About the Discipline
Civil Engineering is considered as the mother of all engineering disciplines. In the beginning of modern engineering there were only two branches of engineering viz. Civil Engineering (dealing with all civilian applications) and Military Engineering (dealing with warfare). Over the years, the advancement in engineering specialization in specific areas led to the emergence of other branches. Currently, the major areas dealt with by Civil Engineering are designing, construction and maintenance of buildings, all structures related to road transportation, seaports & airports, marine structures, railways, environmental engineering, irrigation, surveying, project investigation and management etc.
About the Programme
The three year diploma programme in Civil Engineering aims at imparting skills in project planning and implementation, planning and designing of structures mentioned earlier, preparation of related drawings and estimation of quantities. One of the main objectives of the programme is to groom the students as efficient and effective civil engineers and equip them to maintain quality in construction. Various computer applications in civil engineering are also included in the curriculum.
Construction of structures and their maintenance is a never ending process; sought after as long as human civilization exists on earth. Developmental activities offer opportunities in infrastructure development and in providing ancillary facilities. Thus job opportunities in Civil Engineering are an ever-green area. The major job providers in the state under government and quasi government sector are Kerala Public Works Department, Irrigation Department, Kerala State Electricity Board, Kerala Water Authority, Local Self Governments, corporations and boards under public sector like Kerala State Housing Board, Rural Development Board, Kerala State Construction Corporation etc. Almost all the companies and factories have their own engineering wing like FEDO. Under Central Government, Central PWD, Indian Railways, ISRO, MES, GREF and other PSUs offer a lot of opportunities. Employment opportunities also exist in educational institutions, research organizations and software sector in core area. A major chunk of construction activities takes place in private sector. The opportunities in private sector are endless. The Middle East countries have always been a green pasture for Civil Engineers. Many Diploma holders in Civil Engineering have also proved their mettle as successful entrepreneurs too.
Opportunities for Higher Studies
Diploma holders are eligible to appear for the JEE examination (IIT Entrance Examination). Students can seek admission to the third semester of B.Tech Degree course through Lateral Entry Entrance (LET) examination of Kerala state. This facility also exists in many neighboring states. The major engineering colleges in the state offer B.Tech degree through part-time mode for those who possess a minimum of two years of working experience. Yet another option is to appear for the Associate Membership examination (AMIE) of Institution of Engineers (IE). AMIE is considered as equivalent to B.Tech degree for most purposes.