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Civil Engineering Diploma Courses – All You Want To Know

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The Diploma in Engineering and Technology or Diploma in Technical Education is a program focused on practical and skills-oriented training. It is a technical course that only covers the essentials when ranked with an undergraduate engineering degree. Here we are focusing more on the civil engineering diploma course.

It aims to provide students with industry or job-related engineering knowledge, scientific skills, computing and analysis, mathematical techniques, a sound knowledge of English to communicate in the field and the ability to apply problem-solving techniques.

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An Overview of Civil Engineering Diploma Courses

Its duration is a minimum of 3 years. Many countries in the world recognize it as equivalent to pre-engineering or bridging course when considered for continuing studies in engineering related bachelors or associate degree programs.

After successful completion of diploma in an engineering course, students can either continue further engineering studies in undergraduate level or get employment as junior engineers, sub engineers, associate engineers, technicians, technologists, supervisors, superintendents, foremen, machinist, workshop technicians, draftsman, station technicians (energy, thermal, aeronautical), automobile technicians, maintenance and service technicians, equipment mechanics and technicians, CAD/CAM programmer, agricultural overseers, instrument technicians, junior instructors, manufacturing, tool and die, designers, electricians, etc.

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In some countries, one can apply for this diploma after completion of 10th grade (Secondary School Certificate).

In India, the diploma in engineering is a 3-year course awarded in a specific branch of engineering e.g. chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, etc.

It is usually offered in polytechnic institutes recognized by the respective State Boards of Technical Education (e.g. Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE)) and recognized by the State Departments/Directorates of Technical Educations and All India Council for Technical Education.

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Eligibility Criteria For Admission to Civil Engineering Diploma Course

To take admission for the various engineering diploma courses below is eligibility criteria defined by the AICTE 

For First Year of Post SSC

(i) The Candidate should be an Indian National ;

(ii) Passed 10th Std./ SSC examination or its equivalent, with at least 35% aggregate marks

Note: Other than Home State Candidates shall be eligible for Institution quota only.

For NRI / OCI / PIO, Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries, Foreign National.

(i) Passed 10th Std./ SSC examination or its equivalent, with at least 35% aggregate marks

(ii) Any other criterion declared from time to time by the appropriate authority as defined under the Rules.

Direct Second Year of Post SSC

For Home State Candidature Candidate.

(i) The Candidate should be an Indian National ;

(ii) Passed 10+2 examination with Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects along with Mathematics/ Biology subject. OR 10+2 Science (with Mathematics as one of the Subject) OR 10+2 Science with Technical OR 10+2 with Vocational. OR 10th + (2 years ITI) with appropriate Trade.

Note: Other than Home State Candidates shall be eligible for Institution quota only.

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Course Curriculum

Following are the main subjects for civil engineering diploma course;

First-Year ( Semester I & II )

  • Basic Science
  • Humanities & Social Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Basic Science
  • Mathematics -I
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied chemistry
  • Communications Skill in English
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering workshop Practice

Second Year  (Semesters III & IV)

  • Construction Material
  • Basic Surveying
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Building Construction
  • Concrete Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Advanced Surveying
  • Theory of Structure
  • Building Planning and Drawing
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Design of Steel and RCC structures
  • Estimating and Costing
  • Public Health Engineering

Third (Final) Year (Semesters V & VI)

  • Design of Steel and RCC structure
  • Estimating, Costing and valuation
  • Precast and Pre-stressed
    Concrete
  • Construction Management
  • Rural Construction Technology
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Advanced Construction Technology
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Pavement Design & maintenance
  • Green Building and Energy
    Conservation
  • Building Services and Maintenance
  • Public Health Engg
  • Entrepreneurship and Start-ups

Course Highlights For Civil Engineering Diploma Course

Below are some of the major highlights of the course;

Course NameDiploma in Engineering
Duration3 years
Examination TypeSemester System
Eligibility Criteria10th with minimum 35% marks
Admission ProcessBased on the performance in the entrance exam
Course FeeINR 10,000 to 5 Lacs
Per Month Average Starting SalaryINR 15,000 to 25,000
Top Recruiting AreasVarious PSUs, Civil & Interior (Projects), Water Resources (Public Infrastructure), Engineering Transportation, Tunnel Engineering, Constructer Companies, Roadway Engineering, Land Development/Site Design, and Colleges & universities, design and construction of industrial plant buildings, transmission towers/lines, waterworks, river navigation, airport runways, skyscrapers, power plants, irrigation canals, traffic control infrastructure, dams, shipping canals, bridges, railroads, sewers, and highways.

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Admission Process

Almost all the colleges follow the state level admission process from their respective technical education boards.

Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test. The admission process generally varies across colleges. However, a few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level

Diploma in Civil Engineering Course: Best Designed For?

An ideal candidate for the civil engineering Diploma courses must posses;

  • A creative and innovative approach to solving problems.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret diverse, complex data.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to evaluate designs, plans, and projects.
  • Aptitude skills for effective assessment
  • Interpersonal Skills.
  • Persuasiveness
  • Team Player
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Awareness of ethical issues.

Career Prospects

Diploma holders are often called junior engineers in India. They can sit for the examination of Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (AMIE) membership and become a member of the Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE).

Diploma holders can enroll for advanced diploma programs in concentrated job sectors within their area of study. Diploma holders are also eligible for lateral entry to the third-semester engineering courses i.e. direct entry to the second year. Diploma holders are eligible for part-time entry to Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Technology courses in various technical universities.

Civil Engineers are continually in great demand for construction, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Projects, Oil and Gas and other related industries. The opportunities for civil engineering students are enormous, the majority of the jobs required civil engineers from building homes, bridges, railways to big infrastructure projects. There will not be a downturn for civil engineers in the future.

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