Science is about knowing, engineering is about doing. Henry Petroski
The words “ingenuity” and “engineering” in English and “ingéniosité” and “ingénierie” in French are linked to the same Latin word-root and that the verb “to engineer means” to be “ingenious.” The term “engineering” was used in the 1300s for a person who operated a military engine or machine such as a catapult or, later cannon. The word “engine” in turn, is derived from the Latin “ingenium” for ingenuity or cleverness and invention.
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. Introducing engineering into the G9-12 education integrates science and math concepts to the everyday engineering that surrounds us!
A scientist can discover a new star, but he cannot make one. He would have to ask an engineer to do that. Gordon Glegg, British Engineer, 1969
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
All 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, knowledgeable people, and a regard for the environment,
produce something the buyer wants at an affordable price.
The term engineer means talent, genius, cleverness, or native ability.
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 knowledge,
real projects require the human skills of leadership, management, and communication.
The engineer must be a scientist and a mathematician.
Additionally, the engineer must be creative and have the ability to lead a team toward a common goal.
The emphasis in engineering is in making or operating things,
so an engineer is free to gain and use any technique from any field that helps to carry out his task.
Engineers 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, and innovate.
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 construction.
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 fields. Every discipline within engineering will lead to an exciting and rewarding career The following are few of the traditional and emerging engineering disciplines:
Agricultural (Watch a Video)
Industrial (Watch a Video)
Hydrology and Water Resources
Materials and metallurgical
Metallurgical and Materials
Petroleum and Natural Gas
Systems and Industrial
Based on all engineering Bachelor’s 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 specialty.
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.
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