So…you want to be an engineer?

What is Engineering? So…you want to be an engineer? But…what exactly does engineering entail? What do engineers do?

The Why and the How of Engineering

Encyclopedia Britannica describes engineering as “the application of science to the optimum conversion of the resources of nature to the uses of humankind.” And it is that – but it’s also so much more than that.

Engineering is the art of the possible. It’s applying skill and creative thinking to solving the world’s biggest challenges. It’s seeing what isn’t so and finding ways to make it so. From climate change to connectivity, clean water to cybersecurity, engineering touches every aspect of our lives. Engineers are the catalyst behind what’s called the “built environment”: the homes we live in, the buildings we work in, and the roads, bridges, rail networks, and airports that get us there. Engineers design how our world works and how we can bring it closer together.

Engineers approach every project with the mindset of, “How can I make this better…more efficient…safer…greener?” Engineering is a field composed of relentless problem solvers – and there are a host of disciplines and sub-fields from which to choose. Whether you are fascinated by the wonders of AI and drone technology or you want to leverage your organizational skills into a project manager role, there is something within the engineering field for everyone.

What challenges inspire you? 

Every day, engineers are developing solutions to help mitigate the effects of climate change, suppress, and prevent wildfires, and make our air and water cleaner. They are bringing the world closer together by designing smart infrastructure to support autonomous vehicles. Engineers are expanding the world by making buildings more accessible to everyone regardless of ability, and they are innovating new applications of technology using drones, data analysis, and quantum computing to solve our most complex challenges.

A career in engineering is an opportunity to serve people and the planet alike, and to leverage your passion into the service of both.

How do you want to change the world?

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