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Engineering

 

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Any Engineering Discipline

Sub-Area:

  • Production
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Management
  • Consulting
  • Research and Development
  • Teaching
  • Law

Employers:

  • Industry
  • Business
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Colleges and universities

Area:

Aerospace

Sub-Area:

  • Propulsion
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Structures
  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Acoustics
  • Guidance and Control

Employers:

  • Aircraft, guided missile, and space vehicle industries
  • Communications equipment manufacturers
  • Commercial airlines
  • Federal government departments:
    • Defense
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Business and engineering firms

Area:

Biosystems Engineering

Sub-Area:

  • Natural Resources
    • Soil and Water Conservation
  • International Consulting
  • Environmental Control
  • Agricultural Structures
  • Power and Machinery
  • Electronic Systems
  • Food Engineering
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Engineering Technology

Employers:

  • Technological agricultural industries
  • Land grant universities:
    • Experimental farm stations
    • Research laboratories
  • Consulting firms
  • Equipment design, testing, and manufacturing firms
  • Equipment and food industries including processing, packaging, and storing
  • Quality control for food, feed, fiber, etc.
  • Biotechnology research firms
  • Foreign Service

Area:

Biomedical

Sub-Area:

  • Bioengineering
    • Design
    • Development
    • Manufacturing
  • Medical Engineering
    • Instrumentation
    • Materials
    • Diagnostic/Therapeutic Devices
    • Artificial Organs
    • Medical Equipment
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Bio-environmental Engineering

Employers:

  • Manufacturers of medical and surgical devices
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Federal government:
    • Regulatory agencies
    • Veteran's Administration
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Industry
  • Research facilities of educational and medical institutions

Area:

Chemical

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
    • Design and Construction
    • Project Engineering
    • Control Systems
    • Field Engineering
    • Process Engineering
  • Operations/Production
  • Environmental and Waste Management
    • Development
    • Design

Employers:

  • Independent research institutes
  • Consulting organizations
  • Chemical industry including:
    • Agricultural chemicals
    • Plastics
    • Industrial chemicals
    • Petroleum
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Cosmetic
    • Food processing
    • Atomic energy development
    • Environmental
  • Federal government including:
    • Department of Energy
    • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Manufacturing plants including automotive, air plane, paper, microelectronics, textiles, metals, rubber, food, and beverage

Area:

Civil

Sub-Area:

  • Structural
  • Urban and Community Planning
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Water Resources
  • Transportation and Pipeline
  • Geotechnical
  • Photogrammetry, Surveying and Mapping
  • Materials

Employers:

  • Construction industry
  • Engineering or architectural firms
  • Utility companies
  • Oil companies
  • Telecommunications businesses
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Railroads
  • State and federal government agencies

Area:

Electrical / Computer

Sub-Area:

  • Power Electronics
  • Power Systems
  • Communications
  • Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Microelectronics
  • Image Processing & Robotics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Plasma Engineering
  • Computer Vision

Employers:

  • Manufacturing firms and industry including:
    • Aeronautical/Aerospace
    • Automotive
    • Business machines
    • Professional and scientific equipment
    • Consumer products
    • Chemical and petrochemical
    • Computers
    • Construction
    • Defense
    • Electric utilities
    • Electronics
    • Environmental
    • Food and beverage
    • Glass, ceramics, and metals
    • Machine tools
    • Mining and metallurgy
    • Nuclear
    • Oceanography
    • Pulp and paper
    • Textiles
    • Transportation
    • Water and wastewater
  • Public utilities
  • Federal government including:
    • Armed forces
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    • National Institutes of Health
    • Bureau of Standards
    • Department of Defense
    • Various commissions
  • Consulting firms
  • Free-lance consulting

Area:

Industrial

Sub-Area:

  • Operations Research
  • Applied Behavioral Science Systems
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Information Engineering
  • Computer Systems Design and Development

Employers:

