Engineering

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The School of Engineering offers a BS in Aerospace, Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering, and in Computer Science and Engineering Physics, as well as various MS, ME, MCE, PhD, DE, and certificate programs.   Engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Their work is the link between perceived social needs and commercial applications. A KU Engineering education helps students understand technical principles and the background behind them and prepares them for the changes ahead.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design, production, operation and support of technical equipment like aircraft or drilling machinery
  • Apply the principles of chemistry to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals
  • Develop and manufacture a wide range of products, including fuels, fertilizers, synthetic fibers, and plastics
  • Plan design and construction of society's physical infrastructure that directly impact the health and safety of the public
  • Research, design, develop, test, manufacture and/or installing a broad range of electronic and/or computational devices and systems
  • Develop and/or support applications for computer systems 

Popular Career Paths

Aerospace: Involves the design, production, operation and support of aircraft and spacecraft.  Can also involve conducting research to solve problems and improve processes for the aerospace industry

Chemical: Includes the application of the principles of chemistry to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals as well as to develop and manufacture a wide range of products, including fuels, fertilizers, synthetic fibers, and plastics

Petroleum: Involves the discovery, drilling, recovery, production, and distribution of petroleum and natural gas.  Can also include designing equipment and recovery processes of oil and gas

Civil: Includes the planning, design and construction of society's physical infrastructure that directly impact the health and safety of the public, including roads, bridges, water purification and distribution systems, dams and buildings

Electrical/Computer: Involves researching, designing, developing, testing, manufacturing and installing a broad range of electronic and/or computational devices and systems

Mechanical: Involves using the principles of mechanics and energy to conduct research and ultimately design, develop and manufacture tools and machines and other mechanical devices and systems


Jobs to Consider

Aerospace Technologist/Engineer

Biomedical Engineer

Chemical Engineer

Civil Engineer

Computer Engineer

Control Systems Engineer

Construction Engineer/Manager

Consultant

Design and/or Development Engineer

Electrical Systems Engineer

Food Engineer

Geotechnical Engineer

Hardware Development Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Network Implementation Manager

Petroleum Engineer

Process Engineer

Public Utility Consultant

Research Engineer

Site Operations Manager

Software Development Manager

Software Programmer

Software Systems Engineer

Software Test Engineer

Quality Assurance Director

Water Resources Engineer

 


Places to Seek Employment

Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturers

Automotive Manufacturers

Biotechnology

Chemical Manufacturing Companies

Commercial and Freight Airline Companies

Commercial Space Operations

Consumer Electronics Companies

Design/Consulting Firms

Defense Firms

Engineering/Construction/Architectural Firms

Environmental Consulting Companies

Federal Government Agencies

Manufacturing Companies

Microchip Producers

National Research Laboratories/Institutes

Oil and Gas Companies

Pharmaceutical Companies

 

Railroads

Research and Development Laboratories

Software Companies

Solar Energy Companies

State and Local Government

Telecommunications

Transportation

Utility/Power Companies

 


Employment Strategies

  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., licensure and/or certifications, advanced degrees, etc.) for occupations you are considering.
  4. Students in Civil and Architectural Engineering are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination before graduation and are strongly encouraged to become registered Professional Engineers, which involves completing the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering examinations and obtaining four years of satisfactory engineering experience after completing your BS degree.
  5. Consider joining professional associations related to your area of interest within engineering and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  6. Become knowledgeable of the federal government job application process if you are interested in pursuing employment with a federal government agency.
  7. Due to rapid changes and advancements in all engineering fields, continuing education will be important throughout your career.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as those for students in: Aerospace Engineering, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and additional Engineering Student Organizations.
  10. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  11. Develop effective teamwork as well as strong verbal and written communication skills

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