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Which college should I go to for an engineer career?

I want somewhere to go somewhere that is known for their engineering program.

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The engineering admission process is on across the country.

If you're in the stream stream, chances are you are getting a lot of admission offers from various engineering colleges and institutes. Your choice should also be based upon your strengths and goals.

  1. Strengths
  2. Goals
  3. Choice
  4. Background Research
  5. A few recommendations Opt for a stream that aligns with your goals Opt for established college. Opt for new location So make sure all the decisions ultimately develop the qualities of a leader in you.

All the best!

Last updated Oct 28 '16 at 12:22

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Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program is the first step to becoming an electrical systems engineer. In addition to receiving a general education, students take electronic systems and energy conversion classes. CAD courses can teach students how to use computer software to calculate power requirements and test the performance of a system. Electrical engineering programs may include courses in electromagnetics, electronics and statistics. Bachelor's degree programs in computer engineering are usually acceptable to employers as well.

Success Tip: •Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Engineering graduates are eligible to take the first exam required to become licensed engineers. Those who pass this exam become known as engineer interns or engineers in training (EITs) and can start gaining the experience needed to take the second exam.

Step 2: Consider Earning a Master's Degree

Some employers prefer candidates who have completed a master's degree program in electrical engineering. Graduate programs may allow students to focus their studies in electronic circuits, communications or many other areas. Course topics may include embedded systems, systems engineering and digital signal processing.

Additionally, earning a master's degree can open up opportunities for employment in academia. Some schools may offer a combined bachelor's and master's degree program that can be completed in five years.

Step 3: Gain Experience

Entry-level positions typically include working under the supervision of an experienced engineer as well as on-the-job and in-class training. New hires may assist with collecting data on electrical system requirements, determining the efficiency of power generators and conducting field surveys to identify power system problems. Gaining experience can lead to mid-level engineering jobs and help an engineer get closer to obtaining an engineering license.

Step 4: Get an Engineering License

EITs with four years of work experience are eligible to take the second part of the licensing exam. EITs who successfully complete the exam become licensed PEs. Keep in mind that each state has different guidelines for PEs, so prospective engineers should check with their state board for more details.

States may require PEs to participate in continuing education activities to keep their licenses. Each state has different statutes and renewal periods.

Success Tip: •Find out what continuing education options are accepted by the state board and begin earning hours. Each state may have a different list of what counts as continuing education hours, but some common options include completing college courses, authoring papers and completing self-study programs. PEs may also wish to join an organization that offers continuing education courses.

Step 5: Advance to a Supervisory Position

Engineers who have enough experience and expertise may be qualified to supervise other engineers or manage engineering projects. Experienced engineers may also parlay their technical skills into a sales engineering job.

Last updated Oct 28 '16 at 13:32

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I'm not sure where you live, but start looking into "in-state" colleges and universities. You can go to their websites or google "engineering schools near me", or ".... in your state". You don't have to go to the top engineer school to get a job, just a good one. Your school counselor can also steer you in the right directions. Start with a 4 year degree and make sure engineering is what you want to do, you can get a masters later if desired. Some people have started with a technical (2 year) degree. We need technical people at all levels. Good luck.

Last updated Jan 08 at 10:58

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Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program is the first step to becoming an electrical systems engineer. In addition to receiving a general education, students take electronic systems and energy conversion classes. CAD courses can teach students how to use computer software to calculate power requirements and test the performance of a system. Electrical engineering programs may include courses in electromagnetics, electronics and statistics. Bachelor's degree programs in computer engineering are usually acceptable to employers as well.

Success Tip: •Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Engineering graduates are eligible to take the first exam required to become licensed engineers. Those who pass this exam become known as engineer interns or engineers in training (EITs) and can start gaining the experience needed to take the second exam.

Step 2: Consider Earning a Master's Degree

Some employers prefer candidates who have completed a master's degree program in electrical engineering. Graduate programs may allow students to focus their studies in electronic circuits, communications or many other areas. Course topics may include embedded systems, systems engineering and digital signal processing.

Additionally, earning a master's degree can open up opportunities for employment in academia. Some schools may offer a combined bachelor's and master's degree program that can be completed in five years.

Step 3: Gain Experience

Entry-level positions typically include working under the supervision of an experienced engineer as well as on-the-job and in-class training. New hires may assist with collecting data on electrical system requirements, determining the efficiency of power generators and conducting field surveys to identify power system problems. Gaining experience can lead to mid-level engineering jobs and help an engineer get closer to obtaining an engineering license.

Step 4: Get an Engineering License

EITs with four years of work experience are eligible to take the second part of the licensing exam. EITs who successfully complete the exam become licensed PEs. Keep in mind that each state has different guidelines for PEs, so prospective engineers should check with their state board for more details.

States may require PEs to participate in continuing education activities to keep their licenses. Each state has different statutes and renewal periods.

Success Tip: •Find out what continuing education options are accepted by the state board and begin earning hours. Each state may have a different list of what counts as continuing education hours, but some common options include completing college courses, authoring papers and completing self-study programs. PEs may also wish to join an organization that offers continuing education courses.

Step 5: Advance to a Supervisory Position

Engineers who have enough experience and expertise may be qualified to supervise other engineers or manage engineering projects. Experienced engineers may also parlay their technical skills into a sales engineering job.

Last updated Feb 01 at 16:28

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