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How long do engineers go to school for?

I am interested in knowing because I intend to become one. #engineering

Thank you comment icon It depends on what engineering pathway you choose (ex: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering), but most engineering degrees are about four to five years of college if you are getting a bachelors degree. Allison

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Keith’s Answer

A bachelors degree is typical for a new engineer, which consists of 4 years of college. Some people also pursue masters degrees, which take an additional year or two, and allow you to specialize in a given field. In either case, it's also possible to do internships or co-ops during your education, which may also add a year or so, but that can provide you with valuable practical experience.

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Carla B. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

In addition to the great answers you have already gotten, I will add another here with a slightly different context. Many people who work in the field of engineering are working with tools and/or applications that are technology based. In that regard, they often are learning something new that isn't necessarily knowledge that is gained in a class room setting OR isn't a semester-long program.

In other words, consider that because the core to being a successful engineer is in being good problem solver, "school", that is learning, can and does take place in many spaces over varying periods of time. Be open to being a life long learner. Be open to understanding that even after you have completed your formalized learning programs in undergraduate and post graduate programs, there will always be a good opportunity (and maybe even a need) to learn something new.

Best of luck to you!
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Andrew’s Answer

Depend on your ultimate goal. If you want to become a Professional Engingeer (P.E.) then it will take about 8-15 years (school + working experience).
If you only want a Ph.D on engineering, it will take from 8-10 year of school depend on the path you took.
If you want an engineering job, it will take 4 - 6 year to get a Bachelor of science degree.
Be concerns that different path will have different length and pay.
I have not discussed the engineer who went fpr MBA it cost money but it make significantly more if you can find a job fit with it.
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