Engineering applies mathematics and science to solve real-world problems. It is the link between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet the needs of the consumer and society. The main branches of engineering include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, and computer engineering. Each main branch has numerous subdivisions and engineering professional societies recognize numerous specialties. A person who practices engineering is called an engineer.
Many engineers develop new products such as chemicals, power plants and toys. Engineers use computers to produce and analyze designs; to simulate and test how a machine, structure, or system operates; to generate specifications for parts; to monitor the quality of products; and to control the efficiency of processes. Nanotechnology which integrates atoms and molecules to create high-performance materials and components is introducing entirely new principles to the engineering design process.
Overviews of Engineering Branches
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
- Free Online Engineering Dictionary – Engineering dictionary compendium; dictionaries and glossaries with explanations and definitions of terms, phrases, acronyms and abbreviations related to engineering.
- Is Engineering Right For Me? (6:29) – Overview of engineering for high school students; describes the nature of engineering thinking and problem solving.
- Chemical Engineers (1:31) – Applications of chemical engineering and the role chemical engineers play in product development.
- A Day in the Life of a Civil Engineer (1:12)
- Electrical Engineers job description (1:31)
- A Day in the Life – Mechanical Engineer (1:00)