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What are the requirements for a career in engineering?

I have been passionate in engineering, but I am looking for help because I am not sure what I should be looking to do in high school or college. #engineering #college #highschool

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Nadir’s Answer

Most important subject for any engineering discipline is mathematics. This includes, arithmetic, calculus, trigonometry, geometry, etc. Second most important subject is physics. Nowadays computer program is a must for engineering. Please focus on these subjects in your high school. Please inform and I can elaborate on different engineering disciplines.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Jared H.

I am soooo glad that you used the word "career" in your question. It appears to me that by using that word, you understand that being an engineer can (and does) take many forms. I graduated with an engineering degree many many years ago. But I only spent the first half of my career doing actual "engineering work". This was as a network engineer. I have had jobs in sales, operations and marketing as well.

I share my journey with you because a career in engineering, requires, in my view, a continued interest in learning how things work. Technically speaking, math for sure...As mentioned above there is a lot of math that goes into a sound engineering background.

If you are in high school, or even in college, I also recommend taking a class or two in programming. Just try it out to see what you learn. I took very lightweight programming when I was in high school. When I went to college, I took only two actual programming classes. One of the two I took for a pass/fail grade, just to learn it. Today, in my job, I program almost every day. The point here, getting comfortable with programming languages, first one, then another, then another...will only serve you in good ways in your engineering career journey.

Best of luck to you!
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Jonathan’s Answer

From my experience I would say to try get ahead with as many math and Physics class possible. If you have the chance to take AP calculus do so. This is because you will be exposed to advance mathematics and when you go to community college (if you decide to do that) you will score higher in the Math assessment that decides which Math class you will take. It is good to have a good start in Math because they will not let you take Physics unless you are in advance Math (I believe calculus if im not mistaken). Therefore, this would help you take the physics classes faster hence you will be able to transfer faster. If you are planning to go to a 4 year university right away it is still good for you to take as much Math and Physics as you can in High School because it will expose you to the topics that you will be seeing later.
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Bill’s Answer

Hi Jared, I agree with the other answers that math and physics are important skills to have. In addition, being inquisitive, a problem solver, a critical thinker, and able to learn from your mistakes are important traits to possess in the Engineering field. One other skill that is frequently overlooked is being a good writer and having a solid understanding of the English language / grammar. You must be able to succinctly and clearly communicate your thoughts, methods, findings, and results to your supervisors, peers, and customers. Finally, for many of the same reasons, I suggest that you take public speaking classes whenever you have the opportunity. Communication is an essential skill and will ultimately enable you to be an effective communicator in Engineering or any career that you seek. Keep asking those good questions!
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