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Environmental Engineering


Environmental Engineers evaluate, study and manage the detrimental effects of human activity on the environment. They find solutions for issues concerning pollution and public health. Their work primarily revolves around three areas - waste management and disposal, reclamation of degraded land and control of pollutants. They also study the impact of technology advancements on environment. With the increasing focus of international and national bodies/ government towards environment conservation, the future prospects for environmental engineers are extremely bright.

Career Opportunities in Environmental Engineering

  • Agricultural Engineers
    An agricultural engineer makes farming sustainable, safe, and environmentally friendly. They analyze agricultural operations and weigh the use of new technologies and methods to increase yields, improve land use, and conserve resources like seed, water, fertilizers, pesticides and fuel.
  • Biologists
    Biologists study biotic forms like plants and animals and the world they live in. It is a good field for people interested in the natural world and who enjoy practical science.
  • Chemical Engineers
    Chemical Engineers work principally in the chemical industry to convert basic raw materials into a variety of products.
  • Analytical Chemists
    Analytical chemists use a diverse range of methods to investigate the chemical nature of substances. The aim of such work is to identify and understand substances and how they behave in different conditions.
  • Recycling Plants
    Environmental Engineers develop technologies to recycle waste material and ensure their proper utilization.
  • Ecologists
    Ecologists are concerned with ecosystems as a whole, the abundance and distribution of organisms (people, plants, animals), and the relationships between organisms and their environment.
  • Legal Consultants
    Environmental Engineers often work as advisors to legal firms dealing with issues and companies involved in environmental degradation.
  • Conservationist
    Environmental Engineers work towards innovating processes related to conservation of air, soil and water. They work with Government, NGOs as well as multinationals engaged in this act.

How to Pursue a Career in Environmental Engineering

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science StreamPursue B.Tech in Environmental Engineering for 4 yearsPursue M.Tech for 2-3 yearsPursue PhD for 2 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science StreamPursue B.Tech + M.Tech (Dual Degree)in Environmental Engineering for 5 years-Pursue PhD for 2 years

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12th or senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some Exams require JEE score as minimum eligibility.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit.

Leading Institutes

Top Environmental Engineering Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Technology Multiple Locations www.iitd.ac.in
Birla Institute of Technology Pilani, Mesra www.bits-pilani.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Calicut Calicut www.nitc.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Silchar Silchar www.nits.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal Surathkal www.nitk.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Bhopal Bhopal www.manit.ac.in
Vellore Institute of Technology Chennai www.vit.ac.in
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad Dhanbad www.ism.ac.in
Gautam Buddh Technical University Noida, Uttar Pradesh www.gbu.ac.in
Ch. B.P. Government Engineering College New Delhi www.gecdelhi.ac.in
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh www.aktu.ac.in
Cochin University of Science & Technology Kochi www.cusat.ac.in
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University New Delhi www.ipu.ac.in
Jagan Nath University Jaipur, Rajasthan www.jagannathuniversity.org
Manipal University Manipal, Jaipur www.manipal.edu
Pondicherry University School of Engineering and Technology Puducherry www.pec.edu
Anna University Chennai www.annauniv.edu
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore www.tnau.ac.in
Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology Karnataka www.vtu.ac.in
Top Environmental Engineering Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom www.manchester.ac.uk
University of Bristol City of Bristol, United Kingdom www.bristol.ac.uk
Cornell University United States www.cornell.edu
University College London London, United Kingdom www.ucl.ac.uk
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom www.imperial.ac.uk
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States www.web.mit.edu
Stanford University United States www.stanford.edu
Harvard University United States www.harvard.edu
National University of Singapore Singapore www.nus.edu.sg
California Institute of Technology United States www.caltech.edu
University of Michigan United States www.umich.edu
University of Toronto Canada www.utoronto.ca
University of Queensland Australia www.uq.edu.au

Environmental Engineering Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.jeemain.nic.in
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) May/June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.jeeadv.ac.in
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission (BITSAT) May Mathematics/BiologyMathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, Logical Reasoning English www.bitsadmission.com/bitsatmain.aspx
Education Promotion Society of India National Admission Test (ENAT) April/May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English www.epsfi.org
Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE) April Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, English www.vit.ac.in
University of Delhi Combined Entrance Exam (DU-CET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.dtu.ac.in
Consortium Medical, Engineering & Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.comedk.org
Admission Test for ICFAI Science & Technology (ATIT) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English www.icfaiuniversity.in/atit/btech_program.html
Combined Written Admission Test (CWAT) May/June Botany Zoology Physics, Chemistry, www.acds.co.in
SRM University Engineering Exam (SRMUEE) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.srmuniv.ac.in
Manipal University Online Entrance Exam (MU-OEE) March/April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.manipal.edu
Indraprastha University Common EntranceTest (IPUCET) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.ipu.ac.in
Indian Maritime University Common Entrance Test (IMUCET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.imu.edu.in
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) (Postgraduate) Jan/Feb All Branches of engineering www.gate.iisc.ernet.in

Work Description

  • Supervise the design of systems, processes, or equipments for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation of projects, including remediation system designing or determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of projects on air, water, or land.
  • Prepare, maintain, or revise quality assurance documentation or procedures.
  • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.
  • Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, or planning or reviewing database development.

Pros & Cons of a Career in Environmental Engineering

  • Can work in a number of settings. No need to be restricted to Office.
  • Most work is to be done in a team, which is less burdening.
  • Satisfaction of helping the environment.
  • Having to deal with deadlines can be stressful.
  • Working in polluted or hazardous environment much of the time.
  • Salary will only increase with experience and hard-work.
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