Studies & Degrees in Rural and Surveying Engineering

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Rural and Surveying Engineering are different but intertwined areas within the Engineering discipline. Rural engineering is a branch of engineering that concerns itself with elements of civil engineering, agriculture engineering and environmental engineering.

 In some instances it is coupled with another branch of engineering called surveying engineering. Surveying engineering is the technique, study, profession and the science of determining accurately the three-dimensional position or terrestrial position of distances and points and the exact angles between them. People associated with surveying engineering are called surveyors. Surveying engineering is used to establish the boundaries of ownership of countries and maps. To achieve this, surveyors use elements of other disciplines such as mathematics, engineering, law and physics.

Rural engineering is now amongst the most sought after courses in mainstream engineering. At the heart of the percepts of rural engineering is the aim to impart quality education, generate competence and provide humane and skilled manpower to face technological, scientific, social and managerial challenges in rural environments. It extends a high degree of integrity, credibility, social concern and ethical standards for developing technologies through research in areas that are relevant for farmers and thus assists in providing energy efficient agriculture and sustainable rural development.

Surveying engineering is one of the oldest disciplines within Civil engineering and has been an important element in developing the human environment. Surveying engineering is used in planning and executing almost every type of construction and its most common uses are in fields as diverse as building and construction, transportation, mapping and defining legal boundaries for ownership of land and communications.

Eligibility of Course & Career Options:

For courses in rural engineering, students must have completed required credits in various disciplines of mathematics, geography and statistics. They must have also passed relevant exams at college and university levels. Universities and colleges that provide courses in rural engineering support their students by placing them in contractual and permanent positions within government departments, not- for-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and within the private sector. Students who complete their graduation in disciplines related to Rural Engineering are very much sought after and can hope to find careers that are rewarding.

In many countries, surveying is recognized as a separate profession from regular engineering and as such one is required to be a surveying license holder for undertaking a practice as a surveyor. This can be obtained after one completes the basic degree requirements in surveying followed by examination and experience requirements. Course criteria are similar to that required for rural engineering courses.

Although the basic principles within surveying engineering have not changed much over the years, the tools that are used by surveyors have evolved by leaps and bounds. It is a fact that civil engineering cannot do without the skills of surveyors. Thus, whenever and wherever there are railways, roadways, dams, bridges, reservoirs or residential areas are required to be built, surveyors with excellent skill sets in surveying engineering are involved. Practitioners of surveying engineering find themselves in many government sponsored projects, private construction companies and companies that work on turnkey projects.