Do you:

  • enjoy solving problems?

  • have an interest in math, science, or technology?

  • like designing and building things?

  • hope to use your skills to make an impact on the world?

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Engineers work towards creating solutions to real-world problems every day.

If you're a creative thinker and have a strong interest in how things work, then engineering is the right job for you!

What Do Engineers Do?

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An engineer designs and builds complex products, systems, machines, or structures. Day-to-day, engineers work on:

  • Defining problems

  • Brainstorming and generating ideas

  • Planning the best solutions

  • Building prototypes

  • Testing and improving designs

Types Of Engineers

Most industries need engineers and that's why there are many different branches of engineering!

The most popular branches of engineering are:

  • Civiloversees large construction projects involving buildings and infrastructures

  • Chemical— applies chemistry to develop and convert materials into useful products

  • Mechanical — applies physics and materials science to design tools, engines, and machines

  • Electrical — applies the study of electricity to design, develop and test new electrical equipment

  • Industrial finds ways to save time, money, materials, energy, and other resources

  • Software — engages in computer software development and creation

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How Much Do Engineers Earn?

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Engineers have one of the highest average starting salaries of any profession. The average engineer salary in the USA is $97,500 or $50 per hour . The top-earning engineering jobs are :

  1. Petroleum engineer

  2. Electrical engineer

  3. Computer engineer

  4. Aeronautical engineer

  5. Chemical engineer

Is This Right For Me?

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Think about your own interests and skills. As a successful engineer, you should:

✔️ Be good at solving problems

✔️ Be strong in maths and sciences

✔️ Be imaginative and creative

✔️ Be skilled in logical and analytical thinking

✔️ Be detail-oriented

✔️ Enjoy working in teams

✔️ Have a desire to learn about how things work

✔️ Have excellent communication skills

Preparing To Become An Engineer

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In general, engineering degrees and programs rely on a good foundation of a few core high school subjects:

  • Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • S.T.E.M. related courses

Some good-to-haves when applying for an engineering undergraduate program:

  • A competitive GPA (3.0 or greater)

  • Strong ACT or SAT scores

  • Letters of recommendation

  • A strong background in math and science is recommended

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