What is General Engineering?
What will I study in a General Engineering B.S.Eng.?General Engineering programs differ from the other engineering majors (Mechanical, Electrical and others) because it is an interdisciplinary, broadly focused major studying concepts related to several engineering disciplines. The initial coursework (e.g. mechanics, materials, math and science, thermodynamics) for General Engineers is the same as the course work taken for other engineering majors and you will interact closely in many of the same courses other engineer students are taking for most of your third- and forth class years. In our program, students take course work from Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering areas as well as the standard math and science courses employed by any engineering major. The required courses in the program address all of the engineering topics encountered in the national Fundamental of Engineering Examination.
What are the learning outcomes for General Engineering?
The engineering accrediting body ABET (ABET.ORG) describes the learning outcomes for General Engineering students as -
A successful general engineering graduate is expected to:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
How many students are studying General Engineering in the United States?
According to Engineering By the Numbers published yearly by the American Society of Engineering Education, in 2015 there were 30,681 students studying General Engineering across the United States. The graph below shows how General Engineering fits into the enrollment of engineering majors across the U.S.:
What kind of jobs do General Engineering students do?
Engineering can be a rewarding career choice both intellectually and financially. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), starting salaries for engineers are among the highest of those for all college graduates. The BLS notes that a bachelor’s degree is required even for most entry-level jobs in the field. According to BLS, the employment opportunities in the engineering sector are expected to grow by 11 percent across the many engineering disciplines by 2018.
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering can find many career fields where they can use their education. Many small - to medium-sized industrial concerns need the distributed skills of a General Engineering graduate to support plant operations. These small plants cannot afford to hire three engineers in each of the areas of electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering, but they can afford to hire a single engineering student who brings into the work place a General Engineering degree and who has skills in all three of these areas.
Typical job titles of the General Engineering graduate include:
- Development Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Product Engineer
- System Design Engineer
According to the BLS the hourly wages for a General Engineering graduate by percentile are (Sector listing 17-2199):