Being a Successful Engineer
The bachelor’s degree is usually a four-year program nowadays, but many students extend it to five or six years depending upon the duration of their final degree projects. The four-year program is also referred to as honors in engineering that is recognized as equivalent to the master’s degree. There are also two-year and four-year degree programs called diplomas in engineering technology which include more practical work based on engineering principles and laboratory classes rather than theoretical knowledge. But these technical graduates are not considered as professional engineers. Moreover, to get admission in an engineering college or university, it is important for the student to have a strong pre-engineering background with sufficient knowledge about mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Mathematics knowledge should include algebra, geometry, calculus, theorems, and trigonometry. After their bachelor’s degree is complete, the engineers need to get licensed in order to start their engineering career, which makes them licensed engineers or professional engineers. After becoming licensed, the engineers are offered a wide variety of jobs with higher salaries as compared to any other graduation. According to an estimate, engineers held 1.5 million jobs in 2006…civil engineering (256,000), mechanical engineering (227,000), industrial engineering (201,000), electrical engineering (153,000), and electronic engineering, not including computer engineering (138,000) (About.com, 2009).After gaining entry-level jobs with reputed companies, engineers use theories and principles from their acquired knowledge to solve technical problems economically, develop complex structures and designs, undergo the decision-making process, perform testing keeping in mind the time and cost required to complete a project, and gain experience. The more experience working on the field, the more is the worth of an engineer. An experienced engineer may be made a supervisor, manager, or a technical expert administering a workforce, younger engineers, diploma holders, or technicians.