Highway engineering is an engineering discipline branching from civil engineering that involves the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of roads, bridges, and tunnels to ensure safe and effective transportation of people and goods. Standards of highway engineering are continuously being improved. Highway engineers must take into account future traffic flows, design of highway intersections/interchanges, geometric alignment and design, highway pavement materials and design, structural design of pavement thickness, and pavement maintenance.
You may be a Developer or a Private Individual who has been advised that you require the services of a Highway Engineer to assist you with a Planning Application. Maybe you require a Transport Assessment, Transport Statement, Transport Scoping Study, Travel Plan, Road Safety Audit, Detailed Design work, a Feasibility Study of potential access arrangements; the design of a service area or car park or Supervision of on and off site highway works, a Highway Engineer can assist you with all these matters and many more.
It could well be that you may be interested in a career as a Highway Engineer and simply don’t know how to start on the ‘road’ towards such a rewarding career.
It is invariably the case that the majority of development proposals will bring about some impact on the local road network, be it an increase in traffic or pedestrian movement, additional demand on public transport or the simple formation of a new access. These matters are addressed by the Highway Engineer whose involvement will relate to the scale and nature of the development proposal.
After a person has decided to become a highway engineer, the first step is to start a program of civil engineering at an accredited university. This begins with the study of higher mathematics, physical sciences such as chemistry and physics and the introductory design courses that serve as the foundation for all branches of engineering study. After these classes have been passed, some of the courses specific to civil engineering need to be undertaken, including statics, geotechnical studies and fluid mechanics.
In India, there are two routes to do Engineering and become Highway Engineer.
10th –> Diploma in Civil Engineering –> B.Tech in Civil Engineering –> M.Tech in Civil Engineering or
10th –> 10+2 –> B.Tech in Civil Engineering –> M.Tech in Civil Engineering
At every level of engineering, i.e. Diploma or B.Tech or M.Tech, one should focus on Highway Construction subjects or specialization.
At any level of Engineering, i.e. Diploma (Junior Engineer) or B.Tech (Engineer) or M.Tech (Expert Engineer), one may take a break from studies and start his job career.
A career as a Highway Engineer is very rewarding in a number of ways. You will be involved in many different projects from minor proposals right the way through to complex high profile major developments which may be of national or regional importance. One particularly rewarding aspect is seeing the development you have worked on being built and operating successfully for years to come.
India is going through development. Road construction, Highway Construction, Metro Construction is on Government VIKAS agenda. There will be many projects in it. There will be good career scope in it.
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