Different Types of Engineering

Majoring in engineering can lead you into a high-paid career. “Engineering is not science. Engineers generally don’t “do” science. Science is about discovering the natural. Engineering is creating the artificial.” as defined by discoverengineering.org. You may know what engineering means, but do you know all the types of engineering?

"Engineering is creating the artificial" ( Photo by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth)

“Engineering is creating the artificial” ( Photo by Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth)

Chemical Engineering

Are you interested in using chemicals to benefit humans? If your answer is “YES”, chemical engineering might be right for you. Chemical engineers use or create chemicals or materials to become useful. Check the following bullet points to see if you should major in chemical engineering:

  • Good at chemistry in high school.
  • Have taken AP chemistry and enjoyed it
  • Interested in different materials
  • Love to discover new things
  • Passion in protecting environment by creating new chemicals and materials

Civil Engineering

Were you the child who always loved to build houses or make sand castle on the beach? Civil engineering might be right for you. Civil engineers design buildings or other structures. Check the following bullet points to see if you should major in civil engineering:

  • Interested in building constructions
  • Want to be involved in city planning and building
  • Do things in an organized and prudential way
  • Like designing rooms or buildings

Electrical Engineering

Do you want to know how your phone, mp3, or other electronic work? Electrical engineering might be right for you. Electrical engineers work with anything related to electricity. You may work on designing a new electronic or build a power plant which is essential in this modern world. Check the following bullet points to see if you should major in electrical engineering:

  • Loved the electricity part in high school physic class
  • The kid who always “tear” electronics up to see how it was manufactured
  • Want to contribute to the power system in your area

Mechanical Engineering

Will you enjoy building a car or roller coaster? Mechanical engineering might be right for you. Mechanical engineers deal with almost everything that has a mechanical part in it. You may design fun things like toys for children or design important things like air planes. Mechanical engineers usually work with other engineers like electrical engineers. Check the following bullet points to see if you should major in mechanical engineering:

  • Good at physics
  • Love cars or other vehicles
  • Interested in space program

Industrial Engineering

Do you want to learn how to make a system more efficient? Industrial engineering might be right for you. Industrial engineers work to make a manufacturing system more efficient or solve problems in a manufacturing line. Check the following bullet points to see if you should major in industrial engineering:

  • Passion in making things more efficient
  • You are organized
  • Good at using all kinds of resources to achieve a big goal
  • Think in big pictures

Other Types of Engineering

There are many other types of engineering that are not covered here. Check this post to learn about science and engineering degrees. And here are some websites you may go to learn about all kinds of engineering:

Engineering.com

Discoverengineering.org

Wikipedia:list of engineering branches

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One comment on “Different Types of Engineering
  1. Jane says:

    You have to do your job with passion and love. The same thing is with engineering and it is great that you mentioned it in your article. Great work!

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