Agricultural engineers use the knowledge of biology and engineering to improve agricultural production with regards to soil and water conservation, electrification, power and machinery, structures, and the processing of agricultural products.
A mechanical engineering job calls for at least a bachelor’s degree. These programs include instruction in a lot of different system components, from computer programming to power systems, and includes technical subjects, such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and hydraulics. Students also are expected to gain a basic understanding of civil engineering, electrical engineering and chemical engineering. Many programs include coursework in fields where mechanical engineering is often applied, such as business or environmental science.
Chemical Engineering Technology
Chemical engineering technology graduates usually are employed in industries producing pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and petroleum products, among others. They work in laboratories as well as in plants. They help to develop new chemical products and processes, test processing equipment and instrumentation, gather data, and monitor quality.
Civil Engineering Technology
Civil engineering technology plan, build highways, buildings, bridges, dams, waste water treatment systems, and other structures, and to do related research. Some estimate construction costs and specify materials to be used, and some may even prepare drawings or perform land-surveying duties. Others may set up and monitor instruments used to study traffic conditions.
Computer Engineering Technology
Computer Engineers work in many industries at tasks including analog and digital design, microprocessor hardware and software applications, network administration and design, and digital communications. They may also be involved in engineering sales, support in product design and development, or technical management.
Electrical Engineering Technology
Electrical and electronic engineers help to design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment, radar, industrial and medical measuring or control devices, navigational equipment, and computers. They may work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. Electrical and electronic engineers work in a wide variety of systems such as communication and process controls.
Environmental Engineering Technology
Environmental engineers scientists in developing methods and devices used in the prevention, control, or correction of environmental hazards. They inspect and maintain equipment affecting air pollution and recycling. Some inspect water and waste water treatment systems to ensure that pollution control requirements are met. They work in many fields, including environmental or safety management, manufacturing industry regulatory compliance, and chemical manufacturing. They may work at testing labs, for building consultants, or with state or federal government agencies.
Industrial Engineering Technology
Industrial engineers study the efficient use of personnel, materials, and machines in factories, stores, repair shops, and offices. They prepare layouts of machinery and equipment, plan the flow of work, make statistical studies, and analyze production costs. Industrial engineering technology graduates typically work in areas such as cost estimating, facilities planning, manufacturing process design, production control, or quality assurance. Industrial Engineering Technology graduates work in teams with others to solve problems dealing with a work location, the layout of a plant, the flow of materials in a facility, production planning and control, the safety of workers, and quality control. They work in a wide variety of industries and fields, including manufacturing, medical care, transportation, software development, and government. More detailed information about Engineering Technology is available on the Career Cornerstone Center’s Engineering Technology site.