Hello Charlie. Before you even choose your college or branch of engineering to study, take as much math and science as you can before you graduate high school. You will be taking calculus, physics and chemistry in any engineering program, therefore it's important to prepare for those classes. If possible, attend a STEM magnet high school. Also try to intern in an engineering office in order to get a sense of the work that goes on. When you are ready to choose a college, look for one that has ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation for the engineering school or at least the discipline (mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, etc.) you wish to study. It will be hard to find work with a degree from a program that lacks ABET accreditation.