If you enjoy exploring new technology, or are interested in technical or scientific issues, then a degree in engineering can open up a whole world of opportunities.
Just about everything we rely on in our everyday lives was invented by an engineer. From roads and railways to computers and mobile phones, from the energy that powers homes to the medical equipment that saves lives. Engineers solve problems and challenges, and develop faster, safer or more cost-effective ways of doing things.
If you’re interested in studying engineering, which path will you take? There are so many different options, and you will need to choose your specialisation early in your degree.
Civil engineers build the infrastructure that makes our cities work. Bridges, buildings, transport and roads, civil engineers are always looking for new ways to make things safer and stronger, more sustainable, and also less expensive.
While civil engineers work on big things like skyscrapers, bioengineers spend their days looking through a microscope, working with organisms as small as a cell. They are developing more accurate ways to diagnose disease, and better ways to treat it, and often work as part of a team with materials scientists, medical researchers, biologists and mechanical or electronic engineers.
Do you enjoy figuring out circuits or building robots? Electronic engineers are in big demand as the pace of technological change escalates. We need better ways to connect networks and automate processes. You could work with car circuits or build robotic technology that allows humans to avoid the more mundane tasks.
Did you dream of building a rocket ship as a kid? Aeronautical engineers design and build planes, satellites, missiles and spacecraft. If you want to take to the skies, this is the specialisation for you!
What makes a wind turbine work, or an air-conditioning unit? Mechanical engineers have the answer, and they are constantly looking for new and better ways to design, develop and manufacture transport, pumps, machinery or equipment.
It can be dirty and dangerous, but mining or geological engineers find ways to take minerals and ores from the earth, and extract the value from them efficiently.
Chemical engineers are playing a key role in developing alternative fuel sources. Creating fuel from vegetables, developing sustainable nuclear energy, or developing new drugs, plastics, and fabrics – just about any kind of material from other raw materials.
This is a very popular choice for students and the opportunities keep expanding. Computer engineers develop grid connections, wireless communications, software and applications, networks and much more.
Where will your engineering degree lead?
An engineering degree gives you many transferable skills, such as analysis, project work, practical experience and problem solving, that can be applied in a wide range of industries and at all levels of an organisation.
In fact, the most common undergraduate degree amongst Fortune 500 CEOs is engineering. Many engineering graduates choose to take their study further with a management qualification, such as an MBA.
If you can combine technical expertise with adaptable management abilities and a global perspective, there’s no limit to where an engineering degree can take you! And you’ll be improving our quality of life at the same time.