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How much education you need to become a engineer?

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Nastaran’s Answer

To become an engineer, you'd first need to finish high school. Engineering majors requires mathematics and physics background. So, I'd suggest practice those topics well at high-school. You apply for a college or university which offers an engineering major. Once accepted you will start an undergraduate degree which usually takes 4-5 years of studying. The study includes taking technical courses and studying engineering topics as well as taking some practical courses depending on the discipline that you study . You usually select the engineering major before entering the university which means you decide between different engineering majors, such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, ...

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Walter’s Answer

I've been a software engineer, and then manager, for 30+ years. Over that time, I would say that the technical knowledge I got in college was slightly useful but most of it became outdated over time anyway. The reasoning and critical thinking skills I got from science classes have been more useful and have held up better. But the "soft skills" - the curiousity, empathy, listening, and expressive communication that I got from poetry, literature, music, and creative writing - those are what have made my career successful and set me apart from my peers.

When I look at resumes I see far too many from people who have been taught to spit back answers and think robotically - who have been told what to know, rather than taught how to ask questions and get answers. Some of my strongest, most successful engineer hires have been from fields other than CS: sociology, psychology, astrophysics.

Don't skip the liberal arts and soft sciences - ultimately they will prove more valuable than the engineering classes, and they are harder to make up for later on.

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Tony’s Answer

Our future is in the hand of the youth. I admire you for thinking of your future, starting early, starting strong.

To answer you question, it takes 4 years to complete a bachelor's degree in engineering, but you don't stop learning after acquiring your degree. Just like any other career out there, continuous education is important. We don't stop learning even though we already have a degree, a job, a career. Knowledge is the most important possession you can have, and no one can take that away from you. Continue pursuing your passion, continue your dream.

Your degree can get you a job that pays the bill but continuous education will get you a career.

I got my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineer in the Philippines and it took me 5.5 years, and that was 25 years ago. It was hard work but it's all worth it. The school taught me to be analytical, to be resilient, to be ethical and to be great. The school curriculum here in the US is very different and much better than the Philippines.

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Rola’s Answer

To hold the bachelor degree in Engineering, it will take typically 3-4 years. But do not forget that being an engineer will require from you to be up-to-date with engineering and technology and will require you to keep learning continuously.