2 Dec 2019

What Type of Engineering Should I Do?



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There are so many different branches of engineering, it can be tricky to work out which brand is right for us. Here are some stories from Stemette Society members on how they chose their engineering niche.

What subjects do you recommend for someone interested in Engineering?

As a starter, I’d recommend Maths as it is a problem-solving subject. Since I wanted to do aerospace, Physics was the next logical option. It was my love for physics that got me into engineering. Then, the rest is up to you! Once again, subjects you enjoy will be more beneficial to you. – Tatjana, Aerospace Engineering student

Top universities often ask for Maths (and usually Further Maths) as well as Physics. Depending on what kind of engineering you want to do, Chemistry may also help. – Lydia, IB student

Should you do general engineering and then specialise OR specialise in a part of engineering from the start?

For me personally, I chose Mechanical Engineering as it is quite broad in terms of the range of content covered such as energy conversions, thermodynamics, mechanics..etc.  I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to specialise in whilst studying my A-levels, and so this course has really helped me make more informed decisions of where I would like to be stationed after I’ve graduated. However, if you know exactly what field of engineering you would like to work in in the future then that’s equally great! There is no problem in choosing to specialise at the very start if you are confident in what you wish to do after you have graduated. Whether you choose to specialise or not, I would advise doing lots of research on the modules that you may have to study on the engineering route that you wish to pursue. Different universities may specialise in different areas of engineering, and this will become more apparent in the 3rd/4th year of the degree course, where you have the opportunity to choose some of your modules from a given list. It is useful to know what these modules are in advance to see whether they are of interest to you and are along the lines of what you wish to specialise in.
– Jada, student

If you know you like the overall concept of engineering, but don’t know where you want to go exactly, I’d highly recommend staying general. You will learn such a wide range of things that you’re bound to find something that interests you, then you can specialize in the future. If you’re like me, I knew when I was 12 Aerospace was the one for me, so almost all my University options were Aerospace Engineering courses. But even within that, you can specialize. I’m now specialising in spacecraft engineering, then most likely spacecraft propulsion. In our sister Mechanical Engineering course, you can specialise in Mechatronics, Automation, Robotics etc. You can always specialise more…you can make something infinitely niche and complicated. So find out how deep your interest goes, then go from there.
– Tatjana, Aerospace Engineering student

What can you do with a Chemical Engineering degree?

With a Chemical Engineering degree, you can go into anything from Pharmaceuticals, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, the food industry…you name it. Chemical Engineers create the combination of fuels needed in rocket engines (again, totally not biased). I recommend checking our the IChemE website for an extensive list.
– Tatjana, Aerospace Engineering student

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