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Engineering: Transform Concepts into Reality

Engineering: Transform Concepts into Reality

by Craig Friesen
March 20, 2008

It is through the efforts of engineers that such modern miracles as flexible skyscrapers, space travel, and microchips are possible. While those in engineering careers are not always those with the visions, they are the ones who give life to the visions.

What Is Engineering?
Individuals in engineering careers have an intimate understanding of reality. They take ideas and apply natural, physical, economic, and social laws to concepts to determine if and how a thing can be created. Within the broad heading of an engineering career, there are many diverse fields to occupy. With training in engineering while in school, careers in fields such as environmental engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, industrial engineering, or civil engineering, are possible.

What is the Job Outlook for Engineers?
The engineering field is a stable one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall engineering employment growth is projected to grow by 11% during the next decade. However, computer- and environmental-engineering specialties should see even more significant growth during the same period.

What Can I Learn in Engineering School?
Engineering school curriculums generally focus on mathematics as well as physical sciences such as chemistry, physics, and geometry. Computer application and design courses are also typically important. Depending upon the specialization you choose, your engineering school coursework might include some liberal arts and humanities courses as well. Most entry-level engineering positions require at least a bachelor's degree and management positions will likely require an advanced degree in engineering. Online degree programs are available for both of these degrees.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer living in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Indiana.