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What type of engineering is most interesting?

colleclassof2013colleclassof2013 Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2009 in Engineering Majors
So let me tell you a little about myself so that you can help me choose the right engineering specialty.

I want to major in something that will have a positive impact on the world and its people; I want to major in something that is interesting and at the same time rewarding. How much money I make is not a concern for me at all. I know if I want to make money, then I should specialize in computer science engineering/programming or even become a doctor (which in and of itself is a very rewarding profession if you pursue it for the right reason).

I enjoy volunteering and helping people out. I'm a friendly person will to cooperate with co-workers on projects and etc.

Thanks for helping me out.

Also if there are any books or websites the really detail each engineering specialty, feel free to post the title of the book or the link to the webpage. Thanks a lot.
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Replies to: What type of engineering is most interesting?

  • seanbowseanbow Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    Engineers might help you.
  • empyreon1empyreon1 Posts: 47Registered User New Member
    Every type of Engineering profession has far reaching effects on society;but since you said you have an affinity for helping people, try looking into Biomedical Engineering.

    Here is a basic overview of what each Engineering profession does:

    1. Civil-- Builds (not personally built, but created), designs, and maintains--bridges, buildings, houses, environmental areas, parks, stadiums, etc. They have probably the most far-reaching and most recognizable effects, as anybody who lives in a house,works in an office building, seen a skyscraper, or been to a football game, or even been inside a national park has seen or observed the product of a Civil Engineer. Average Pay: 77,000--81,000.

    2. Mechanical Engineer--Builds, designs, and maintains--mechanical equipment. Anything ranging from--home appliances, to complex planes and assembly systems are designed by Mechanical Engineers. Different disciplines to ME, like Aerospace Engineering focuses specifically on the designing of planes and rockets--space--or Materials Science Engineering (which is a combination of Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, and sometimes Chemical Engineering), which is responsible for the production of many things like complex metals, gems, stones, and construction material. Average Pay: pretty much the same as Civil, maybe slightly higher.

    3.Electrical Engineering--Designs and maintains anything dealing with electricity and electrical systems. Their products are typically microchips, electrical transformers/generators, and electrical appliances. Closely related to Computer Science Engineering. Average Pay: higher than most engineering disciplines, as it is around 80,000-85,000.

    4. Computer Science Engineering--Designs and maintains computer/database systems. Uses elements of Electrical Engineering to design websites, computer data, complex graphs and maps, files, and systems. Average Pay: 77,000-82,000.

    5. Chemical Engineering--Designs and maintains chemical product, and the distribution of chemical systems. Uses are widespread and used in the fields of--Agriculture, Gases, hygienic products, make-up, nails, etc. Different disciplines are: Petroleum Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Materials Science Engineering. Average Pay: 80,000-85,000.

    6. Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering--Designs and maintains systems within an environment capable of supporting life. Applications range from the Medical Field (Biomedical Engineering, in which you would build artificial organs, limbs, etc), to helping increase the yield of crops (Biochemical Engineering), to designing new chemicals, viruses, cloning technology, genetic research, etc. Average Pay: same as Chemical Engineering.

    ^Those are pretty much the main types of engineering disciplines; others like Agricultural, Petroleum, Nuclear, Materials Science, and Metallurgical (falls under the category of Materials Science) Engineering are all interdisciplinary and usually "borrow processes from the main 6 types of engineering--though they are equally rewarding and difficult as the others.

    I sincerely hope I helped, and If you want further in-depth information on the Engineering Disciplines, look at Explore Majors in Engineering with World Wide Learn's Online Education Guide
  • mozzettimozzetti Posts: 96Registered User Junior Member
    Humanitarian Engineering sounds about right for you...
  • ElectricTechElectricTech Posts: 882Registered User Member
    Mechanical Engineering sounds like a good place to start. You can use it as leverage for getting involved with creating a greener future.
  • vivace13vivace13 Posts: 374Registered User Member
    my friends who are civil engineers seem to be involved in activities that impact the world the most. one main thing they do is a yearly trip to nicaragua to help build and design water treatment plants or engineers for a sustainable world.

    if helping the world become greener is your idea of making a positive impact, i'd say any engineering major could end up in an environmental field.
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