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What steps do you need to take to become an engineer?

Asked Carrollton, Texas

I'm asking so I can plan ahead and know what to do before hand. #engineer

4 answers

Kook’s Answer

Updated Arcadia, California

Visit one of the engineering associations (ASPE.org, CWEA.org, ASHRAE.org, and etc.) chapter meetings:

  1. Email the chapter president/membership and identify that you are a student interested in engineering career. Most chapters have a reduce rate for students or thru sponsorship for cost of attending a meeting.
  2. You will not understand what the topic of the presentation: The purpose is to meet; engineers who are currently working in the field of interest. During the "self introduction" just state: "I am a student and I want to be an engineer". The engineers at the meeting table will provide insight into the daily activities of an engineer.
  3. Keep an open mind on the type of engineering career: equipment design (pumps, motors and etc), building design (electrical wiring, plumbing, storm water systems and etc.), wastewater treatment (pump stations, chemical injection system, hazardous waste systems, and controls), building code enforcement (building structural design, HVAC systems, life safety systems, and etc.), construction (scheduling, cost, and etc), traffic control (road design), and etc.
  4. 99% of engineering work is will not sound exciting: Everything you touched (designed by an engineer); everything you see - boats, cars, computers, chair, desk, building, pencil (designed by an engineer); everything you operate - lights, water, vehicle (designed by an engineer).
  5. The type of engineer - There is an engineering association for it.



Kook recommends the following next steps:

  • Visit one of the engineering associations (ASPE.org, CWEA.org, ASHRAE.org, and etc.) chapter meetings: Email the chapter president/membership and identify that you are a student interested in engineering career. Most chapters have a reduce rate for students or thru sponsorship for cost of attending a meeting.

Michael’s Answer

Updated

INTERNSHIPS INTERNSHIPS INTERNSHIPS! If you want to work in industry find an engineering related job even if it is not in your field apply to it, work hard and build relationships. You will be exposed to more people and more opportunities this way. Go on linkedIn, go on Craigs list, anything really. Learn programming! This will help with any work, if you can develop good coding or macros in CAD software you will be an invaluable tool when designing things for yourself and for the company you work for.

Michael recommends the following next steps:

  • Get an engineering related internship even if it is simply reviewing CAD documents or developing fixtures. Start out easy and get exposed! Branch out once you start learning invaluable work related skills.
  • Get a degree from any ABET related school, honestly it does not matter where you get a degree however some companies will only hire you if you are from the Big 10.
  • Learn how to program in C++, Python or C sharp. Learn how to make efficient designs by programming optimizing tools.

Juan David’s Answer

Updated Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela

If you want to make a plan to become an engineer it would be hard to explain, but it could be explained as a person who study a lot, develop math and physics skills, analyze EVERYTHING that is around her/she and tries to do the best always.

Juan David recommends the following next steps:

  • Study a lot!
  • Analyze the problems
  • Look for answers.

SUNU’s Answer

Updated Kottayam, Kerala, India

Love towards engineering field.. Engineering is not about academic but its about skills and seeing things differently. An engineer needs to a out of box thinker

SUNU recommends the following next steps:

  • Observe:- Observe Everything Around you.
  • Learn:Always be a learner because knowledge is unlimited
  • Think :- Always think beyond boundaries
  • Do :- Believe in something and make it happen