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How to Become an Engineer

If you have a talent for numbers and a head for creating models, you may want to consider a career in engineering. Engineering is a vast and diverse field, offering jobs in computers, electronics, architecture and more. Read the steps listed below and learn about how you can become an engineer.

  1. Study a range of math, chemistry, algebra and computer sciences while in high school. This will help you decide whether you would like to pursue a career in engineering. These courses will enable you to complete the prerequisites required to study engineering in university. They will also help you narrow your interests.
  2. Attend a university that has a strong reputation for math and sciences. You will be required choose a specific type of engineering to study. The type of engineering you study in university will determine what type of career you will have and where you will work [source: Job Profiles].
  3. Fulfill the licensing requirements. Depending on where you live, you may be required to obtain licensing in order to legally work as an engineer. This will entail registering with an engineering association and participating in an internship. The internship will enable you to use the theory that you learned in university and obtain hands-on experience in your desired field. Once you've completed your internship, you will have to pass an exam that evaluates your knowledge of engineering and code of ethics. Upon receiving your license, you will hold a P. Eng (i.e. you will be a Professional Engineer) [source: PENG].

With your education and internship experience, you'll be ready to send out resumes and obtain employment in your chosen field of engineering. Consider applying to the company where you had an internship or asking their human resources department for other places to apply.