What is an engineer?
Engineers are problem-solvers. They use math and science along with skills in communications, critical thinking, creativity, and management to find practical solutions that will benefit people or society. They design, create, build, improve, and invent everything from airplane engines and cellphones to skyscrapers and space suits.
Are you a future engineer?
Engineering is about being creative and solving problems. It involves judgment, taking risks, working in teams, and facing exciting challenges.
What can I do as an engineer?
If you study engineering, you'll have lots of options of what to do, and where to do it. Engineers work all over the world, in big and small cities, rural communities, even on the polar caps. Some work in offices or classrooms, others in factories or research labs; some work outdoors and a few work in outer space! Some engineers go into medicine, law, business management, or policy.
Engineers are changing the world all of the time! Engineers create innovative and practical solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges and they work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design and build things that matter and make a difference. Can you see yourself doing some of these jobs?
- Design and build aerospace modules to explore space.
- Protect the planet by developing state-of-the-art water systems
- Design high-tech cell phones and mp3 players
- Create cutting-edge animation for video games, TV & Movies
- Develop life-saving medical technology to detect early brain tumors
- Build bomb-proof structures to protect soldiers in war zones
- Invent a new sensor that can detect pollution in our
Engineering is a well-paid career, and there is ample opportunity for advancement. In the spring of 2015, the average starting salary for an engineer with a bachelor's (4-5 year) degree was around $62,000. This is much higher than salaries for graduates with bachelor's degrees in many other fields.
What kind of education will I need to be an engineer?
Becoming an engineer requires a college degree. To prepare yourself, you'll need a well-rounded education that includes lots of math and science, along with communications, history, literature, and the arts. Taking these kinds of classes in high school will open the doors to a college education and great opportunities in the future.
In Maine, you have a few choices for a top notch engineering education:
- University of Maine, Orono - The College of Engineering at the University of Maine is the sole institution in Maine to offer 11 engineering and engineering technology majors and full M.S. and Ph.D. programs. www.engineering.umaine.edu
- University of Southern Maine, Gorham - Our baccalaureate degree programs include electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. In addition to the regular program, electrical engineering has the option of a computer engineering concentration. www.usm.maine.edu/engineering
- Maine Maritime Academy - The Engineering Department provides robust training and engineering principles to prepare students for careers in maritime and power engineering. Our programs educate and qualify students as engineering practitioners in power-generation and maritime industries. www.maine.maritime.edu