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A drainage engineer is responsible for designing systems that move water or sewage from one place to another, as safely and efficiently as possible. This is a highly technical role involving use of advanced computer modelling tools.
Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £45,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
A drainage engineer is responsible for designing systems that move water or sewage from one place to another, as safely and efficiently as possible.
Working as a Drainage Engineer is a highly technical role involving use of advanced computer modelling tools.
Effective drainage is required across a whole range of environments, from towns and cities to roads and rivers, and the drainage engineer’s role is to develop solutions for the control and handling of water in its various ‘forms’.
This role could also involve helping to design flood management or defence systems.
A drainage engineer’s role combines the need for in-depth understanding of physics and computer-based designs tools with a significant amount of site work from initial planning to overseeing the construction stage.
Costs, timing, sustainability issues and aesthetics are also key considerations of every project so the drainage engineer’s design plan will have to take all of these into account.
As a Drainage Engineer, you would be:
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
A career as a drainage engineer will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday, but there are likely to be occasions when it is necessary to work late, particularly in more senior roles.
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There are a variety of degree subjects that are accepted for entry into the profession, including:
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The UK construction industry will need an additional 1090 civil engineers (which includes drainage engineers) to meet demand every year from 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).
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