abroad, the salary will be much higher than it is in India. With time and experience, salary is sure to increase.
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).
Colleges that offer Civil Diploma
International Institute of Management and Technical Studies
International Institute of Management and Technical Studies, or IIMTS, are located in all prime locations of our country, including Lucknow, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Indore etc. The Institutes offer training Diploma in Civil Engineering after 10th Diploma. The course is a Correspondence program with a duration of 3 years. Fee for the course is a moderate sum of Rs. 64,700, for the entire program, not including Hostel and other charges. The language of education medium is English.
Wisdom School of Management, C.G Road, Ahmedabad Change branch
Wisdom School of Management, Ahmedabad, offers Diploma in Civil Engineering at an undergraduate level. The courseis a distance learning program, with a duration of 3 years. Total fee for the entire program is a gentle Rs. 47,100, not including Hostel and other charges.
Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
LPU, Jalandhar, offers Diploma in Civil Engineering. It is an undergraduate, fulltime course. The duration of the course is 2 years. Total fee for the entire course is hefty, compared to other coleges. Rs 1.06 Lakh is the total fees for the entire course, not including Hostel and other charges.
Galgotias University, Greater Noida
Galgotias University offers Diploma in Engineering. It is also an Undergraduate program, but with a duration of 2 years. Admissions are only offered to 10+2 Certificate holders. The fee for the complete course is Rs. 90,000, not including Hostel and other charges.
Chandigarh University offers a Diploma + B.Tech in Civil. It is an after 10th full time Diploma course. Duration of the course is 6 years. Total fee of the entire proram is Rs. 5.07, not including Hostel and other charges.
Amity University, Noida
Amity University aslo offers a Diploma in Civil Engineering program. It is an undergraduate full time course, with a duration of 2 years. Admissions are only granted to students who complete the 10+2 course with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects. The course fee is a lavish Rs. 6.15 Lakh, not including Hostel and other charges.
Civil Engineering aspirants often wonder whether to pursue diploma or degree if given a choice. We have already established that there are more government jobs being offered for diploma holders in civil engineering as compared to degree holders.
A Diploma is necessary to apply for the post of Junior Engineer, whereas Degree holders usually wait for the post of Assistant Engineers, which has much less vacancies every year in comparison. Also, the course duration of Diploma course in Civil Engineering is a year shorter than a Degree program, which means you can start a job much earlier than if you were enrolled in a Degree program.
Not only will you score a job much earlier than with a Degree program, but the syllabus you study would be proportionately less too. This makes college life much less stressful compared to a Degree program.
However, if you want to continue further studies, you will find that admission into degree courses will be easy compared to the 12th class competition. Also, since you will have to study less, it will bring you less amount of frustration and stress, both during the course and after the course. That is because the job profile of Diploma graduates is less stressful, making it a better option!