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An engineer uses science, technology and math to solve problems. We can see engineering everywhere in the world around us, improving the ways we work, travel, communicate, stay healthy, and entertain. Today, the field of engineering offers more career choices than any other discipline.
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Engineers design machinery, build skyscrapers, and oversee public works, but they address society's needs and problems on so many other levels as well. At a molecular level, they work on drug delivery systems that work inside cells. At a macro level, they quantify the particle flow of pollutants through soil to clean up oil spills, abandoned industrial sites and other biohazards. At a galactic level, they are designing spacecraft for other-planet exploration. At an atomic level, they are developing data storage that focuses on the spin of electrons in atoms. Clean drinking water, safe food storage, and the protection of our environment are also under the domain of the engineer.
The following are various types of engineers. Click on each type to learn what they do.
- designs, develops, builds, and tests mechanical devices, including tools, engines and machines
- designs and supervises large construction projects, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment
- locates reservoirs of natural gas and crude oil beneath the earth's surface
- directs and coordinates the design, manufacture, and testing of aircraft and aerospace products
- conceptualizes and designs processes for producing, transforming and transporting materials
- creates robots and robotic systems that are able to perform duties that humans are either unable or prefer not to complete
- sells complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses
- analyzes and designs solutions to problems in biology and medicine
- develops new chemical products that can be used by a multitude of companies and individuals
- uses the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems
- finds ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes
- creates and improves systems and products that use photonics—lasers, optics, fiber optics, and imaging
- designs and develops new electrical equipment, solves problems and tests equipment
Mining and Geological Engineer
- designs mines for the safe and efficient removal of minerals, such as coal and metals, for manufacturing and utilities
- investigates the microscopic interactions between various materials
- researches and develops the processes, instruments, and systems used to get benefits from nuclear energy and radiation
- is responsible for ensuring that all components of the plane are in proper working order
- is involved in coordinating the activity in virtually any technical department aboard a commercial, research and even military ship
- seeks to learn new things that can change the face of health, science, technology, and the environment on a molecular level
- takes care of sewage and wastewater and makes sure that clean water is available to citizens
Biofuel Manufacturing Research Engineer
- selects, tests, and recommends equipment and process improvements for the production of alternative fuel
- is engaged in computer software development, and applies engineering principles to software creation
Computer Systems Engineer
- provides advice to clients regarding the appropriate hardware and/or software to ensure that their computer systems meet their needs
Computer Hardware Engineer
- researches, designs, develops, and tests computer equipment such as chips, circuit boards, or routers
Software Quality Assurance Engineer
- monitors every phase of the software development process so as to ensure design quality
The workplace of an engineer depends on the type of engineer, their actual job description and the company they work for. Many engineers work in an office environment, some work in the field overseeing their projects, and others, like a ship engineer, travel almost 100% of the time.