What steps do I take after high school to become an engineer?
I am a 15 year old interested in engineering. I am already in a CAD program at my school. The program does offer engineering. I am just wondering what to do after high school.
In general, all of these engineering subjects are under Engineering Faculty. To prepare to enter the Engineering Faculty, below are a few suggestions:
1. Find out the entry requirement of the engineering subjects in the college. It usually have requirements on high school maths & science subjects, e.g. Maths, Physics, Chemistry, etc. You may need to work hard on these subjects to ensure your score is good enough to enter the college.
2. Familiarize any software that may use in the Engineering subjects, e.g. CAD that you have mentioned
3. Explore any summer intern opportunities in the Engineering companies. This may help you to understand how the engineering works.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Engineering has a broad spectrum of specialties and I think it would be great to get to know a little bit of them to get to know what you really like . What I would do is reach to colleges or faculties that can give you a sneak peek of their programs. I would also encourage you too look for courses online and explore which ones sound interesting or do you like so that you can pinpoint your direction . With CAD is a great start , you´re going the right way . Good Luck !
1) Talk to one or more college academic advisors and ask them to answer your questions. You can also ask them if you can talk with a professor with specific knowledge of your interests. This will also help you to decide which college is best for you.
2) Ask around to identify a working engineer who will talk with you. Many professional engineers will be willing to explain the details of their profession. Remember that engineering is very diverse so two different mechanical engineers may be working in two different industries and thus, be doing two seemingly different jobs. Not only can the day-to-day tasks be different (design, analysis, testing, documentation) but the industries may be different (manufacturing, automotive, transportation, etc.).
3) Always try to get a summer intern or work-study job.
4) I am a firm believer in four-year university engineering degrees as they will provide you the credibility (degree) that will allow you to earn a good salary, good benefits, and good career stability and flexibility. If you like technical/engineering things, you should find an engineering career to be quite stimulating and fun.
Then you can choose a right engineering school and start identifying their admission requirements and try to meet them.
Lastly identify some computer skills like programming, some applications that can help you during your studies and prepare now itself.
Invest your time in reading good books related engineering and technology. This will help your mind orient towards engineering.