Engineering is a great job to have, it will give you the chance to work on innovative projects and the opportunity for you to be creative. There are several different disciplines within the engineering industry and unless you have a certain passion that you wish to focus on, deciding on which direction to go can be tricky. Whilst the skills of an engineer can be applied to many industries, it is important that at first, you aim to learn about one field of engineering before venturing in to others.
To help you decide which direction you will take your career in, here is some info about the different types of engineering jobs out there.
Civil engineering is one of the oldest branches of engineering, it concerns itself with design and construction of infrastructure, buildings, bridges and transport. Within civil engineering there are several sub-disciplines that you can opt to specialize in from environmental engineering to structural engineering. Civil engineering is a good place to start in the industry before branching out in to other areas, many successful engineers like Anura Leslie Perera started in civil engineering before branching out into other industries and, in Anura’s case, owning their own company. If large scale design projects excite you then civil engineering could be the right choice for you.
Computer engineers are the geniuses that create the software and hardware that we use in our daily lives. The discipline is a blend of computer science and engineering that requires a smart brain and a great deal of creativity. Computer engineer jobs have soared in the past decade and whilst not being an easy job to get, it is not as difficult to break into as several other fields of engineering are.
Chemical engineering is the practice of taking raw materials and turning them into something of value, it uses biology and physics along with chemistry and covers molecular, corrosion, process and materials engineering. As you can imagine, a strong ability in all of the sciences is required by you to get a job in chemical engineering along with a high level of maths. Many of the skills involved in chemical engineering are very specialist and will take you a long time to master. Those trained in chemical engineering can find jobs relatively easily within the science sector.
The idea of working as an engineer on space and air vehicles will seem like a dream to many and it is a fantastic area of engineering to get into, but it will take some work. In order to work in aerospace engineering you will need to have mastered these areas of the industry:
- Thermal Power
- Satellite Engineering
- Software Techniques
- Air Transport Management
- Aviation Safety
- Photonics and Space Engineering
As you can see, getting into aerospace engineering will take some hard work but you will be rewarded for this with a stable and very well paid job.