Derived from the Latin ingenium,
engineering means something like brilliant idea, flash of
The word was created in the 16th century and originally
described a profession
that we would probably call an artistic
Engineering combines applied mathematical, scientific,
and technical principles,
to yield tangible end products which
can be made, produced, and constructed.
Engineering differs from
science in that it must take requirements into account including
costs, safety, performance and limitations on resources.
into the G9-12 education
integrates science and math concepts to
the everyday engineering that surrounds us!
Engineering offers more career
opportunities than any other discipline.
It is a profession that spans from the bottom of
the ocean to the far end of the space,
from within the microscopic structures of the
human cell to the top of the tallest buildings.
Engineers are designers, planners, developers, managers,
researchers, consultants, sales and marketing
specialists, and many more!
Do you enjoy solving problems?
Do you like science and mathematics?
Do you like to integrate these knowledge in
real-world experiences in order to make the world better?
If so, a career in
engineering may be the right one for you!
Regulation and Standards
engineering work is regulated by safety standards,
and issues of
patents and design protection may also arise.
The art of engineering is
to take a bright idea and, using money, materials,
people, and a regard for the environment,
produce something the
buyer wants at an affordable price.
term engineer means talent, genius, cleverness, or native
An engineer is a person who uses science, mathematics,
experience, and judgment to create, operate, manage, control, or
maintain devices, mechanisms, processes, structures, or complex
systems, and who does this in a rational and economic way.
Although science and mathematics are the basis of engineering
real projects require the human skills of leadership,
management, and communication.
The engineer must be a scientist and a
Additionally, the engineer must be creative and
have the ability to lead a team toward a common goal.
emphasis in engineering is in making or operating things,
engineer is free
and use any technique from any field that helps to carry out his
are builders and problem solvers who provide the link between
theory and practice.
Engineers as a group are probably
the most creative people.
They synthesize, solve problems,
They make new things and make old things better.
Artists are creative too,
however, their creativity deals with thoughts or emotions.
Engineering creativity is
directed at things.
There are a number of types of
engineering which apply to different areas of design and
Most people are aware of few branches of
engineering: civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical
engineering. However, the number of branches is much larger than
is commonly known.
Engineering students can pick up one of many
Every discipline within engineering will lead to
an exciting and rewarding career
The following are few of the traditional and
emerging engineering disciplines:
Aeronautical and Aerospace
Hydrology and Water Resources
Materials and metallurgical
Metallurgical and Materials
Petroleum and Natural Gas
Systems and Industrial
More information about engineering careers
Based on all engineering
Bachelorís degrees awarded annually, Civil, Computer,
Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering are considered the big
four disciplines followed by Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical,
and Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering as medium four
disciplines. Rests of the disciplines are considered small or
Although an engineer may be
interested primarily in one disciplines or even in one area of
that disciplines, he/she must also be knowledgeable in other
areas of that disciplines or even in other disciplines that
interact with this area or discipline. This interaction is part
of what makes engineering a demanding and exciting profession.