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Engineer Jobs - 7 Steps to Becoming an Engineer


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There is a wide variety of disciplines that are encompassed under engineer jobs. Mechanical engineer jobs and electrical engineer jobs are two of the different disciplines. It is important to understand the studies and tasks one most go through will vary greatly based on the type of engineering they are going into. Mathematical skills and principles as well as scientific principles are required for problem solving in that is required of an engineer. There are also civil engineers, aerospace, computer, environmental, and chemical. All courses of study to become an engineer are time consuming and intense. Most people start their journey to become an engineer in high school. Here is a guide to help you become an engineer.

Step 1 - Start Your Studies as Soon as Possible

This means planning in high school and picking the courses you take carefully. Take as many math courses and physical sciences courses as possible; if available take the AP course for each class. The stronger your background is in these areas the more likely you are going to be able to get into the school of your choice.

Step 2 - Prepare for the SAT

You are going to include the math and science sections on the SAT test when you take it, as these sections are required when applying for an engineering program regardless of whether you are looking at mechanical engineering jobs or electrical engineering jobs. Again a solid performance on the SAT is very important to help make sure you get to go to the college of your choice.

Step 3 - Investigate the Different Engineering Fields

As stated earlier, there are a wide variety of disciplines under the engineering umbrella. To help you decide on which type of engineering jobs you are going to be interested in, it is a good idea to take a look at what each discipline entails. Take a look at what a typical day would be like with mechanical engineering jobs or electrical engineering jobs. In doing this you will have a better idea of what field you really want to go in to.

Step 4 - Investigate the College Programs Available for Engineers

Generally speaking most college programs have a pre-engineering program that can last anywhere from 2 to 3 years before you enter the engineering program specific to the field you are going to enter. Once in the engineering program of your choice you are looking at another 2 to 3 years of studies. It is also important when looking at the programs each school has investigate the reputation of that school as well. You want your degree from a college that has a solid reputation in the engineering industry.

Step 5 - Ambition is Good But Self Preservation Is Important

Engineering is very demanding, time consuming, and tedious. Don't try to get through the process quicker then need be, take your summer off, make sure you are resting during breaks so that you can give the program your all during the regular school year. You should also look into any internships that are available. This will help you have hands on understanding of what you are working towards and may help you with getting a job once you graduate.

Step 6 - Consider Furthering Your Specialization

Once getting your bachelor degree there are two paths you can take, you can either take a look at the engineering jobs available in your specialty with a bachelor’s degree or go on to graduate school.

Step 7 - Get Your Engineer License

A professional engineer license will help advance your career greatly. To get your license you first need to take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, complete four years of work experience in a position that is acceptable and meet the state requirements where you live. Once you have completed those steps you will sit for the Principles and Practices of Engineering exam.

A job in the engineering field is a challenging yet creative opportunity for you to be involved in. Generally speaking the starting salary for an engineer is rather high and there is plenty of room for advancement. If you are looking for a solid foundation consider a career in engineering. Whether you are looking for mechanical engineering jobs, electrical engineering jobs, or engineering jobs in general you can find them at EngineeringCrossing.com. There are thousands of listings available. Sign up for a FREE trial today!


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