An engineering major at the associate’s degree level provides solid preparation for any type of engineering degree at the bachelor’s level. And if you decide to earn a bachelor’s degree in general engineering, you will study many different fields of engineering and business. From there you can go on to manage teams of engineers, oversee product development from invention to market, or use your engineering degree in a field such as law or medicine.
Are You Suited For An Engineering School?
For most engineering programs it helps to be good at math and science and interested in working with people. Most engineering students work on projects in teams. It helps you gain notoriety by being a part of an organization or society for engineers.
Engineering students gain valuable tools by gathering and interpreting data as part of an internship, learning how to use algorithms to solve problems, give technical presentations in front of a group, work with a team to design and build a project and pass challenging math and science classes.
Your Engineering School Checklist
- Will the engineering school help you find work after graduation?
- Will you have the chance to take on a research project?
- Is the program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology?
- Are the labs and other facilities up-to-date and well stocked?
- If the program leads to an associate’s degree, will it prepare you for transfer to a four-year school?
- Does the engineering school sponsor events like competitions, guest speakers or business visits?
The Top Engineering Colleges & Universities
A career in engineering can prove both profitable and personally rewarding, but success in the field requires good preparation. The following colleges have a reputation of producing excellent engineers.
California Polytechnic State University
Carnegie Mellon University
California Institute of Technology
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
United States Military Academy
University of California-Berkeley
University of Illinois
University of Michigan
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).