Engineers are trained in the use of science and mathematics in order to create solutions to complex, technological and technical problems. Engineers are often responsible for creating new products that work to perform many different forms of tasks efficiently, reliably, safely and cost effectively. Engineers can work in testing, development, production or maintenance, and many of these actions are performed in factories so that engineers can then determine the source of a failure or how to accurately test a manufactured product in order to maintain quality in the production of items. Computers and multiple forms of software are often used to design, analyze, simulate and generate designs for equipment and new parts, and engineers are constantly learning new computerized software and techniques in order to produce more efficient designs in a timely manner.
Engineers normally choose to specialize in one particular field of engineering, and there are currently seventeen specialties covered by the Federal Government’s Standard Occupational Classification system. Other specialties do exist, and each major specialization has multiple subdivisions and other careers within it.
The training for engineers is extensive, and requires several levels of education mixed with hands on experience, internships, and degrees at various levels of education. Entry level positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, but those who wish to pursue advanced positions or consider careers in teaching a specialization in engineering normally pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in their field.
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