If math, physics, design, and problem solving are your fort?, general engineering studies may whet your appetite and prepare you for a rewarding career. Colleges, universities, and special schools offer certificates as well as AA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees in general engineering. In these college majors, students participate in detailed research and hands-on training in engineering principles, operations and applied mathematics. If you decide to do more than generalize, you?ll build a solid foundation upon which you can advance into a specific engineering field.
General engineers find occupations within a broad marketplace: commercial, industrial, construction, energy, materials, electronics, chemical, environmental, health and safety, mining, and more. You might choose coursework across many disciplines to broaden your general engineering understanding and build credentials for the workplace. Mechanical engineers, for example, profit from a general understanding of electrical engineering principles. Computing or electrical engineers may benefit from generalized coursework in signal dynamics or power systems.
General Engineering Coursework has Broad Applications
No matter which engineering specialty sparks your interest, your general research and systems education will dovetail with your career choice. Most engineers will eventually be called to draw upon their educational background in research management and methodology, R & D basics, economics and materials resources, and safety procedures.
Whether you hope to design a new bridge, troubleshoot blueprints for a new airliner, brainstorm a new computer storage system, or develop environmental compliance procedures for a mining operation, a fundamental general engineering background will serve you. Even the most revolutionary suspension bridge depends on a basic foundation.
Publish date: February 10, 2011