  • Manufacturing industries
  • Accounting firms
  • Retail distribution organizations
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Hospitals and healthcare organizations
  • Educational and public service agencies
  • Transportation industries
  • Construction industries
  • Public utilities
  • Electrical and electronics machinery industries
  • Consulting firms

Area:

Materials Science & Engineering

Sub-Area:

  • Metallurgy
  • Ceramics
  • Plastics/Polymers
  • Composites
  • Research
  • Extractive
  • Process
  • Applications
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Service
  • Consulting

Employers:

  • Materials producing companies
  • Manufacturing companies including automobiles, appliances, electronics, aerospace equipment, machinery, medicine
  • Service companies including airlines, railroads, and utilities
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies:
    • Department of Defense
    • National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)
  • Research institutes
  • Publishers

Area:

Mechanical

Sub-Area:

  • Mechanical Power Generation
    • Internal Combustion Engines
    • Jet Engines
    • Steam Power Plants
    • Rockets
    • Energy Utilization and Conservation
  • Thermal/Fluids
    • Thermodynamics
    • Environmental Control
    • Refrigeration
    • Instrumentation and Control
  • Machine Sciences
    • Mechanical Design
    • Manufacturing and Production
    • Robotics
    • Operation and Maintenance

Employers:

  • Transportation
    • Automotive industry, aerospace industry, military laboratories
  • Utilities
    • Steam driven electric power stations
  • Equipment Design
    • Plants
    • Nuclear power stations
  • Electronics industry
  • Petro-Chemical
    • Drilling & production, plant operations
  • Manufacturing
    • Consumer products, chemical products, farm equipment, industrial equipment, paper and wood products, textile equipment
  • Consulting engineering firms

Area:

Environmental

Sub-Area:

  • Design
  • Planning
  • Operations
  • Administration
  • Regulations

Employers:

  • Private industry and businesses involved with air pollution control, industrial hygiene, radiation protection, hazardous waste management, toxic materials control, water supply, storm water and wastewater management, solid waste disposal, public health, and land management
  • Private engineering consulting firms
  • Construction firms
  • Research firms
  • Testing laboratories
  • International organizations

Area:

Nuclear

Sub-Area:

  • Environment and Pollution
  • Health
  • Space Exploration
  • Consumer and Industrial Power
  • Food Supply
  • Transportation
  • Water Supply

Employers:

  • Electric and gas utility companies
  • Guided missile and space vehicle companies
  • Engineering consulting firms
  • Business services including medical industry
  • Manufacturers of nuclear power equipment
  • Research facilities
  • Military services
  • Defense manufacturers

Area:

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Sub-Area:

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials

Employers:

  • Industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Research organizations

General Information and Strategies

  • Bachelor's degree provides wide range of career opportunities in industry, business, and government.
  • Graduate degrees offer more opportunities for career advancement.
  • Bachelor's degree is good background for pursuing technical graduate degrees as well as professional degrees in Business Administration, Medicine or Law.
  • Related work experience obtained through co-op, internships, part-time or summer jobs, or regular employment is extremely beneficial.
  • Develop computer expertise within field.
  • Engineers need to think in scientific and mathematical terms, have ability to study data, sort out important facts, solve problems, and be logical thinkers. Creativity is useful.
  • Other helpful traits include intellectual curiosity, technical aptitude, perseverance, ability to communicate and work well with others, a commitment to teamwork, and a basic understanding of the economic and environmental context in which engineering is practiced.
  • Develop excellent verbal and written communications skills including presentation and technical report writing.
  • All states and the District of Columbia require registration of engineers whose work may affect the life, health, or safety of the public.
  • Professional or technical societies confer certification in some areas.
  • Join related professional organizations.
  • Most fields offer overseas opportunities with businesses or government agencies.
  • Because of rapid changes in most engineering fields, both continued education and keeping abreast of new developments are very important.
  • Most states require an EIT (Engineer-In-Training) test before taking a state examination to become a Professional Engineer (PE).
  • Search the Internet for additional information about individual disciplines.

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