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A future in Engineering
By Amber Gragert
"The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is that of a planter - for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come and point the way." - Nikola Tesla
That quote was from a man who quite literally shaped the future for us through his work as an electrical engineer. Nikola Tesla is most famously known for his work in the designs for our modern day alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. He was not only an electrical engineer and inventor, but also a mechanical engineer, physicist and futurist. His passion for the sciences speaks for itself.
The world of engineering is an exciting and innovative one that requires a 'can do' attitude, which is why James A. Michener once said, "Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them." That's not to diminish what scientists do, but engineers take what scientists imagine, get it down on paper and bring those ideas to life. From air conditioning units, to working bridges, to space shuttles, it's engineers that put it all together. Naturally people that succeed in the engineering industry are those that have a desire to figure out and build what others can only imagine. They have the ability to apply creative thinking, are capable of both analytical and logical thought process, have strong listening and problem skills, pay great attention to detail, have stellar interpersonal and leadership skills and, it should go without saying, the best engineers have excellent mathematical and mechanical skills.
Engineering is really a broad term and covers a wide range of industries and fields. It's the perfect marriage between mathematics, science and technology. That said, there are many different engineering degrees available that fit many different applications. Today there are 10 major branches on the tree of engineering: aeronautic and astronautic, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, mechanical, nuclear and systems engineering. If we stick with that word picture, each branch has hundreds of different smaller branches and leaves of engineering attached to it.
Most future job prospects will require a bachelor's degree in whichever area you decide to focus your energy studying in.
• Agricultural Engineer
• Automotive Engineer
• Biomedical Engineer
• Civil Engineer
• Computer Engineer
• Drafting & Design Engineer
• Electrical Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Petroleum Engineer
Other options include: architecture, construction manager, education or even urban planning. There are so many facets to the world of engineering, you can really just take your pick of passions and start shaping the world for future generations with your degree in engineering. You could even use your degree in ministry and missionary work. Who do you suppose designs and builds everything from functioning roads and bridges to orphanages, schools, and clean water projects in developing countries? That's right, engineers play a major role in those ministry endeavors too.
Unlike the vastness of the engineering field, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever." -- just as it says in Hebrews 13:8. So keep your eyes on Him and your studies a priority and you will do great things with your engineering degree in hand.