Ethiopia has a high potential of water resources, which is considered as tower of east Africa. It has about 123 BCM of surface water and about 12–30 BCM of ground water resource in which; we did not use it efficiently due to the gaps on awareness, capacity building as well as research works. Water Resources Development is the corner stone for food security, energy supply and economic growth of the country.
Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering is a study field that deals with collecting and distributing water where and when it’s needed, while protecting the population, industry, environment, infrastructure from harmful excessive water. That means, Hydraulic and water resources engineering activities are related to water supply and wastewater (sewer) systems, irrigation and drainage systems, river training and flood protection works, dams and reservoirs for hydropower generation, water supply and irrigation purposes. Hydraulic and water resources engineering also deals with harbors and ports, as well as river and canal navigation systems.
Undergraduate studies offer a series of basic and applied courses in the areas of hydraulics, water resources, and environmental engineering (fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, ground waters, hydro-informatics, water supply and wastewater systems, irrigation and drainage, river hydraulics, sedimentation, river training works, flood protection, wastewater treatment, etc.). The program also offers a broad general civil engineering education, which includes elements of geo-mechanical engineering, structural engineering, construction engineering, materials engineering, transportation engineering, geodesic surveying, and geology.
Hydraulic engineering post graduate program to be launched 2018 under Debre Tabor University faculty of technology based on the premises that there is a strong need of manpower in the field so as to realize the development plan of the nation. The program runs a curriculum offering a two-year (four semester) MSc degree in hydraulic engineering. The hydraulic engineering program in its short history has made its level best effort to respond to the nation’s needs by revising curricula and expanding other graduate programs. The hydraulic engineering program provides training for regular graduate program leading to a M.Sc degree in hydraulic engineering.
The vision of Hydraulic & Water Resources engineering department is to be a center of education program, Community service work and Water Resources Research center in the country, where Hydraulic & Water Resources engineering graduates are capable of solving real society problems, conducting useful research and handling projects at national level.
The mission of the Hydraulic & Water Resources Engineering Department is to offer a quality of Education that renders problem solving and research capabilities to its graduates by using the state of the art of methodology and provide consultancy, researches and community service to construction industries and the society at large.
List of program in the department
- Bachelor of science in Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
- Master of Science in Hydraulic Engineering
Bachelor of Science Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering
Students who has successfully completed preparatory and have passed the university entrance exam successfully can apply for admission to the program. Applicant will be admitted to the department on competitive basis after they join Faculty of Technology based on their entrance exam results, interests and merit. The standard period of study of BSc. Degree in Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering is five years with ten semesters.
Master of Science in Hydraulic Engineering:
The applicant must have a B.Sc. Degree in Hydraulics/Water Resources / Irrigation / Civil Engineering or its equivalent and meet the admission requirements of the Technology faculty Graduate Committee/School/Co-ordinator. He/she must also pass the entrance examination administered by the school. Regarding applicants from other related disciplines the technology faculty Graduate School Committee and Hydraulic Engineering chair will rule on the eligibility of such candidates.
Admissions from a three-year background (water resources management, water resources, and irrigation management, soil and water engineering and management, etc.) may take bridge courses accordingly. This will be decided by the school of graduate studies and a committee that will be organized at the department level to facilitate the postgraduate program in hydraulic engineering. The number of bridge courses depend on their background which means there will be droping of bridge courses considering the courses they have taken in their Bachelor of Science degree program.
The requirements to obtain MSc. degree are:
- Successful completion of all the 13 courses including Research Methods.
- Successful completion and defense of a Master’s thesis work.
- Also complete a course program and graduate, a candidate needs to obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and, a maximum of one “C” and two ‘‘C+’’ Grades in all courses. But scoring more than one ‘C’ in a semester is not allowed.