One of the oldest and most important engineering disciplines in the world is civil engineering. Many buildings and structures have evoked our amazement, right from the pyramids of Egypt to the TajMahal in India and all these bear testament to the rich legacy of civil engineering. Civil engineering can be defined as a specialised branch of engineering that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of bridges, buildings, dams and other structures. Human civilization cannot exist without major contributions from this branch of engineering and it is thus an indispensable discipline.
Civil Engineers are usually employed in construction activities in both the private and public sectors. They can also become a research fellow or a lecturer in universities. Further opportunities for these technical guys include being a surveyor, a technical report writer or even a project manager. Thus the possibilities and avenues for growth are endless. These specialised technical personnel have to have an eye for detail and an inherent ability to improvise.
The engineers involve themselves in feasibility and technical studies and conduct detailed investigations in the initial stages itself to avoid costly lapses in the later stages. The design and architectural aspects of the building are also studied in detail to ensure that the project complies with existing regulatory guidelines. Further, a risk and personnel management plan is formulated to ensure that safety aspects of any project are not compromised.
Further, these engineers must have good leadership skills to ensure that they have the right attitude to interact with personnel involved in the project right from labourers to high profile stake holders.
Equipment quality and reliability is another important aspect for which these engineers are responsible for and they have to ensure that near misses and accidents do not happen in the construction site. A good knowledge of finance is required to ensure that the project is completed within budget in a timely and efficient manner. Thus a civil engineer needs to be an all rounder.
They have a very challenging work environment and are one of the best paid professionals in the world. Job satisfaction is also high since the spirit of "I helped build that" runs through the blood of every civil engineer. Elumalai Polytechnic located in Villupuram has been a pioneer in the field of polytechnic education and the college has ensured that its graduates are one of the most competent diploma civil engineers.
The polytechnic is headed by Mr. Swamikannu an eminent industrialist and philanthropist.
The polytechnic helps to lay a strong foundation to ensure that the diploma graduates are ready for higher study in civil engineering. In case the graduates want to enter the industry, the polytechnic ensures that it equips them with the necessary skills to make them industry ready. The civil engineering department has excellent and experienced teachers with a skilled support staff. The department has modern and well equipped labs and also undertakes consultancy work for the industry.
The department also arranges for lectures on various topics by industry leaders to broaden the perspective of the students and inspire them to think creatively. The students are also taken on industry site visits as a part of their curriculum like the Ferro Cement Research Centre in Pondicherry, Structural Research Centre in Chennai etc. This is to encourage the students to think innovatively during their project period and also to establish some interaction with the industry leaders.
With the real estate boom in the recent years, the need for civil engineers has increased exponentially. Elumalai Polytechnic has been sustaining this industrial growth by producing some of the best diploma engineers year after year. With a strong legacy and bright future, the opportunities are simply limitless in this evergreen field.