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ENGINEERING

Engineering is the application of mathematics and science to develop products, transportation systems, aircraft, biological resources, healthcare devices, chemical production, water vessels, tools, engines, machines and mining operations.

The three most popular engineering majors bestowed are in the civil, mechanical and electrical and electronics fields.  Programs developed for engineering majors are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  An Engineering major prepares students for entry-level positions. 

Typical studies include general theory and application engineering courses and non-engineering related courses, such as social sciences.  Physics, chemistry, design and concepts for different types of materials an engineer will work with form part of the curriculum.  Often laboratory work is part of the engineering major program.

A strong mathematical and science background and aptitude is necessary for an engineering major.  In addition, computer skills, communications capabilities, critical and analytical thinking and creativity are necessities.  Teamwork is essential.  Many engineering projects involve the safety of others; therefore, attention to detail is requisite. 

Engineers work in offices, on-site locations, laboratories and plants.  A typical work week is 40 hours, but may be extended due to the nature of the current project the engineer is working on, especially if deadlines are looming.

The career outlook for engineering majors is good, although the rate of growth in employment will likely depend on the field.  Engineering major graduates currently enjoy the highest starting wages over all major programs.