Engineering has all the earmarks of a full-blown profession. For instance, the career books tell you that you need at least bachelor's degree and, preferably, a master's degree to get a good start on an engineering careers. And if you want to do the really cool engineering stuff, combined with some management and original design, you should hold a PhD and a professional engineering license. It is, indeed, a highly respected, well-paying career choice.

How can someone with the wrong degree, or none at all, hope do anything meaningful as a self-styled engineer? Begin by shedding the engineering "image," and then set aside any ideas about how projects are started and developed -- from idea, to funding, to patent, to physical reality. There is a much more suitable, and less ambiguous term, for radical lifelong learners who are fascinated with solving problems or creating new technologies: Inventor.

 

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Core Topics for Engineering & Technology

Aeronautical Engineering

Bioengineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

BTW: Engineering isn't always about coming up with new kinds of gadgets. There is a need for finding ways to make old gadgets safer, more reliable, easier and cheaper to manufacture, and lower in cost to the consumer.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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