Why become an engineer?

In today's world, engineers are expected to contribute more than technical competence. As professionals, engineers are concerned with the impact of their work on society and the changing values and priorities of society. The current emphasis on science and technology has increased public interest in engineering education as a general preparation for living as well as earning a living. To deal effectively with rapid changes in technology, engineers must have a broad undergraduate education firmly based upon the basic sciences and embedded within a supportive liberal education program. Engineers must have the ability to visualize a problem in its total context.

The need for broadly educated engineering graduates is very high and is expected to grow rapidly during the next decade. Demand varies depending on location, type of local industry, and the economy. West Michigan is one of the fastest-growing technical, manufacturing, and industrial regions of the state, and engineering opportunities in this region are robust and are expected to improve throughout the next decade.

What does it mean to be an Engineer?

Engineers apply science, mathematics, and professional judgment to solve technical problems in industry and society while designing and developing products, processes, services and systems. Engineers test, produce, operate, maintain, sell, install and manage products and systems. Many work in public health, transportation and environmental protection.

For more information contact the School of Engineering via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (616) 331-6750

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