Engineering Jobs

Different Kinds of Engineering Jobs

There are a wide variety of engineering jobs, each which incorporate different skills sets and knowledge requirements. The one common thread throughout all engineering jobs is that they relying on left-brain skills, such as mathematics, physics, geometry and and understanding of how things work. Therefore, engineering jobs require workers to have a very specific type of education. Even individuals that are working entry-level engineering jobs are required to undertake a rigorous course of study. After all, in most cases, a person's skill as an engineer will determine the safety of community member. Common engineering jobs include things such as architecture, design and construction. Within each field, there are unique engineering disciplines that must be mastered by the engineering team.

Although engineering jobs are not necessarily dangerous, the success of these jobs often determines how safe the public will be. For example, if someone is constructing a highway, that person needs to understand road conditions, physics and other variables such as weather, weight, traffic, age and so on. If an engineer misses a flaw or forgets to take into account the effect of a variable over time to ensure that the road that they are working on does not actually create a hazard to public safety.

Many engineers are required to interface with developers and city planners in order to complete a construction or development project, such as a home or development. These engineers must perform research, analysis, hear citizen testimony, go through regulatory permitting, undertake project management and management, oversee all facets of their projects. These phases range from the conceptual phases, such as planning and designing to the submission and, post-approval phases and on through the construction and final approval phases.

Engineers must keep up with changing technologies and make sure they are educated in each area of change. Often the salary for engineers is significantly high than that of other professionals with the same level of college degree simply because of the expertise that the engineer must learn and then maintain.

While engineers may work across the board in a variety of duties, many will specialize in one certain area such as aerospace engineering, agricultural engineering, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer hardware, electrical, environmental, health and safety, industrial, marine, materials, mining and geology, nuclear and petroleum engineering.


Civil engineering jobs, considered one of the oldest of the engineering disciplines, entail work on the design and supervision of the construction of roads, buildings, airports, an other public works, including sewer systems, waterways, dams and highways.


Biomedical engineers play a critical role in the development devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems. Biomedical engineers must combine their knowledge of biology and chemistry with their understanding engineering principles in order to create new programs and medicines. Biomedical engineers must also generally have a background in another engineering specialty, such as mechanical or electronics engineering as they may also design devices used in various medical procedures, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and will develop medical products such as artificial body parts (prosthesis).


Agricultural engineering jobs involve the development of conservation techniques to conserve water and soil and to improve the processing of agricultural products. Agricultural engineers will also design agricultural machinery, equipment and structures by combining their knowledge of engineering technology and science with agriculture and using biological resources as efficiently as possible to conserve and preserve what is available.

Industrial Engineers

Industrial engineers must find ways to effectively use factors most commonly needed in the production process - people, machines, materials, information, and energy. Their main concern is the increase of productivity through the proper management of these factors. Industrial engineers will develop systems to administer salaries, provide cost analysis for production and coordinate activities to ensure efficiency and product quality. Many work in management positions within an industry.

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