A water engineer undertakes a wide range of technical and non-technical duties in their role of supplying, managing and maintaining clean water and sewerage/waste water services and preventing flood damage.
Water engineers work on projects such as flood defence schemes and sewer improvement programmes at all stages of their development and implementation.
- Coming up with designs – initial outlines or full plans.
- Presenting project details and technical information to other professionals and clients.
- Liaising with contractors, clients, government agencies, local authorities and suppliers.
- Ensuring that deadlines are met.
- Using specialist simulation software and computer applications.
- Monitoring flood levels.
- Managing project budgets and ensuring projects keep to budgets.
- Supervising workers on site.
Travel: regular site visits are part of the job; some positions may involve trips overseas.
Working hours: are typically long, particularly on site visits.
A primary degree in a subject such as geology, geography, mechanical/civil engineering, geophysics or environmental sciences is necessary. Postgraduate qualifications are generally favourable and may aid career development.
To become a chartered engineer an accredited level 8 or 9 qualification and four years’ postgraduate training and experience to standards prescribed by Engineers Ireland is required.
The Water and Environment Society is a special interest group for environmental engineers. Membership is open to members of Engineers Ireland.