Engineering and You

What is Engineering all about?

Engineering Science vs. Engineering Technology

Engineers are theoreticians and problem solvers. They create new answers, new products, and new systems that serve the present and future needs of society. The engineer uses mathematics, science and practical judgment to solve practical problems in an economical way. Engineers are involved with innovation, mathematical analysis and decision-making.

Engineering is one of the few professional fields in which a bachelor's degree is sufficient career preparation. Many engineers, however, do go on for a master's degree, either in a new technology/or in business in order to move into management. A Ph.D. is generally necessary for teaching positions in colleges and universities.

Students with their Baja Car

Engineering students need to have a genuine interest in the sciences and mathematics. They should enjoy solving abstract problems and wonder why things happen the way they do. They also are probably well organized students who will eventually need to become innovative team leaders that include technologists and technicians.

Entrance requirements for MCC's Engineering Science degree program are: basic algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, trigonometry and pre-calculus, or the completion of MTH 175 at MCC. In addition, three years of science including chemistry and physics are required from high school or the MCC equivalent.

The possibilities of employment after graduation with a bachelor's degree in engineering are obviously diverse. Industry, research laboratories, and government agencies are the work environments in which technology plays a key role. Within these environments, trained engineers are hired regularly to work in manufacturing, electronics, construction, communications, transportation, and utilities.

Work may be in technical activities (research, development, design, production, testing, scientific programming, systems analysis) or in non-technical areas where a technical degree is needed, such as marketing, sales or administration.

According to the College Placement Council, for engineering graduates with a bachelor's degree, starting salaries averaged about $37,000 a year in private industry in 1995; those with a master's degree and no experience, started at $40,200 a year in 1994; and those with a Ph.D., started at $55,300 in 1994. The average salary for engineers in the Federal government was about $58,080 in 1995.*

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Please contact Ed Martin, chairperson at (585)292-2001 in Building 8, Room 630 for more information about the engineering science program.

*Occupational Outlook Handbook U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, p. 64, 1994-95.