Water Resource Engineer

Water resource engineers are responsible for undertaking and leading a range of hydrology and hydraulics projects for controlling water as it pertains to irrigation, waste development and flood mitigation. They will assess how and the best ways to control water by performing engineering analyses and field assessments and creating water flow designs. Water resource engineers work with clients, agencies and subcontractors from the start to completion of a project.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Develop detailed hydraulic and hydrologic designs for controlling the flow of water
  • Prepare water resource design reports, drawings, construction specifications and permits
  • Conduct field tests of proposed locations
  • Develop computer models calculating the impact of water flow
  • Prepare detailed technical reports, drawings, specifications and correspondence
  • Determine the material quantities and cost estimates for a project
  • Provide engineering support during a project
  • Coordinate with other engineering disciplines and departments
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously under multiple deadlines
  • Coordinate with clients, regulatory agencies and subcontractors
  • Research and stay on top of scientific research related to water management
  • Assist with proposal preparations and business development
  • Provide support for construction activities as project engineer
  • Develop innovative solutions for water management problems

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • earth science
  • biology
  • plant science
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • biology
  • statistics
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering (civil, water or environmental engineering) is required. A certificate in project management would also be beneficial.

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