What to Expect
A future in engineering
Engineering is the art of applying scientific and mathematical principles, experience, judgment, and common sense to make things that benefit people.
Engineers design everything from dams and bridges to circuit boards. Engineering is the process of producing a technical product or system to meet a specific need. Engineers can be distinguished from other professions by their ability to solve complex problems and implement solutions in cost effective and practical ways. This ability to face a problem, work through various thoughts and abstract ideas and then translating them into reality is what is so exciting about engineering.
What’s it like to work in the field of engineering?
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“Becoming an engineer allows you to use your creativity to impact the world around you in a fun, rewarding, and hands on career.”
The path to becoming a licensed engineer includes four main steps.
- Earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
- Complete at least four years of engineering experience
- Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam
All states require licensure for engineers who offer their services directly to the public. Engineers who are licensed are called Professional Engineers (PE).
The careers available in the field of engineering are wide ranging and always in need. Learn more about some of the careers available in engineering.
Individuals that excel in the field of engineering are strong in mathematics and science, are highly analytical and detail oriented, and are imaginative and creative. Successful engineers also have good communication skills, enjoy working in teams, and enjoy building or improving the way things work.
The ACE Program is open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in engineering — from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping.
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By working with real professionals in real work environments, ACE students receive an invaluable hands-on education — they learn to understand the day-to-day workings of a business by living it, and experiencing it, not just reading about it.
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