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Hydraulic Engineer

Overview: Hydraulic engineers design and direct the construction of engineering projects that use and control water for the purpose of generating electric power. They specify the type and size of pumps, electric turbines, pressure valves and surge tanks based on water flow principles.
Duties: They study and measure the water flow to be used to generate electric power and determine whether the flow is capable of generating the power needed.

Specify the size and type of water intake valves, electric turbines and water control systems to be used in the construction of electric power plants.

Conduct tests and experiments with simulated equipment and use computers to measure water flow and predict power generating potential.

Manage the installation of power generating equipment and conduct controlled tests during the installation process to assure proper installation and functioning of all equipment.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of hydraulic engineers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Spurred by general population growth and an increased emphasis on infrastructure security, more hydraulic engineers will be needed to design and construct safe and higher capacity water supply systems.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $51,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited hydraulic engineering program is the typical requirement for entry positions with an emphasis on electro-mechanical systems, civil, and structural engineering. Courses in environmental management sciences and computer-aided design are important.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.