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Introduction to Types of Engineering

There are about 200 types of engineering!

Just like music can be grouped into areas like rap, rock or country and western, the different types of engineering can be grouped into the areas below.

Check them out to find out more:

Chemical

Civil

Electrical

Engineering Management

Engineering Sciences

Geotechnical

Mechanical

 

Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Introduction to Chemical Engineering

The different types of chemical engineering all involve studying the way atoms and molecules interact and react. Chemical engineers can study these interactions on a microscopic level - like when they look at how molecules in molten metals flow over one another, or on a much larger macroscopic level - like when they study how acidic rain affects forests.

Chemical Engineering includes the following different specialties:

Agricultural

Biological and Biosystems

Chemical

Environmental

Food

Forestry

Materials

 

Introduction to Civil Engineering

Introduction to Civil Engineering

Perhaps the most recognized branch of engineering, civil engineering, is the art and science of designing the infrastructure of a society. Civil engineers are involved in all aspects of community infrastructure, housing and construction. Our homes, roads, airports and bridges are built thanks to the knowledge of civil engineers.

Civil Engineering includes the following different specialties:

Building

Civil

Construction

 

Introduction to Electrical Engineering

Introduction to Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is the application of the laws of physics governing electricity, magnetism, and light to develop new technologies to help humankind. Electrical engineers have used their knowledge to create computer technology and software, neon lights, cordless telephones and refrigerators. If it involves electricity, it involves electrical engineering.

Electrical Engineering includes the following different specialties:

Communications

Computer

Electrical

Electromechanical Systems

Electronic Systems

Software

 

Introduction to Engineering Management

Introduction to Engineering Management

There is an entire area of engineering which focuses on the management and administration of engineering projects. People who work in this area tend to look at the big picture by estimating costs and evaluating the worth of projects. They also deal with issues of safety, efficiency and organization.

Engineering Management includes the following different specialties:

Industrial

Integrated / Unified

Production

Systems

Introduction to Engineering Sciences

Introduction to Engineering Sciences

Engineering is also called applied science. There are some people who like to look at the "science" away from the "applied" to understand how the two combine. By using basic sciences like math, physics and chemistry they begin to understand how individual carbon molecules can be combined into steel or how Newton's Laws of motion apply to buildings during an earthquake.

Engineering Sciences includes the following different specialties:

Engineering Chemistry

Engineering Math

Engineering Physics

 

Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is the science of studying the interior of Mother Earth. Any type of engineering which deals with rocks, soils, metals, minerals and fuels is a type of geotechnical engineering.

Geotechnical Engineering includes the following different specialties:

Gas

Geological

Geomatics

Metallurgical

Mineral

Mining

Oil

Petroleum

 

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a huge and diverse field. The different types of engineers in this area have a common interest in heat and motion. They might study how to make sure the space shuttle doesn't overheat in orbit, or how to build a better artificial foot for disabled golfers.

Types of engineering in this area include:

Aerospace

Automotive

Biomedical

Mechanical

Naval

   
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