As teachers, we know that when we can give kids real-world context as to why they’re learning something, the engagement rate skyrockets.
After all, how many times do you hear, ‘why do I have to learn this?’
When students make the connection between school and their future, they are more engaged, empowered, and feel as though they can adequately, positively, and successfully be part of the community – as well as feel excited about what their future holds.
When we offer our students engaging, well-rounded curriculum, where they can learn the interconnectedness of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), we improve national advancement and provide our students with career opportunities that will help them compete in a global marketplace.
Engineering is one of those subject areas that can actually be super exciting for all ages to learn about. Especially when we get students thinking about how engineering relates to things all around them – and the fun careers they can explore that leverage different engineering degrees.
Below are eight ‘fun’ careers that might get your student’s wheels turning and have them considering a degree in engineering.
- Roller Coaster Designer
A career option for the adventurous!
- While there isn’t a specific degree for roller coaster engineering, engineers in this field are comprised of, and hold degrees in, electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering.
- Securing a job as a roller coaster designer is a highly competitive market.
- Students need strong knowledge of physics and advanced mathematics. Drafting is also a skill that is required.
- Gaming Engineer
A career option for the video game lover!
- Most game developers have a computer science degree with a concentration in game design and are often software engineers and software developers.
- As expected, strong math skills (usually through Calculus) are essential, as well as skills such as being a team player, a creative thinker, and problem-solver, and being able to analyze data.
- Gaming Engineers may also be expected to learn 2D and 3D modeling, so students who also like to draw and design might be interested in this type of career.
- Robotics Designer
A career option for the lover of all things robots – and even artificial intelligence (AI)!
- Careers in robotics draw upon a number of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, and electronic.
- In addition to requiring strong science and advanced math courses, students must also have excellent problem-solving skills, be creative, work well in teams, and have stellar oral and written skills.
- Mobile App Designer (Software Engineer)
A career option for the student who can’t stop checking apps on their smartphone!
- Mobile App Engineers are expected to have technical expertise in various coding frameworks and programming languages, in addition to user experience (UX), user interface (UI), and responsive design.
- Students will need strong mathematics and information technology knowledge.
- Employers also look for soft skills such as attention to detail, ability to work in a team, critical and analytical thinking, strong problem-solving skills, and excellent verbal and written communication.
- Structural Developer
A career option for the student who loves to design and develop new buildings, bridges and transportation methods such as roads and tunnels.
- “Structural engineering is a specialty within Civil Engineering. [They] create drawings and specifications, perform calculations, review the work of other engineers, write reports and evaluations, and observe construction sites.” (seaoc.org)
- Structural engineers often work with a team of people, including architects.
- Students pursuing a career in this field will need strong math and science skills, especially in the area of geoscience, and also need strong verbal and writing skills.
- Boat/Ship Designer
A career for the water lover who wishes they could spend their days on a boat.
- Marine Engineering is an option for students who are looking to leverage engineering to design and evaluate engines, navigational devices, docks, boats and other seafaring vessels, marine tools, and more.
- Students seeking a degree in marine engineering need to have excellent advanced science and math grades while in high school.
- Additionally, having high ACT or SAT scores are a benefit to students applying to college in this field.
- Vehicle Designer & Developer
A career for the student who loves NASCAR or thinks they can design a car, truck, or other vehicles better than what’s currently available.
- Automotive engineering is a branch of mechanical engineering, and because there aren’t a lot of colleges that offer degrees in automotive engineering, most students earn their bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.
- There are three main avenues for this career: Design, research and development, and production.
- In addition to strong math and science skills, automotive engineers also leverage their creativity, ability to design, develop, and test new procedures and products, and must have the ability to analyze and interpret data, in order to help them be successful.
- Recording Studio & Live Venue Acoustic or Audio Engineer
Got music lovers in your room? For the student who may not have a career in singing they could find a career as an acoustic or audio engineer.
- Acoustical engineers may be concerned with limiting unwanted sound or noise or may focus on maximizing the clarity and quality of desired sound. Source: (purdue.edu)
- Strong physics and math knowledge are needed.
- It’s also worth noting that at the undergrad level, students may need to first pursue a degree in physics, mechanical or electrical engineering.
Did you know Odysseyware offers Engineering courses?
If you’re a current customer, you might have access to career exploration, CTE and STEM courses that you’re not even aware of! Check out our Course Catalog and find courses aligned to your state standards!
The Odysseyware STEM courses offer opportunities for high school students to explore topics such as:
- Engineering and Design,
- Principles of Technology and Engineering,
- Engineering and Innovation,
- Engineering and Product Development,
- and so much more!
- And all Engineering courses engage students in learning about and applying the Engineering Design Process.
Odysseyware also offers 80+ CTE courses (including career exploration) and advanced math and science courses to help prepare students for college, career, and life. Additionally, through the use of the highly flexible platform, teachers have the ability to add single lessons or whole units from any of our 300+ courses in order to create their own unique course, such as an integrated CTE, math, and science course – and truly bring the connectedness between school and the ‘real-world’ to life!
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