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The Rising Levels of Flood Engineering Jobs

Flood Engineering has become a major focus in the industry, with water and drainage problems persisting from the January floods.
Written on 8/20/14

The Rising Levels of Flood Engineering Jobs

It’s of no surprise to anybody that after the torrid weather of January, particularly in the South West, that Flood Engineering has become a topic of focus in recent times amongst the engineering community.

With the heat being turned on to the Environmental Agency and Lord Chris Smith in particular being spoken about in terms of resignation, the country has learned that there is a lot of work to be done in order to stabilise against severe flooding which has opened the doors to all manner of opportunities for engineers.

Where can I find a job in Flood Engineering?

Naturally, there are opportunities for this particular line of work scattered across the country and even abroad in places like the Middle East and New Zealand.

Salaries have been in a relatively stable state for the industry across the past 12 months, averaging at around £32,000 across the autumn and winter, with a recent surge in the summer of 2014, reaching over £48,000 in June and remaining consistently above the £40,000 mark since then*.

Opportunities are out there to be taken- Opportunities overseas are known to be offering in excess as £100,000 per annum on a regular basis and a lot of this money is tax free.

What do Flood Engineers deal with?

Flood Engineering comes in a variety of forms, with jobs ranging from drainage to public transport, as the train lines were hit especially hard earlier in the year. It is largely due to the wide variety of roles that the industry has managed to react so effectively in the aftermath. All over the country, engineers of all sorts found ways to put their skills to use and help out with the crisis in the South West.

Engineers in charge of drainage predominantly deal in blueprints for various systems at dealing with water, be it rain, sewage or flood. Despite a lot of their work being done independently, engineers are likely to spend a substantial amount of time on site to oversee the implementation of their designs.

What skills does a Flood Engineer require?

Knowledge of their industry is an absolute necessity for all types of Water Engineer. The projects that are handled in this sector are likely to be very costly if mistakes are made and so the pressure on each of these projects can be substantial.

Mathematical and physics knowledge is invaluable to all engineers and Flood Engineers are no exception to this rule. A keen mind for calculations is the most important tool a Flood Engineer can possess, as so much of the work done is based on pre-established theories.

The majority of Flood Engineers rely on CAD skills to produce their designs, as this allows them to simulate their works before construction takes place. The industry has adapted to the rise of technology better than most others and ability to work their designs digitally before putting them into practice is seen as an industry standard.

Take a look at some of the Water Engineering opportunities we have here

*Data collected from Innovantage