hobsons - Article Server
Graduate Engineering Programs: A Quick Glimpse
By Hannah Roberts
Graduate engineering programs - engineering degree programs.  Visit GradView.com for information and advice about graduate programs in engineering. The American Engineers’ Council for Professional Development defines engineering as “the creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination; or to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design, or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation and safety to life and property.” All of that is a fancy way of saying that there are very few projects in the world—from building space shuttles to channeling electricity— that do not call for the help of a trained engineer. The world benefits greatly from the often behind-the-scenes work done by these skilled scientists.

Career in Engineering Provides Many Options

Engineers can be contracted for projects requiring a prescribed amount of time, or they can be hired to execute ongoing jobs ďin house.Ē Most commonly, engineers answer to a larger financing entityógovernment agencies, corporations, groups of investors, etc. The main branches of engineering are aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical. As technology continues to transform and advance, other engineering disciplines have emerged including nanotechnology, software, and computer engineering. Depending on the industry, there can be a great deal of overlap between these disciplines. Therefore, the education of an engineer can be an especially diverse one.

A Masterís Degree Matters

An undergraduate degree in engineering can grant entry-level opportunities in engineering, but it is beneficial to engineering students to continue their education to the graduate level. According to JobWeb.com, while bachelorís engineering degrees were four of the top ten bachelorís degrees currently desired by employers, masterís engineering degrees and engineering doctorates were in the top five in their respective categories. Graduate students of engineering are usually better equipped to obtain choice positions that provide both a higher salary and access to a broader network of opportunities.

Graduate Program Expectations

At many U.S. universities, the Master of Engineering can be completed in one year and programs emphasize coursework, advanced independent design, and a chance to gain valuable field experience through campus affiliations. While exceptions are sometimes made for students with exemplary background in mathematics or science, most prospective graduate engineering students are expected to have a bachelorís degree in engineering. Typical graduate engineering curriculum consists of a set of core courses which address critical competencies needed to enhance technical skills, followed by course technical electives in a concentration area.

Related Articles