Hydraulic Engineer

Hydraulic engineering is a division of civil engineering that is primarily concerned with the flow and passage of water that exists in its natural environment. Hydraulic engineers according to www.careerplanner.com design systems to control and use water for the purposes of building reservoirs transporting water to desired locations and using water as a source of power. They also study how pools of water develop underground how rain and melting snow affect the earth and how natural environments might be negatively impacted by man-made dams and bridges. Hydraulic engineers spend their days both outdoors “in the field” conducting research as well as indoors in offices or laboratories analyzing the information they have gathered. Normally hydraulic engineers work in conjunction with hydrologists and geologists to develop solutions to problems facing the world’s water supply which is in constant jeopardy due to pollution natural disasters and the stress that human development has placed on this valuable resource. In order to be successful as a hydraulic engineer it is essential to have excellent mathematical and analytical skills be highly detail-oriented and be able to efficiently measure and test many different types of samples taken from various natural environments. According to www.ehow.com hydraulic engineers need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering with coursework revolving around civil engineering water engineering oceanology and other related subject matters. Additionally some states require that hydraulic engineers be state-licensed – with varying specific rules. Payscale.com reports that hydraulic engineers typically earn between $54000 and $75000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $64500
High Salary: $75000
Low Salary: $54000
Tasks: Conducts research on water.
Studies the effects of water on the environment.
Plans the construction of water reservoirs.
Analyzes water flow problems.
Also Called: Geologist
Hydrologist
Civil Engineer
Environmental Engineer
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