What are Engineers?
Engineers are the designers of our modern society, designing everything from cars, planes, buildings, roads, cell phones, TV's, trains, bridges, almost everything man-made! There are numerous disciplines of engineering: civil, mechanical, electrical, biomedical, industrial, aerospace, & many others. Engineer’s salaries are among the highest of all college graduates.
How Do You Become an Engineer?To be an engineer, one must generally possess a BS degree in engineering. Many students attend SAC and then transfer to a university to complete their BS degree. The total time to obtain a BS degree is at least 4 years.
Is Engineering for You?
Do you enjoy making things?
Are you curious about how things work?
Do you like fixing things, taking them apart, and putting them back together?
Do you like science and math?
Would you like a career that helps society by designing and creating useful things using science, math, and technology? If so, then engineering may be for you!
Are there other Options besides Engineering?
If a BS degree is not an option for you, there are other ENGINEERING-RELATED career options.
These options generally require fewer years of education and MUCH less math and science coursework too.
ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS are hands-on, skilled individuals who spend most of their time in the lab fabricating prototypes of engineer's designs, conducting tests, and reporting those test results. Engineering technicians must know how to build things, be hands-on, and know how to collect and report data. Engineering technicians generally need an associate degree or a certificate in ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY.
DRAFTERS take an engineer’s design and create technical drawings using CAD (computer-aided design and drafting) software.
Drafters must be good at CAD software and know industry-standard drafting practices. Drafters generally need a certificate or associate degree in DRAFTING or CAD TECHNOLOGY.