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Water Resources Engineering

Civil and environmental engineering + Sustainable water resources management

Designing solutions to local and global challenges surrounding water.

Water Resources Engineering focuses on the use and management of land and water resources in rural and urban watersheds.

A growing population and the need for clean water demands Water Resources Engineers to develop solutions that are environmentally sustainable and economically viable.  Water Resources Engineering combines elements of other disciplines such as civil engineering, environmental engineering, agriculture, planning and geography in a unique combination ideally suited to address society's concerns and needs surrounding water.

Students design and develop creative solutions to protect groundwater, soil, wetlands, streams and lakes to ensure that the development of new water supplies not disrupt natural processes.  Students learn to apply engineering analysis and computer models to identify water resources problems and design engineering solutions to these challenges.

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11. Water Resources Engineer

What they do: Water Resources Engineers design and oversee the construction of water supply systems. | Most common skills: Hydrology, Stormwater Management, Water Resource Management | Most common industries: Civil Engineering, Business Consulting & Services, Design Services | Top locations hiring: Toronto Area, Vancouver Area, Calgary Area | Current gender distribution: 36% female; 64% male | Median years of prior experience: 3.8 | Top roles transitioned from: Water Resources Specialist, Project Engineer, Civil Engineer | Remote job availability: 8% | Hybrid job availability: 45.6%

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Program Information


Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)*
*Available in regular or co-operative education

With elements of:

  • Water Conservation
  • Stormwater Management
  • River Restoration
  • Meteorology and Geology

Our students have worked here:

  • CF Crozier & Associates
  • GHD Group
  • Municipal engineering offices
  • Conservation authorities
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • R.J. Burnside & Associates Ltd.