Graduates from the College of Engineering can expect to find a wide array of career possibilities depending on their program of interest. As you explore careers within your discipline, be sure to visit the Office of Career Services. Some of the opportunities available to our graduates include, but are not limited to, the following:
Architectural Engineers (AEs) design, construct, and maintain buildings. Working in conjunction with an Architect, they design the structural systems, the heating and air conditioning systems, the lighting and electrical systems, and the plumbing and fire protection systems for buildings. AEs also manage construction projects for general contractors, mechanical contractors, and/or electrical contractors.
Bioengineering is the application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field. This field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine. It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare diagnosis and treatment. Bioengineering has only recently emerged as its own discipline, compared to many other engineering fields; such an evolution is common as a new field transitions from an interdisciplinary specialization among already-established fields, to a field in itself. Much of the work in bioengineering consists of research and development and spans a broad array of subfields. Prominent bioengineering applications include the development of biocompatible prostheses; the development of various diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices from clinical equipment to micro-implants; the development of common imaging equipment such as MRIs and EEGs; the development of biotechnologies such as regenerative tissue growth; and the development of pharmaceutical drugs and biopharmaceuticals.
Biological Engineers solve technological problems in systems that involve humans, plants, animals, micro-organisms, and biological materials. Hence, the motto: Biological engineers bring engineering to life. They produce creative engineering solutions to problems dealing with the environment, food, renewable energy and the water supply in an ever demanding and dynamic society. They solve problems through the application of mathematics, science, and technological tools. BIOE also includes water resource engineering, process engineering, and alternative energy projects.
Chemical Engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries. Chemical Engineers rely on their knowledge of mathematics and science, particularly chemistry and the biological sciences to overcome technical problems safely and economically. Chemical Engineers not only “make things”; their expertise is also applied in the areas of law, education, publishing, finance, medicine, and many other fields that require technical training.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineers (CEE) design, construct and maintain the built environment. Civil Engineers are involved in every type of construction from roadways to the world’s largest structures, including skyscrapers, dams and space stations. CEEs also manage construction projects. CEEs are increasingly becoming more involved in the protection of the environment and the design of structures that use renewable sources of energy. CEEs work as research engineers, public works managers or run their own consulting business and engineering firms.
Computer engineers write software and firmware for embedded microcontrollers designing VLSI chips, design analog sensors, mixed signal circuit boards and operating systems. Computer Engineers are also suited for robotics research, which relies heavily on the use of digital systems to control and monitor electrical systems such as motors, communications and sensors.
Computer Scientists work in a wide variety of jobs that continue to expand with new technology. Typical types of jobs that computer scientists might perform include software engineering, computer system analysis, systems administration, artificial intelligence research, network administration, database administration, internet systems engineering, web page design, cyber security, and web engineering.
Electrical Engineers work with anything that uses electricity, light or sound in any ways, shape or form. Electrical Engineers work closely with many other types of engineers on problems that span a variety of disciplines. Although the electrical engineering discipline extends into almost every industry, the field may be subdivided into a number of distinct, but interrelated areas such as: Automatic Control, Digital Systems, Electronics & Microelectronics, Electrical Power, Communications and Signal Processing and Computer Networking.
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Industrial and System Engineers apply problem-solving and design skills to every kind of organization. Therefore, ISEs are hired for hard core manufacturing companies such as aerospace, electronics, automobile and food processing as well as for service industries such as banks, hospitals, governments and transportation agencies. Virtually any organization may use the skills that industrial engineers possess. Some examples of ISE jobs include:
- Production Supervisor
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Operations Manager
- Human Factors Specialist
- Supply Chain Manager
- Logistics Specialist
- Technical Sales Engineer
- Systems Analyst
Mechanical Engineers are found in virtually all industries, from aerospace/aircraft to automotive, and from consumer products to building equipment and machinery. These engineers design products, machines and processes for manufacturing. They analyze, test, and develop products, machines and manufacturing processes to attain the best performance and durability of products within cost and time limits.