Water Management

Water is hot. The earth is warming up, sea levels are rising and it rains more often and more intensively. Water will become more and more important in the future. Therefore, young heroes are required to deal with the management of water. Do you want to protect the Netherlands and the rest of the world against high water, keep drinking water healthy and enable water recreation? If so, our Water Management course suits you!

Level 4 BOL (school-based route with full-time education and work placements)

Water is hot. The earth is warming up, sea levels are rising, and it rains more often and more intensively. Water will become more and more important in the future. Therefore, young heroes are required to deal with the management of water. Do you want to protect the Netherlands and the rest of the world against high water, keep drinking water healthy and enable water recreation? If so, our Water Management programme suits you!
 
Diverse: from clay to office
Your job after finishing this course will be very diverse: one moment you will be standing with your boots in the clay, the next moment you will be at the office drawing up a project plan. It’s the ideal combination of working at the office and spending time outside.
You will be in charge of, among others:
• verifying that water quality is monitored, avoiding pollution and ensuring control;
• providing more natural environments by constructing and managing nature-friendly banks;
• the management of dams and dykes, including maintenance, modifications and construction;
• maintaining, consulting and managing the control of waterways, dams and embankments;
• the construction, management and maintenance of the water infrastructure (coordination of drinking water and wastewater);
• Project management and conducting water-related projects.
                                                                                                                     
What is taught throughout the programme?
In this course you will learn everything about the water infrastructure in the Netherlands. You will study subjects on: water systems (flow systems, groundwater), drinking water, waste water, water management (dams, water storage) and water quality (natural water, safe swimming water). In practice, you will learn how to take water and soil samples, how to build dams, which plants and animals provide information on water quality, that geographic maps tell you more than you see and how to construct strong quays. A water manager should possess management skills. Therefore, you will learn to work methodically, collaborate and command other people. In addition, you will follow classes of communication, economics, Dutch citizenship and foreign languages.
                                                                                                                                           
What career options will you have?
When you complete this programme you can work as an operational water manager at:
• A city council or province
• Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management)
• Water boards
• Engineering and consultancy agencies
• Contractors
• Foundations and organisations