Civil engineering careers set to zoom with digital push by Dr SRR Senthilkumar
The engineering college admission process is set to gain pace in the coming days with the declaration of Class XII results. The last few months may have given students unprecedented moments of pressure, but the time at home also provided them ample time to research degree programs they could pursue based on their strengths, interests and aptitude.
I have had an opportunity to interact with several hundred anxious Class XII students, especially admission seekers to different engineering streams, through webinars.
I was amazed by their range of questions. The interactions included questions like – Which disciplines hold more promise? What are the jobs that offer cutting-edge work? Which are the specialisations expected to offer better job opportunities? Which are the disciplines at the threshold of big technology changes? Doesn’t software coding become boring after a while? Which areas will help serve my state, my country? How to gain experience and save before pursuing post-graduation? What are the options for secure government jobs?
When I was asked “Are careers in civil engineering fading?” I, as a civil engineer having spent early years in the industry and decades of experience interacting with the industry, researchers and academics was not surprised. Admittedly, the flood of Information Technology (IT) jobs driven by global demand has made engineering disciplines like mechanical and civil engineering less glamourous.
Civil engineering is among the first two branches of engineering to be formally created, apart from military engineering. It has played a foundational role in developing vast road, rail and water transport infrastructure, bridges, dams, irrigation projects, river fronts, industrial plants and townships.
Here is why I think civil engineering will remain as a foundational engineering discipline and civil engineers will always be in demand. Those trained with cutting edge software skills, being taught in a handful of institutions like Sona College, will be the most sought after, not only by Indian employers, but even global employers as well.
1. Not a single project, whether residential, industrial, commercial, or infrastructure, can be completed without a civil engineer. Even before a project starts, civil engineers are employed to determine existing site conditions, landscape and utilities. The bigger the project, the bigger the requirement is, for skilled civil engineers. Those who can skilfully use software AutoCAD 3D Civil, and technologies like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, or even drones get a huge edge, working in larger firms, in terms using their creativity.
2. India is woefully short of housing, more hydro and thermal power are needed, and road and highways, urban transport, ports, airports need massive expansion. It is estimated that only 20 percent of the vision for India 2035 has been built. The next 15 years will see a huge surge in demand for construction activity. India’s growing population and urban migration too, will fuel this infrastructure demand
3. Metro rail projects, operational right now in 10 Indian cities, are undergoing expansion every year. In addition, 15 other cities are in different phases of building their metro networks.
4. There is a renewed focus on building green buildings that need engineers to plan for air-conditioning, indoor air quality, sustainability, energy efficiency, fire safety, solar power, waste treatment, solid-waste management, and rainwater harvesting. The complexity of building and maintaining these green buildings calls for civil engineers who are well-versed with Revit, AutoCAD and STAAD Pro software.
5. The conversion of top 100 Indian cities into smart cities, with a budget of over Rs 200,000 crore, will also need civil engineers with digital skills to monitor a gamut of metrics in areas from roads, internet of things, security, utilities, traffic management. Interestingly, 25 of these smart cities are in the 6 South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Union Territory of Puducherry.
6. Despite Government commitment to ‘minimum government’ – ‘maximum governance’, spending on building new administrative offices and renovating old structures will grow manifold in the coming years. Delhi’s central vista redevelopment plan alone is expected to cost upwards of Rs 25,000 crore.
7. Software is getting embedded deeply even in civil engineering jobs, from planning, design and consultancy services, to actual construction, maintenance and upkeep. My colleague Professor (Dr) R. Malathy and Dean (R&D) and I ensured that we were among the first few institutions to ensure that if a 3-dimensional drawing is the present, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies are the future, and have embedded them in the core curriculum. This equips the graduates to be future-ready and undertake jobs with domestic as well as international engineering design and consulting companies.
8. Civil Engineering graduates passing out of Sona College in the past 8-10 years have mastered new-age software like Revit, Primavera, Python to employ the use of, AR, VR, Python programming, Drone survey, Energy analysis software, Life-cycle Assessment, Prefabricated Structures, Solid Waste Management, and Environment Impact Assessment.
9. When pursuing B.Tech in Civil Engineering with us, students learn valuable analytical and design skills from industry leaders and gain hands-on experience working in state-of-the-art laboratories, Jindal Steel Works-Sona Centre for Concrete Innovation and Centre for Excellence in Drones.
