On this page, we’ll take a look at a few of the most popular Engineering Professional Fields, but first, check out this video about the ten highest-paying engineering jobs:
Computer Engineers are the hottest job market trend, projected to be the fastest growing occupation over the next decade. Responsible for the design and development of software systems, engineers keep computers in style by incorporating the newest and fastest technologies.
A bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering or computer science will qualify you for the field’s most favorable career opportunities. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society also requires a bachelor’s degree for professional certification.
Plastics engineers usually hold a bachelor’s, master’s degree or a postgraduate degree. Salaries for these professionals may be depending on their educational background, age, industry type, and location. This video explains more about the world of Plastic Engineering:
The plastics industry is one of the largest and widest industries in the world. Since plastics can be found and used in almost any application – from household items to space and aviation materials – a lot of people have been getting jobs in this field of work.
Many tasks are entailed in the jobs of plastics engineers. From product design and development to the testing and manufacturing of these products, plastics engineers are hands-on in most of the processes required in making plastic products.
Plastics have been produced increasingly over the years. Polymers, or plastics, can be found in almost anything – from compact discs to high-tech space applications. Since the industry keeps growing, so does the number of people working in this field.
In the following video from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, graduates of the school’s Plastics Engineering program talk about pursuing a career in product design, materials science, research and development, molding and designing tools, process simulation, experimental design, manufacturing, and quality sciences:
Roles and Responsibilities of a Plastics Engineer
Plastics engineers are responsible for designing and developing various products and materials that are made with plastics. Along with this, a plastics engineer also creates specifications, manufacturing control plans, and designs pieces and parts.
Product development plays a large part in these responsibilities as he or she is also responsible for developing ways to improve existing products as well. He or she must be able to find new applications for plastics engineering by using the latest techniques and chemical combinations.
Plastics play a large role in our world today. On a day to day basis, we deal with plastics in materials we choose, products we use and processes we go through to make things we need like food. Since it is so, it can be understood that there is a big demand in the industry of plastics.
Interesting is the following video in which Dr. Chris Rogers (Director of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University) explains the education theory that’s at the basis of LEGOS at the Keller Center (Princeton’s Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering):
If you are interested in being a part of this industry, you can aspire to be a plastics engineer. A plastics engineer is in charge of a wide variety of tasks from the designing of plastic products up to its manufacturing.
Plastics engineers are responsible for designing new products and improving existing ones, as well as for creating new applications for plastics. They design, process, develop and then manufacture the products, making sure that they are of the best quality they can be in. They also test and examine their products and conduct research to further knowledge of polymers.
Are you interested in becoming a plastics engineer? Find out what it will take to join the ranks of these professionals. It’s not super easy but everyone can become a plastics engineer. My friend, Martin started your journey as a high school dropout, he needed to pass the GED test before he could follow the “traditional” route. He is a smart guy so he passed the GED test without attending classes. Yet, his story just proves that everyone can overcome obstacles and become a plastics engineer.
The following video from Pittsburgh State University offers a pretty good idea of what an education in Plastic Engineering is all about:
Plastics engineers are responsible for all of the plastic products and materials we see around today. Through research, studies, and engineering skills, they develop new plastics to be used in any number of industries.
From lightweight airplane parts to computer parts to food containers, plastics play a large role in our day to day lives. If you want to become a plastics engineer, here are some suggested courses for you to take.
Plastics Engineer Education Requirements
General Education Courses
As in any bachelor’s degree course, students need to take up the first courses necessary for them to graduate. Materials engineering and plastics engineering programs require students to take courses in the liberal arts which are generally taken in the first two years of college. It may be taken together with introductory engineering courses. These general education courses may include English, speech and communications, history, philosophy, literature, and psychology.
Aerospace engineering is a field where knowledge and understanding of mathematics are very important. This field is made up of engineers who have specialized in one specific science to create a team of highly skilled experts.
There are many different aspects to consider when a flight takes place, including temperature, pressure from the atmosphere, and the conditions of the actual shuttle. Each of these experts generally focuses on one aspect of the flight to ensure a safe trip for all involved.
You will need to have a college degree to begin a career in aerospace engineering. You can have any degree, ranging from an advanced degree to a Ph.D. in mechanical or aerospace engineering.
There are typically fewer colleges that offer the aerospace engineering program than those that offer mechanical engineering unless you are willing to relocate to attend one of these elite universities. Throughout the world, there are several excellent programs for engineers. For example, Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) is one of the most advanced colleges for those entering the aerospace program.
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