How to inspire someone to become an engineer?

At the age of 18 years old, I was among those teenagers who really did not know what I wanted to be and what major to study in college. As my parents were both university teachers, I knew somehow what it feels to be a teacher and I liked it. My two older siblings were in medical school at that time. I knew for sure that I didn’t want to be a doctor because first I cannot see blood and I pass out when my blood is drawn and second, I didn’t like it from what I heard from my siblings. So how I ended up going to engineering school?

I am a curious person by nature and I was curious about what engineers do and what it feels like to be an engineer. I used to hear friends talking about engineering as a respectful degree and it usually secures a well-paid job. But I was very curious to know what do engineers do at work? Is it fun to work as an engineer? Am I going to love it? So, I went to engineering school to find out myself.

For all those teenagers who want to know what it feels like to be an engineer or for those who want to inspire someone to become an engineer, I thought it might be interesting to talk about that in my blog. I googled to see what’s there online about being an engineer. What came up in my google search was a quite vague and easy-to-regurgitate description for being an engineer which wasn’t wrong but it didn’t provide the reality aspect of being an engineer and how amazing can be working as an engineer.  

The first fact you must know is that what an engineer does depends on what kind of engineer the person is; mechanical, civil, chemical, electrical, etc. These are some of the major engineering branches which can be further broken down into sub-branches and sub-categories. This means there is literally thousands of possibilities when it comes to what do engineers do at work. 

Basically, engineers are the subject matter experts who usually know by learning and experience how “things” work, how they are designed, how they are constructed and made, and how to maintain things, how to troubleshoot them and how to fix any issues with them. What I mean by “things” is pretty much anything, big and small products/devices, houses, buildings, bridges, railways, trains, airplanes, cars, chemicals, energy sources, electrical equipment and parts, mechanical structures, electronics, and the list goes on and on. I will give more insights and details in coming posts about how engineers learn and gain experience about how things work, designed, built, manufactured, maintained, …etc. Stay tuned.      

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s