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Irrigation Engineer

Overview: Irrigation engineers plan, design and manage the construction of irrigation projects to distribute water to agricultural lands. They are responsible for the construction of irrigation canals and river dams. They conduct research on soil drainage & conservation of forests and ranges.
Duties: They conduct scientific studies of water sheds and river systems to determine the amount and quality of water that can be diverted to agricultural regions.

Submit proposals to government agencies for the construction of dams and irrigation canals that distribute waters to food producing regions of the country. They manage such projects.

Estimate the potential damage of dams and canals on the environment in the regions where the water is being drawn. Estimate the food growing benefits to areas receiving the water.

Conduct studies to determine optimum construction design plans for dams, canals and reservoirs. Manage the construction to assure protection of environment.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of irrigation engineers is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. More irrigation engineers will be needed to design and construct or expand water supply systems and to repair or replace existing systems. Employment opportunities will vary by geographic area.
Salary Range (National Average): $42,000 to $46,000
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 in agricultural and civil engineering is the usual requirement for entry positions. Courses in environmental management sciences, mechanical engineering 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.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • 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:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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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.