What Is Engineering All About?

Engineers Turn Ideas into Reality. Engineers are problem-solvers - people who make things work better, more efficiently, quicker and less expensively. They serve humanity with skill and dedication and search for better ways to solve problems. Engineering offers: challenging jobs; good pay and benefits; lasting and tangible products; help to humanity; prestige and status. There will be many jobs for engineers during the next decade. However, your engineering specialization may determine such things as the geographic area where work may be found, salaries, job conditions, and tasks that will challenge you. Our nation's need for engineers will grow as our society becomes more technology-driven. Engineering is a field that will enable you to pursue any career path that interests you. A degree in Engineering will provide a foundation from which your career path can take almost any direction - an engineering degree will open doors for you in such other career fields as medicine, law and business, making your options almost limitless.Engineers earn considerably more than other people who enter a career path with just a bachelor's degree. Sometimes this can be as much as 75-100% more per month depending on geographic location and engineering speciality. Engineering is a rewarding career option that will make you feel good about contributing to a heathier, safer, and more enjoyable life for your fellow citizens. As you plan your future, consider becoming an engineer, a shaper of the 21st century.

Engineers today work on tomorrow's problems. Most students who declare an engineering major during their freshman year select one of the basic engineering disciplines—civil, chemical, electrical, computer, mechanical or manufacturing engineering. Other disciplines generally either fall into one of these basic disciplines or require specialized study or an advanced degree. For example:

Chemical Engineers - seek to make our world better by devising systems to control pollution by trapping harmful pollutants before they spread into the air; looking for hardier strains of wheat, rice, and corn that will survive drought, insects, and disease and thus ease world hunger; designing high strength plastic composites that are stronger but lighter than steel; and joining the war against cancer, AIDS, and other deadly diseases.

Civil Engineers - design solutions to cope with many of our planet's most serious problems: foul air; decaying cities, roadways, and bridges; clogged airports and highways; polluted streams, rivers, and lakes. They also design the transportation systems we will use in the future.

Electrical Engineers - design products that meet human needs for today and tomorrow: huge power-generating systems in dams as well as the tiny electronic circuits that keep spacecraft on correct trajectory a billion miles from Earth. They create electronics components that run computers, TV's, stereo systems, and automated factories and seek ways to improve the transmission of messages by laser beams.

Mechanical Engineers - can make our lives more comfortable by designing more efficient transportation and delivery systems for raw materials or products; improving the use of cryogenic techniques for super-conductivity, improving the work environment through increased use of automation and robotics, more efficient heating, ventilation, or refrigeration. They may even completely redesign the manufacturing process with special machinery to make production easier and more efficient.

As an Engineer you will be on the cutting edge and will help produce startling improvements for people throughout the world. Only you can plan your future. You must be willing to work hard and to overcome obstacles. But with an engineering degree you will reap benefits that are unmatched by other degrees. By using your engineering background you will contribute to a better and safer world. Accept the challenge...become an engineer. The door is open to anyone who really wants to enter.

The student graduating from the Engineering Science program is prepared to transfer to a four-year College and complete the Baccalaureate in Engineering Science in one or more of the disciplines below:

  • Aerospace Engineering (Aero or Astronautical)
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bio-Engineering (Medical, Mechanical,or Chemical)
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Cost Engineering/Cost Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Facilities Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geothermal Engineering
  • Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Eng.
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Naval Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Optical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Plant Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Quality Engineering
  • Robotics and Automated Systems Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering