Different Types of Engineering Degrees

Different Types of Engineering Degrees

August 28, 2018


How well do you know the right type of engineering for you? Engineering and what it involve is relatively extensive in retrospect, there are all sorts ways of becoming an engineer in a wide-ranging fields. To assist you in making this important decision, you should identify what you are passionate about. You can look for what excites you, and what you find yourself spending much of your free time on.

All types of engineering careers are centered on problem-solving and generally focus on making life easier and better. In that case, what type of engineering-associated solutions buzzes you most? If you choose a subject that you are naturally interested in, it is likely that you will stay motivated during your course and find it easier getting involved with the subject as you pursue your engineering career.

The following is a rundown of the various types of engineering degrees to help you choose which could be the best for you.

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering

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This engineering field is about researching, design, development, building, testing, and the science and technology of aircrafts. Some degrees in this field may also focus on astronautical engineering for a career in spacecraft and the in-depth conditions of space.

The Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering field is for you if you have a keen interest in the mechanics of flight travel; you are intrigued by computer simulation and understanding how aircraft technology works and various condition; and you are captivated by the methodology and history of flight machines, from the inceptive conceptual sketches to the modern-day advanced jets. Degrees in aeronautics can specialize in composites analysis, propulsion materials and structures, Avionics, aerodynamics, and aeroelasticity.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is majorly concerned with the use of chemicals and biological processes to generate solutions in the form of materials and/or substances. It is a multifaceted career field that combines experimental and natural sciences such as physics and chemistry with life sciences including biology, biochemistry and microbiology, and in special cases economics and mathematics.

Chemical engineering is for you if you have a great interest in chemical processes behind every day products; have an analytical mindset; and if you are considering pursuing chemistry or any other life or natural science. Degrees specializations in chemical engineering include plant design, chemical reaction engineering, process engineering, transport phenomena, and/or process design.

 Civil engineering

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This line of engineering career entails designing and developing infrastructural structures. Infrastructural projects can be on a huge scales such as building a nationwide transport or water supply network, or on a smaller scale such as developing a building or a single road. You can pursue a degree in this field if you would like to develop design skills, especially in computer-aided design (CAD); you are interested in designing and building structures; and if you have keen interest in mechanics, geo-techniques, hydraulics, materials science, and statistical analysis.

Degree specializations in civil engineering include architectural engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, hydraulic engineering, and environmental engineering.

Computer engineering

Computer engineering entails the design and prototyping of computing software and hardware. This field merges computer science and electrical engineering and therefore it might become hand-on to study computer engineering alongside either of the two subjects.

A career in computer engineering might be the right one for you if you are interested in mathematics, computers and science and would want to pursue more about how computers operate at a physical level; you are interested in an engineering career that is related to computing; and you would want to produce new items and systems based on computer technology.

Degree specializations in computer engineering include networking and network security, computer graphics, computer architecture, and microcontroller or microprocessor systems. You may find that some computer engineering specialties such as computer graphics and network security overlap with similar subjects offered in computer science degrees.

Electrical and Electronics engineering

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Both electrical and electronics engineering focuses on the various applications of electrical power. However, the two fields differ in that electronic engineers study smaller electrical circuitry such as those used in computers and other gadgets, while electrical engineers study large-scale generation and distribution of electrical power.

The two fields are suited for those interested in learning how electrical devices and systems operates; those intentions to power the next phase of technological development; as well as those who naturally would want to understand different concepts in electrical systems and have ideas that can further their improvements.

Degrees in electrical and electronics engineering can specialize in areas such power production and supply, media and communications, and computers and robotic systems.

Mechanical engineering

This is one of the oldest, the broadest type of engineering which entails designing, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical technologies. A career in mechanical engineering involves studying dynamics and statics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, technical drawing, stress analysis, and mechanical designs.

A career in mechanical engineering is the right one for you if have key interest in working within an interdisciplinary team in the development and improvement of mechanical systems; you are interested in developing new and innovative designs in various fields such as artificial intelligence and sustainable energy; and if you like fiddling with mechanical devices.

Apart from being the oldest and the broadest engineering field, mechanical engineering has multiple specializations including manufacturing, combustion, transportation systems, robotics and nanotechnology. Mechanical engineering subjects may also be combined with various other field in careers such as mechatronic engineering (mechanical and electronic engineering) and computer and control engineering.

Engineering Management

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This is an interdisciplinary engineering field that has developed in the recent years in response to industry demand for management-oriented engineers. Careers in engineering management combines industrial engineering knowledge and business know-how that jointly bring out a management-focused approach to engineering projects. Another way of pursuing engineering management is by studying any of the above engineering degrees alongside a management course.

This career endeavor is suited for those with interest in understanding the commercialization of different engineering projects and solving management challenges that accompany technical engineering; those who intend to take on a managerial role in engineering projects; and those who want to oversee the development, manufacture, marketing and distribution of engineering products.

Degree specializations in engineering management include engineering mathematics, operations management, management science, business statistics, decision engineering, and engineering statistics.

Written by Kui Anne


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