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What are the Four Main Types of Engineering? what are 3 careers of each type?(please answer this as soon as possible)

Updated Florence, South Carolina

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Joseph’s Answer

Updated Long Beach, California

This sounds like an essay question from a homework assignment. It would be of absolutely no use to anyone if I were to answer the question so you can cut and paste it into your homework assignment. In any case, it is best for you if you do the research yourself. Google is your friend!

Peter’s Answer

Updated Kent, Washington

Hello, Drew.

There are actually about a dozen major types of Engineering. I had a long, satisfying and prosperous career in Civil Engineering. I specialized in Water Resources. Among other activities, I reviewed water pollution problems and developed solutions, prepared water plans for a number of communities, carried out flood control studies for many communities and designed lake and stream restoration measures for water bodies in the Northwest. Numerous career opportunities lies with Academia, local state and federal agencies and professional consulting firms, where I spent nearly all of my career.

Peter recommends the following next steps:

  • Delve into Civil Engineering as a career
  • Conact a representative (online) of your local American society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Jennifer’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

Hi Drew!

There are many types of engineering including aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, etc.

There are many career opportunities in store for someone with an engineering degree. For example, my degree is in Industrial Engineering and I work for a telecommunications company in a business management role. I am currently transitioning into a data scientist role and may even do some development work.

Engineering degrees are a great stepping stone for all types of careers. One way to open even more doors for yourself is to add a business degree. I earned I minor in Supply Chain Management and hope to pursue an MBA in a few years time which will allow me to have a wider skill set and a better understand of the business industry as a whole.

Engineering is a great field to go into and you really can't go wrong with any branch. I wish you the best of luck in school and in your career!

that is not helpful at all I asked for the 4 main types not most of them
Dear Drew, This response is rather ungraceful of you. Please show respect and appreciation for the people who went out of their way to help you and took time out of their day to answer your questions and give helpful advice based on their hard-won experience.

G. Mark’s Answer


Sorry it took so long, but this is as soon as possible for me :-) . There are many, many types of engineering. And in each of these, there are a vast array of possible actual job activities, projects, problems to solve, and approaches to solving those problems. But I think you're asking about the basic, classical "archetypical" branches of engineering. Mechanical Engineering -- as multitudinous the applications and variations of that there are -- is one. Another is Electrical Engineering. I personally believe it has a lot of overlap with Mechanical. Especially since technology today more frequently demands electrical engineering and a branch of it -- Computer Engineering -- to be applied alongside it. Another classic example is Chemical Engineering, also subject to that same overlap. Then many people would consider the fourth to be Civil Engineering, which address problems directly affecting people and environment. And obviously, this last one overlaps with the others quite frequently. Now, there are more off-shoots, such as Aeronautical, Petroleum, Energy, etc., etc.. But these are generally defined not by their study, but rather the classifications of the problems they solve. It would be hard to be an Aeronautical Engineer and not use mechanics, electronics, computers, chemicals, etc., etc.. Three careers for each tend to be, in my opinion, focused on first, the basic, hands-on problem solving and implementation, second, the Systems Engineer level, which is concerned more with architecture, requirements, problem definition, process and control, and third, engineering management, which requires knowledge of the other two in order to make the process of solving a problem and implementing and supporting the solution as efficient as possible.

Timothy’s Answer

Updated Dallas, Texas

Go to a local university's website and look for engineering. For instance, I have listed UT Dallas


You will see where they had engineering day and read about it. At the bottom of the page is a link to the 6 engineering departments at UT Dallas. You can browse these to see different engineering degree programs and what people do with these degrees. UT Dallas has a very large engineering and computer science school. Currently, they have the 4th largest computer science program in the U.S.

Timothy recommends the following next steps:

  • Go visit https://engineering.utdallas.edu/
  • Go visit Massachusett's Institute of Technology and review the degrees.
  • Search for nearby universities that have engineering schools and see if your parents will take you over to visit. Many of them have outreach programs for middle and high school students. For instance, UT Dallas has 1,000 engineering / coding camps over the summer.