George Washington Goethals: Civil Engineering Career Scope

Today is the birthday of renowned Civil Engineer George Washington Goethals (June 29, 1858-January 21, 1928) of Panama Canal fame. He served in the United States Army and was the Chief Engineer during the construction of the Panama Canal. He also earned multiple awards and accolades to his name like the Goethals Bridge between Staten Island, New York City and Elizabeth, New Jersey. On this occasion let’s learn about Civil Engineering in India.

Civil Engineering

                                               Civil Engineering

If you wish to pursue a career in Civil Engineering (CE), below are helpful elements of the course.

Under Graduation Course: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (B.E.) and Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering (B.Tech) 

Eligibility: Passing STD 12 Science with subjects Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The percentile criterion may vary as per entrance exam and college/institution/university, most likely within the bracket of 40% to 50%.

Course Duration: 4 Years

Number of Semesters: 8 Semesters

Post Graduation Course: Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (M.E.) and Master of Technology in Civil Engineering (M.Tech)

Eligibility: Successfully passing B.E. or B. Tech Civil Engineering or any other equivalent engineering branch.

Course Duration: 2 Years

Important Subjects

Below are the top most important topics in the syllabus.

  1. Architecture and Town Planning
  2. Building Technology
  3. Coastal engineering
  4. Construction engineering
  5. Control engineering
  6. Design of Hydraulic Structures
  7. Earthquake engineering
  8. Environmental engineering
  9. Forensic engineering
  10. Geotechnical engineering
  11. Material science and engineering
  12. Structural Analysis and Design
  13. Surveying-land and surveying
  14. Transportation engineering
  15. Urban engineering

Top Colleges

Below are some of the top B.E./B.Tech and M.E/M.Tech CE colleges in India

  1. IIT’s
  2. NIT’s
  3. Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET)
  4. Sree Sastha Institute of Engineering and Technology
  5. Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune
  6. PES Institute of Technology, Bengaluru
  7. SRM University
  8. Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  9. VIT University
  10. Manipal University

Top Job Profiles

Below are some of the most respected job profiles for B.E./B.Tech and M.E./M.Tech CE graduates.

  1. Assistant Engineer
  2. Chief Engineer
  3. City Engineer
  4. Deputy Engineer
  5. Director of Public Works
  6. Division Engineer
  7. Division Head
  8. Independent Consultants
  9. Professor and Teachers
  10. Project Manager
  11. Researcher
  12. Senior Engineer
  13. Senior Superintended
  14. Supervisory Engineer

Top Recruitment Areas

Below mentioned are some of the reputed fields that absorb B.E./B.Tech and M.E./M.Tech CE graduates.

  1. DMRC
  2. Gammon India
  3. Hindustan Construction Company
  4. IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects Ltd.
  5. L&T
  6. Lanco Infratech Limited
  7. Punj Lloyd Group
  8. Reliance Infra
  9. Simplex Infrastructures Ltd.
  10. Government Departments
  11. Real Estate Societies
  12. Quality Testing Laboratories
  13. Teaching Institutions
  14. Power Plants
  15. Consultancy Firms
  16. Private and Public Sector Undertakings
  17. Housing and Urban Undertakings


Know the pay scale offered to B.E/B.Tech and M.E./M.Tech CE professionals.

Just started: Rs 20,000- Rs 30,000 per month

Have some experience or is a M.E/M.Tech Civil Engineering: Rs 600,000+ (sky is the limit)


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Vinny Ahluwalia

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Miss Vinny Ahluwalia is a versatile professional content writer having worked in the field of entertainment and culinary arts. She is now working with StudMonk as Senior Content Writer and writes about Education. She believes in providing up-to-date information to students preparing for Engineering and Medical entrance examinations in India.
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