Engineering


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

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

Job and Internship Search Resources


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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.