Are you interested in engineering?
Would you describe yourself as inquisitive, systematic, and observant? Are you good at using math, applying physics to solve problems, and figuring out how things work? Do you like to conduct experiments, learn about technology, and find answers to technical questions? If you answered yes, then a career in engineering may interest you.
There are many types of engineers, including agricultural, biomedical, environmental, petroleum, and structural. Engineers are problem solvers and solve the world’s most challenging problems. Did you know that:
- An agricultural engineer developed the nutrient-rich foods you eat?
- A biomedical engineer designed the hip replacement used in a person you may know?
- An environmental engineer developed the recycling methods used to prevent damage to the earth?
- A petroleum engineer developed the gasoline to power your car?
- A structural engineer designed your high school to be earthquake proof?
Nationally, engineering is the second largest of all professions. In Utah, it is one of the fastest-growing industries, having a projected growth rate of 1.9 percent through the year 2020, creating 16,670 jobs. Engineers make an average annual income of $75,000 and the unemployment rate for engineers is 4 percent lower than the national rate.
Students who participate in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Technology and Engineering Education Pathway obtain the academic knowledge, technical skills, hands-on training and experience needed to be successful in a career in engineering.
“The CTE classes I have taken in high school have helped me find the path I want to take. . .My engineering teacher taught me a lot about what I need to know, he has taught me how to program microchips, build robots, and how to [operate] computer programs,” says Leighton Fautin, a graduate of Wasatch High School and future engineer.
Technology and Engineering Education: Hands-on, Minds on Education