Ezra, to become an engineer it starts with a passion for math and physical science. In high school, take classes at the highest level of classes available for both. If there are classes in robotics or programming, these are also useful. Look for hobbies or extra curricular activities that allow you to explore these areas.
Engineering is very broad, so selecting the discipline to nice, but not required. If you, your counselor, parent, or friends parents know any engineers, set up some time to talk with them about what they do and why they like it.
Glenn recommends the following next steps:
- Take the right classes in high school. Trig, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry
- If available, take classes in technical drawing, robotics, computer programming
- Find extracurricular programs that align with engineering
- Find working engineers and set up time to discuss their career