How To Become An Engineer

Do you have an interest in math and science?  Are you intrigued by the laws of physics?  If so, then you may have what it takes to become an engineer.  If you enjoy doing math and science problems and combining knowledge, experience, and logic to come up with a solution then, yes, you just may be suited to learn how to become an engineer.  An engineer takes the theories of the laws of math, science and physics and applies them in a logistical way to the practical applications required by today's society.

If you are in high school and you do want to become an engineer, then you should start taking all of the math and science courses that you can.  These should include algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, chemistry and physics, as well as computer sciences if they are offered at your school.  After you have graduated, you'll be ready to start attending the college or university of your choice; try to choose one with the best possible engineering department.

When you start at the college or university of your choice, you may be overwhelmed by the number of technical classes that you will be required to take in a semester.  Don't panic!  When you are attending an engineering school, it's best to stay focused on the matters at hand.

In your early years in engineering school you will take a lot of math classes.  At this point, the only sciences that you will take will be chemistry, physics and quantum mechanics.  The general sciences classes will be for the non-technical curriculum.  Now that you are in college, the engineering classes that you will start out taking will be Statics, Dynamics and Thermodynamics.  It is at this point that you should start thinking about which engineering discipline of engineering you will choose.  It all depends on what fields of science interest you most.  Does chemistry hold your interest, or does electricity fascinate you?  Only you can answer this question.

While you are in still in school, it is highly recommended that take your EIT (Engineer in Training) test.  This is a test that you will be required to take to become a Registered Professional Engineer.  This test is on all facets of engineering and it is best to take it while you are still in school because all of those courses are still fresh in your mind.  Later, after you have graduated and gain experience with an engineering firm, you will need to take the Principles and Practice test on the major curriculum that you studied in school.  After you pass this exam, you will become registered in the state in which you reside and you will be legally allowed to sign drawings for the company that you have signed on with.  It is at this point that you really have become an engineer.


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