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Career in Rural Engineering

Rural Engineering

Rural Engineering Program aims to train managers able to apply engineering principles to increase agricultural production through the design, analysis, planning, management and control of irrigation schemes, rural constructions, rural water supply and agricultural mechanization.

Specific objectives

At the end of the Rural Engineering Program, the graduate must be able to: 1. Master the physical and biological concepts related to application fields of Agricultural Engineering; 2. Apply scientific and technical knowledge for optimal approach in addressing rural engineering problems; 3. Use relevant technologies applicable to rural works; 4. Apply concrete knowledge to the development of engineering solutions to increase agricultural productivity; 5. Evaluate the impact of this work on the rural environment and its social impact

Rural development

Rural development generally refers to the process of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in relatively isolated and sparsely populated areas. Rural development has traditionally centered on the exploitation of land-intensive natural resources such as agriculture and forestry. However, changes in global production networks and increased urbanization have changed the character of rural areas. Increasingly tourism, niche manufacturers, and recreation have replaced resource extraction and agriculture as dominant economic drivers. The need for rural communities to approach development from a wider perspective has created more focus on a broad range of development goals rather than merely creating incentive for agricultural or resource based businesses. Education, entrepreneurship, physical infrastructure, and social infrastructure all play an important role in developing rural regions. Rural development is also characterized by its emphasis on locally produced economic development strategies. In contrast to urban regions, which have many similarities, rural areas are highly distinctive from one another.

Job Description

For 43 years and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development consultancy firm that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness systems, financial services, enterprise development and community development in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 90 projects in 40 countries and revenues of approximately $89 million.

We are currently seeking a Rural Engineer for a 33-month, intermittent position for an upcoming multi-year program in Pakistan. Hiring is contingent on award from donor; anticipated start date is November 2007. This project aims to target poverty alleviation in selected Barani Districts. The project will be implemented to support communities according to their prioritized needs and demand-driven interventions, paying special attention to environmental and social assessment and also follow a gender-sensitive policy. This position will be based in Pakistan and it is expected that applicants will already be based there.

The Rural Engineer will ensure the use of appropriate designs and a satisfactory quality of work during construction and operation of such activities as construction of farm to market roads, jeep-able tracks, and small dams. They will ensure the quality of civil works provided by the project and perform the following duties:


• Identify typical interventions and design cost effective models suitable for implementation and meet operation and maintenance requirements. • Prepare handbooks of designs and national costs to be used as basis for discussions with beneficiaries when proposals are being formulated. • Provide technical input in assessing and approving proposals, and help to overcome design and feasibility problems. • Monitor the quality of work, and provide engineering advice as needed.


• The Rural Engineer must have appropriate educational background such as civil or agricultural engineering degree, or related area. Related experience must include building construction in rural setting. • Punjabi or Urdu language skills preferred. • Work experience in South Asia/Pakistan/Barani areas preferred.

Please apply online at No phone calls please. Only finalists contacted. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. EOE.

IT Minister KT Rama Rao today stressed the need for giving training and skills for rural engineering students to excel and get jobs. He was addressing a meeting at a hotel here attended by TASK officials, managements of engineering colleges, chairmen of institutions and delegates of some companies.

Speaking on the occasion the minister expressed concern on the lack of skills among the rural engineering graduates. To bridge this sort of gap the government has set up TASK to provide necessary training and skills he claimed. The TASK program is giving positive results for three years he aid. The Government will extend all support to the colleges and institutions to help the students excel the minister said. KT Rama Rao stated that the government has taken strong steps against some engineering colleges for poor quality. He said that engineering colleges are now maintaining standards. He asked the gathering to focus on giving training and skills to students of engineering, pharmacy and professional colleges and promised to take similar steps for students of government institutions.

