In yesterdays blog I discussed how to get into a career path to engineering. But there are just so many different branches of engineering, I thought I would get into more detail, and refer you to school schools that specialize.
An Architect will draw up blueprints for a house or building, but the Architectural Engineer is the one who makes those blueprints come to life in the real world. This kind of engineer applies science to the blueprints and schematics, to make sure the structures will be sturdy in practice instead of just pretty on paper. It is not unusual for this engineer to be present during construction.
Cornell University offers a Masters Degree in Architectural Engineering.
Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering is a high stress, high pressure job with big rewards possible. This kind of engineer designs and develops aircraft, both military and private sector, and works to improve existing aircraft technology. They also test aircraft and aircraft components, and this field has a rigorous testing process for all its equipment. It has been reported that an aerospace engineer can earn around one hundred thousand dollars per year.
Must University offers several different degrees and diplomas in Aerospace engineering, from a certificate of completion through an Associates, Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate in the field.
Biomedical Engineering is a growing field, with two different specializations. In biomedical, engineers can focus on technology — developing or improving medical equipment and devices such as medical imaging machines. Or they can focus on developing new procedures, both for treatment of disease and infirmity, or for diagnosis.
Keiser University is one of the schools that offers degrees in Biomedical Engineering and technology. This includes an Associates certificate and a Bachelors degree.
Nuclear Engineering covers a lot of information. Not only does it entail developing new ways of nuclear energy production, but also the fundamentals of nuclear physics, splitting atoms, harnessing that energy, having structures and equipment capable of handling the energy, and finding new ways to dispose of toxic nuclear waste. Nuclear engineers also take what they learn about the principles of nuclear energy and apply it in other fields of study.
The University Of Tennessee in Knoxville has one of the oldest and most well established Nuclear Engineering programs in the country. It offers a post-graduate certificate, a Masters, and a Doctorate degree through their on line program.
Petroleum Engineers work primarily with fossil fuels. They develop and design new ways to remove oil and fuel from the earth, and improve upon existing technology that does those jobs. They also develop the machines and equipment used for transporting, storing, and delivering fuel. A petroleum engineer will usually work as part of a team, and will often have to split their time between and office, a laboratory, and a drill site or work site.
The University of Southern California is one of the few schools that offers this specialization as an on line degree. They have a distance learning program to earn a Masters in Petroleum Engineering (Smart Oilfield Technology)