Water Engineer


    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:

    • biochemistry
    • chemical/process engineering
    • environmental engineering
    • environmental science (physical)
    • geography (physical)
    • geology
    • geophysics/geotechnology
    • 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.