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Engineering Career Paths

From a career as a civil engineer to a career as mayor, there are hundreds of careers a graduate with an Engineering degree can pursue. An undergraduate Engineering education gives students many skills that easily transfer from one industry and career path to another. Skills such as critical thinking and quantitative analysis are highly marketable and always in demand with employers. With the perennially high level of demand for graduates with an Engineering degree, the largest problem facing these soon-to-be professionals is what career path they will choose from the multitude of options available to them.

 

To help solve this problem, we've created this Engineering Careers guide, which contains everything you need to know about choosing a career in Engineering.

 

We have detailed occupational information on hundreds of careers applicable to an undergraduate or graduate engineering degree, whether they are careers in Engineering, or careers outside of Engineering. We’ve included job descriptions, expected salaries, educational requirements and other pertinent information related to these careers. Not enough? We’ve outlined undergraduate and graduate engineering scholarships that you can apply for.

 

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Engineering Careers - Why is a Bachelor of Engineering Degree Useful?

Earning an undergraduate Engineering degree helps students learn how to apply structured critical thought and quantitative analysis to solving practical problems. These skills are transferable to careers that may not utilize the direct application of engineering principles whatsoever. 

 

Undergraduate Engineering programs are well known for having a strong focus on projects with direct relevance to the industry and offer practical experience through work placements. This work experience makes engineering graduates highly employable in Engineering careers immediately upon graduation.

 

The combination of gaining a thorough grounding in Engineering principles and having many “soft” transferable skills such as the ability to solve problems using logic, and being able to communicate effectively, makes a Bachelor of Engineering one of the most employable degrees a student can earn.

 

Engineering Careers - Employable Skills of Engineering Graduates

 

An Engineering education, whether undergraduate or graduate, teaches students core skills that are highly employable across many different industries, and can be applied to many different professions. They can be applied both to careers in Engineering, as well as careers that are not directly related to Engineering. Employers are always interested in recruiting Engineering graduates because of their vast skill sets.

 

Effective communication 

 

Engineering students are taught how to present their ideas in a confident and professional manner. This skill applies not only to communications within the field of Engineering; it applies to relations within the community as a whole.

                       

Competence in application and practice

 

Engineering students learn how to properly utilize engineering techniques as well as relevant tools.

 

Interpersonal and team work skills

 

The ability to effectively function in an individual or group environment is a highly transferable employment skill that undergraduate and graduate Engineering students are taught. Through practical coursework, they not only learn how to function within a team, they learn how to lead a team.

 

Engineering problem solving skills

 

Engineering students must be able to identify problems and use logic and reasoning to identify solutions. They also learn how to use objectivity when approaching the implementation of these solutions.

 

Skills in engineering principles

 

One fundamental skill that engineering students acquire is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge of engineering fundamentals. This is obviously a skill that uniquely taught to engineering students.

 

Understanding professional, social and ethical responsibilities

 

Engineering students have an understanding of the social, ethical, environmental and professional responsibilities associated with a career as an engineer. Once Engineering students become professional Engineers, they must maintain a commitment to these responsibilities. 

 

Lifelong learning

 

Engineering students are taught the importance of undertaking lifelong learning, and they must possess the ability to do so. They recognize the importance of independently acquiring new knowledge and skills for their personal and professional benefit. 

 

Engineering Careers - How Much do Engineers Make?          

Entry level salary for Engineering graduates

An Engineering career can be a highly lucrative one. Below is the average salaries reported by nearly 20,000 Ontario graduates in 2010, based on the Council of Ontario Universities' study of the 2008 graduating class. No similar surveys were found for other Canadian provinces or the United States. Not all of the graduates who responded to the survey were Engineering graduates or were working in Engineering careers. 

$60,548 - Engineering graduate average starting salary (1)

 

(1) Dehaas, Josh. “The most (and least) lucrative degrees in Ontario” MacLean’s On Campus, Web. November 10, 2011.

 

 

Careers in Engineering - Who Hires Engineering Graduates?

Because Engineering graduates earn a degree that provides them with a combination of in-field experience and highly transferable 'soft skills', they are typically among the highest in demand of all university graduates. They find themselves in demand by organizations that have a need to utilize the professional abilities an engineer can offer, as well as organizations that seek to apply the skills of the Engineering graduate in a different capacity.

 

Not all of those who graduate with a bachelor's of Engineering degree choose to pursue careers in Engineering. The highly employable nature of an undergraduate Engineering degree allows Engineering graduates to select their employer based on a variety of possible criteria; such as the vision and mission of an organization, the leadership, the availability of advancement opportunities and other criteria that may be important. Although it may not seem like a natural fit, Engineering graduates may also pursue professions in the field of sales, administration, consulting and management, among others.