10. Many civil engineering alumni of Sona College trained in new-age software are today have also taken up roles as computer engineers. During the programme, students get exposed to a range of subjects, right from structural engineering and construction management, to geo-technical engineering, and environmental engineering, all the way to water resources engineering. Students can choose to explore the level of depth through special projects and intensive internship opportunities.
11. Those willing to work with construction companies can rise to the level of project managers in 10-15 years, managing projects of Rs 100 crore or more and commanding salaries comparable with, or more than their peers in IT professions. Our civil engineering graduates with entrepreneurial zeal can pick from many innovative alternative concrete building technologies that use plastic, steel plant slug, granite waste, or bacteria to set up their own ventures.
With India’s renewed thrust in building infrastructure for the next 30 years, our civil engineering graduates with a digital edge are certainly headed for a bright future. With the pride of building for the India of 2050, an exciting career with growth opportunities will surely commensurate many rewards.
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As it 4 year(s) rpograam and its fee is upto 4,80,000..i.e. 120000/per year
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is Sona college of technology is a good college to study ECE,EEE and biomed engineering? how is the placement cell, companies and salary package?
Sona Engineering College is a leading college in Tamil Nadu. It has been rated AAA+ by Careers360 and has been ranked at 150th position by NIRF among Engineering colleges of India. In terms of Academics, this college gives tough competition to others. Facilties such as Separate hostels for male and female students, Canteen, well equipped library, laboratories, WiFi facilties, medical centre and Transport facilities are provided properly. The placements of Sona Engineering College is quite okay. CSE, IT, Electrical and Electronics departments have pretty good placement record. But the placement percentage is not so impressive for Civil and Mechanical. Very few core companies come for recruitment. CSE and It face around 67% placement record while it is more in case Electrical and ECE branches. Many companies come for recruitment such as Amazon, ICICI Bank, JSW Tyres, HCL, Goldman Sachs, Rally Rebar, MBIT Wireless, Aspire systems, Infosys etc offering average salary around 2 to 2.5 lpa. You can read the student reviews here http://www.careers360.com/colleges/sona-college-of-technology-salem
which is best college Anna university-madurai or Sona college of technology? which has better placement?
Dear Aspirants ,
Anna University in Madurai was established in 2010 and is ranked 12 in the latest NIRF ranking. It offers 4 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate programs in full-time mode with multiple specializations. Admission to all the courses is entrance based. Students are required to present TNEA scores for UG courses and TANCET for PG courses in order to secure admission to the college Aspirants who wish to take admission in the college have to register themselves online on the college official website and apply for the respective courses there. The institute is well furnished with all the facilities such as clubs, Libraries, wi-fi etc.to provide premier experience and learning to their students.
If we go through the placement's then it is good there some of top recruiter's are came like tcs ,Infosys, wipro ,tech mahindra etc.. with the average salary package of 3.2 to 4.5 it depends upon employer .
Sona College of Technology is a college located in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. It is affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. The vision of the college is to become an institute of great repute, in the fields of science, applied science, engineering, technology and management studies.
- Approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
- Recognized by UGC under Section 2f & 12B of the UGC Act
- The government of India, NBA accredited and ISO certified
- It gained autonomous status in 2012
If we go through the placements then top recruiters companies are come like Vuram Technologies, Burning Glass, Infosys, Renault Nissan, Think N Solutions, Qualian Technologies, Zoho, GG Tronics, Infoview, Kaar Technologies, Vee Technologies and many more. many opportunities were open.
But if we go through the students feed back and rating of both colleges then Sona college of technology is occupied better place rather then Anna University -Madurai and placement's is also not best in this Anna university .So as per my recommended Sona college of technology is good in everything so you can choose this one for your carer .
what are the foreign companies that come for campus recruitment in Sona college of technology for EEE DEPARTMENT?
There are many foreign companies like OST, Human Resocia Co.Ltd are coming for Campus Recruitment in Sona College of Technology for the EEE Department. Mostly, the foreign companies are from Japan. Many job offers are from foreign companies that have branches in Tamil Nadu, India. So, the salary will be considerably high.
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how is the placement in EEE department in Sona college of technology?
In sona college of technology the placement percentage is around 70-80% for EEE and the salary offered ranges from 40k to 15k per month based on your performance in the interview. The highest salary offered is around 4.5 lacs per annum
I hope this clears your query. Thankyou