Careers in engineering and manufacturing cover a wide variety of different roles, and any college graduate seeking a rewarding career with opportunity for progression would do well to consider working in these sectors.
If you are considering a career in engineering and manufacturing, you are probably good at science and math and are likely studying those subjects or components of them in college. An understanding of science and math is critical to engineering and manufacturing jobs, as these subjects teach many of the key skills that are critical to the success of any engineering or manufacturing enterprise, including:
Analytical skills: The ability to research an issue and compile a project plan as well as reach conclusions.
Scientific skills: The ability to reduce complex systems into their component parts, establish cause and effect, and use facts to back up your conclusions.
Computational skills: The ability to carry out calculations and measurements for projects requiring precision.
Technical skills: The ability to troubleshoot and resolve problem areas.
In addition, science and math courses provide soft skills those employers in the engineering and manufacturing sectors value, including communication, cooperation and teamwork, creativity, leadership, organizational skills, and the ability to handle lots of information.
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The specific types of roles you can pursue within the engineering and manufacturing world are diverse and include but are not limited to …
- Aerospace engineering
- Automotive engineering
- Biomedical engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Electronic engineering
- Manufacturing engineering
- Food technology
- Quality assurance
- Structural engineering.
These and other engineering and manufacturing careers, once the mainstay of the domestic economy, have enjoyed resurgence in recent years throughout the United States. If the current trend continues, many more opportunities will arise for graduates, particularly with small- to medium-size enterprises occupying market niches.
Some companies, such as Transducer Techniques, have carved market niches for themselves to become indispensable in the manufacturing of certain components. As a maker of torque cells, load censors, and associated instrumentation, Transducer Techniques occupies a very particular market segment. As a result, it needs employees with the specific science, math, and engineering skills necessary to successfully operate in what is a precision working environment.
Those graduating from college in engineering disciplines would do well to identify smaller firms in their home areas, or in the locations in which they plan to live after graduation, and inquire about any job vacancies available. Internships and/or placement schemes often lead to permanent employment and, even if they do not, provide graduates with the type of experience that employers value highly.
Before selecting your career, do as much research into the types of industries in which you want to work engineering and manufacturing included to ensure you are a good fit for those industries and that they are a good fit for you and your skills.
A.H. Sagar is Operations Manager at CYONWO and author of Local Advertising Journal. A.H. has more than 6+ years of experience in digital marketing. His expertise helps him to be a professional blogger and he loves to share his ideas, tips, tricks and information with blogging.