Engineering Schools Directory

Accredited programs allow earlier licensing

Engineering is a highly technical industry that countless talented and educated students attempt to break into each year. The good news is that engineering jobs are plentiful. However, the best jobs will go to those with the skills and education.

Training options

Engineers should have at least a bachelor's degree when looking for entry-level jobs, although engineering technicians (assistants) may be able to get away with an associate's degree. That doesn't mean you'll have less choices to make regarding your education.

  • Four-year general - Some programs provide students with a general engineering education. They become specialized upon entering the workplace or in graduate school.
  • Four-year split - These programs provide a general engineering education for the first two years, with students choosing a specialty for the remaining two.
  • Two-year College, two-year engineering school - In some cases educational institutions make agreements to share training. In this case the student would complete two years of general education at a college before completing their education at an engineering school.
  • Five or six year - In these programs the students are either able to earn a Master's degree in a shorter amount of time or work and earn money in the field while completing their training.

Whatever you do, make sure to investigate each program thoroughly to make sure it will provide you with the outcome you desire.

Continuing education

Engineering is one career where students never really leave school behind. The constant evolution of technology means engineers must be up-to-date on the latest news and information in their field. In areas such as information technology information quickly becomes outdated. Those who continue to learn will be better suited to promotions and may be able to ensure job security in the event of layoffs.

Licensing

Engineers servicing the public in the United States and Canada must be licensed professional engineers (PE). Requirements for becoming licensed may or may not include a degree from an ABET-accredited program, four or more years work experience and successful completion of an examination. Graduates first become licensed engineer interns (EI) or engineers in training (EIT) by passing a fundamentals of engineering exam.

ABET is an organization that offers specialized accreditation to programs in engineering deemed to meet certain industry standards. An ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited program isn't always necessary for becoming licensed. Those without degrees from ABET-accredited programs may have to work twice as long before becoming eligible to write the PE exam.

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