Finding a Good Engineering Program

NJITOnce you decide to pursue an engineering or engineering technology education, preparation should begin as soon as possible. On the most basic level, college is designed to open doors. It teaches you how to think, solve ambiguous problems and use the tools of engineering such as design and simulation software – this gets you ready for employment.

There are several approaches to pursue an engineering or engineering technology career. You can attend a community or junior college, vocational school, technical college, state university or other public or private university. Programs range from one year or less for a certificate, two-three years for an associate’s degree and four-five years for a bachelor’s degree. Each path has its advantages and disadvantages. College classes are taught with the expectation that you are willing to do some research on your own and that you are motivated to do so.

Choosing the engineering or engineering technology school that is right for you is as important as wheels are to automobiles. Hundreds of schools offer engineering programs; some schools have engineering dorms, some offer engineering fraternities or sororities, some are inner-city and some are spread out over large distances. The advantages and disadvantages of each school will depend on your personal needs and wants. Important considerations for most college-bound students include location, cost, faculty, school size, and academics. To find a program in the United States, visit ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).

The “One Word” Winner

RobotMakerscover801x522Last week you had the opportunity to win a free copy of Robot Makers: An Essential Guide to Choosing a Career in Robotics. All you had to do was respond with one word that described a robot. The winner was chosen at random from all of the entries received.

And the winner is (drum roll please….)

Omar Brown from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School!

Congratulations Omar!

The words sent in to describe a robot are below. Do any of them change your perception?

  1. Mechanical
  2. Innovative
  3. Useful
  4. KaiZi
  5. Alive
  6. Task-master
  7. Funtastic
  8. Possibilities
  9. Friendly
  10. Automation
  11. Advanced
  12. Beep
  13. Methodical
  14. Droid
  15. Helpful
  16. Intense
  17. Autonomy
  18. Busy
  19. Transform
  20. Ingenuity