Stating that India has great strength of its youth force he said that they are lacking communication skills . To overcome this problem it is good to replicate Germany School practice to offer one year internship in industries the minister said. It is time to put them on right track through necessary training and skills to make them job ready. The government has taken up innovative plan through TASK and will soon set up its centers in Warangal and Nizamabad districts he said. (NSS)


Base Pay

₹27K - ₹29K

Additional Pay

No Reports

Cash Bonus, Stock Bonus, Profit Sharing, Commission Sharing, Tips have not been reported for this role

Junior Engineer salaries at Ministry of Rural Development India can range from ₹26,627-₹28,943. This estimate is based upon 1 Ministry of Rural Development India Junior Engineer salary report(s) provided by employees or estimated based upon statistical methods. See all Junior Engineer salaries to learn how this stacks up in the market.

Average Annual Salary

₹ 4 LPA

Average annual salary for Junior Engineer Civil in Rural Engineering Department is INR 3.6 - 4.6 lakhs in India. Salary estimates are based on Rural Engineering Department salaries received from various employees of Rural Engineering Department.

Preferable institutions

Pravara Rural Engineering College (PREC), a private college in India, is affiliated to the University of Pune, India and is recognized by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. The institute provides simulating academic environment for new technology. Academic study combined with industrial graduate research projects prepare the student for professional practice in engineering.

Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology is a state government engineering institution in Allahabad (officially Prayagraj). It is affiliated to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Admissions to the college are based upon the merit of the student in the State Entrance Exam (SEE) conducted by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Vijay Rural Engineering College, also known as VREC, is a private engineering and polytechnic college established in 1997 in Nizamabad, Telangana, India. It is 8 kilometres (5 miles) away from Nizamabad railway station and 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) from Nizamabad Bus Station.The college is affiliated to JNTU Hyderabad and approved by AICTE, New Delhi.

Frequently asked questions

What is engineering? According to the Merriam Webster's collegiate dictionary, engineering is defined as the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people.

Engineering comprises men and women who work in aerospace, biomedical, chemicals, construction, computers, energy, manufacturing, and many other fields that require people to create products, facilities, and structures.

What is a professional engineer? Professional engineers have fulfilled the rigorous education, examination, and experience requirements, which, under state licensure laws, permit them to offer engineering services to the public. Although engineering licensure laws vary from state to state, in general, to become a PE an individual must be a graduate of an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, gain four years of experience as an intern, and then pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. PEs take legal responsibility for their engineering designs, being bound by a code of ethics to protect public health and safety.

What do engineers do? Engineers take abstract ideas and apply science and mathematics to build products to meet the needs of mankind.

How many engineers are there? It is estimated that there are more than two million practicing engineers in the U.S.

What is the difference between science and engineering? Science is knowledge based on observed facts and tested truths arranged in an orderly system that can be validated and communicated to other people. Engineering is the creative application of scientific principles used to plan, build, direct, guide, manage, or work on systems to maintain and improve our daily lives.

How many types of engineering specialties are there? Aerospace, Agricultural, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil (General and Structural), Computer, Control Systems, Electrical and Electronics, Environmental, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Mining, Nuclear, Petroleum, Sanitary, and Traffic.

What recent major breakthroughs are attributed to engineers in improving the quality of our everyday lives? From the mass production of the automobile to space travel, from the telephone to the Internet, and from bioengineered foods to clean water, engineers have applied their expertise to improve the quality of our lives. Visit Great Engineering Achievements.

Has there been an increase or decrease in student enrollment in engineering programs at colleges and universities across the country? While the number of engineering degrees awarded remained level, and even declined, throughout much of the 1990's, data from the American Society for Engineering Education show bachelor's degrees have increased as much as 20% from 1999 while both master's and doctoral degrees have seen increases over the past several years. However, data also shows that these increases may begin to slow as enrollments in all degree levels have declined for the second consecutive year. Information from ASEE also shows a decline in the number of enrollments of women in engineering programs, and enrollments for minorities remain low and unchanged. For more information on engineering enrollment and degree trends, visit ASEE.

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