 

Graduates with a Bachelor's of Engineering Degree can choose a broad range of employers including:

 

  • Government agencies        
  • Small, medium and large private companies   
  • Publicly traded companies           
  • Non-profit organizations  
  • Self-employment   

Top Employers for Engineering Graduates

 

Engineering Career Planning Timeline

 

Plan your Engineering career from the first day of school

Planning for an Engineering career is one of the most important projects you will undertake as an undergraduate Engineering student, and it begins on the first day. To begin the career planning process, you must ask yourself:

“What are my interests?"

"What are my passions?"

"What are my core values?”

The next step is to explore the details of career options available to you as a future Engineering graduate, by determining which careers you can pursue with your major, and then exploring details of those careers. Acquiring internships or volunteer positions is a great way to clarify your direction. 

Below we’ve outlined a timeline of actions that will help you effectively make the transition from an undergraduate Engineering education to your chosen career. Remember, the more proactive you are with your career planning now, the more options you will have when you graduate.

First Year:

  • Create a resume, and if it seems short don't be concerned, as most first year engineering students won't have lenghty resumes at this point
  • Introduce yourself to the Career Resource/Service staff at your school
  • Learn about yourself, your interests, and skills by utilizing online and printed resources (ask you Career Resource/Services staff)
  • Choose your engineering major by identifying those that relate to your interests and abilities
  • Identify and pursue summer work and volunteer experiences that align with your engineering major
  • Ensure to maintain a strong GPA, as many employers will exclude students and recent graduates with low GPA's from internships and job opportunities
  • Purchase a suit or an outfit that you can wear for interviews throughout the duration of your university career

Second Year:

  • Update your resume with any engineering career related experience you've obtained
  • Join an on-campus engineering organization; this will help you network and develop interpersonal and communication skills
  • Take several online career assessments
  • Attend engineering and general career exploration workshops, job fairs and other career related events
  • Identify and contact engineering professionals to conduct an informal interview, they will give you great first hand information regarding a day in the life of an engineer
  • Research any available job shadowing or volunteer opportunities
  • Plan early for engineering summer work opportunities or internships 

Third Year

  • Pursue leadership opportunities in engineering and other professional student organizations
  • Update your resume to include all engineering related work experience you've obtained during your second year and your summer
  • Prepare for engineering internship interviews by attending interview workshops
  • Attend engineering and general career fairs to research internships and future job opportunities
  • Research graduate engineering programs and the schools that offer them
  • Attend graduate engineering career fairs to make contact with program representatives
  • Finalize engineering summer experience/internship plans 

Fourth Year

  • Seek and attend employment skill-building workshops
  • Finalize your resume and cover letters to reflect all of the engineering work experience you have gained, as well as your education
  • Sign up for mock interviews with your Career Resources/Services staff
  • Attend engineering and general career fairs in the geographical location you plan to live (if possible)
  • Apply to graduate engineering programs if you plan on attending
  • Research potential employers and job possibilities 
  • Pursue any networking contacts through friends, family, clubs, professors, etc.
  • If you have had successful co-op or internship experiences, you may already have one or more full-time job offers from employers with whom you have already worked

 

Careers in Engineering - Professional Associations

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Engineering Scholarships

Browse through our "Engineering Scholarships" section to see which scholarships you can apply for. We have hundreds of Canadian, American and international scholarships available to students pursuing almost every undergraduate and graduate engineering major, as well as many that are relevant to all engineering students in general. Be sure to apply for these engineering scholarships, as millions of dollars worth of scholarships in Canada and the United States go unused every year as a result of there being too few applicants.

 

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Engineering Jobs - Jobs for Engineering Students and Graduates

 

Are you an Engineering student looking for a job to help you pay for school? Are you an Engineering graduate looking for an entry level job? Search our job board for opportunities related to the skills you've obtained as an Engineering student. 

If you want to explore career options with your Engineering degree that are outside of the Engineering profession, you can look for jobs in other sectors, as the skills you've learned as an Engineering student can be applied to almost any job or career path. When browsing job postings, be sure to pay attention to the "Skills" section. You may notice many employers are searching for skills that you have acquired that can pertain to careers other than Engineering.

Interpersonal and team work skills

Effective communication

Problem solving skills

Understanding professional, social and ethical responsibilities

 

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Engineering Career Fairs

Visiting general or Engineering specific career fairs is one of the best things you can do to learn about Engineering careers. It is a great way to network with potential employers, as well as gain information on specific careers. 

 

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