Water engineers supply, manage and maintain clean water and sewerage/waste water services and prevent flood damage.
Water engineer is a generic title given to engineers who specialize in water-based projects; many have a civil engineering or environmental background.
You may work with a variety of different liquids but generally deal with the provision of clean water, disposal of waste water and sewage and prevention of flood damage.
Employers of water engineers
- Water companies
- Local authority environmental health departments
- Charities such as WaterAid
- producing designs, both initial outlines and full plans, of sewerage, water treatment and flood defense structures such as pump systems and pipe networks
- managing and maintaining water and sewerage infrastructure operations
- presenting project details and technical information to colleagues and clients
- writing reports
- managing project budgets
- keeping up to date with changes in regulatory legislation and guidelines
- writing and advertising tender documents and managing contracts
- liaising with clients, contractors, government agencies, local authorities and suppliers
- monitoring flood levels
- supervising staff and site workers
- using a variety of specialist computer applications/simulation software
- ensuring that projects keep to budgets and timescales
- maintaining an awareness of current environmental issues.
Although this area of work is open to all graduates from relevant engineering and sciences courses, a degree in civil engineering may improve your chances. Other degrees that may be useful include:
- chemical/process engineering
- environmental engineering
- environmental science (physical)
- geography (physical)
- mechanical engineering.
- experience of project management
- communication and negotiation skills
- teamwork and people management skills
- problem-solving ability
- IT knowledge
- self-motivation and a proactive approach to work
- commercial awareness
- an entrepreneurial spirit
- good time management skills
- a flexible approach to work and a willingness to take on new challenges
- a full driving licence is generally required as you will have to drive to different sites.