14 Feb 2022

The Six Branches of Engineering


Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is everything you see that’s built around us. Civil engineers design and build roads, railways, buildings, water and power supplies.

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This type of engineering is for you if:

  • You’re interested in designing and building things.
  • You’d like to develop your design skills.
  • You’re interested in mechanics, hydraulics, and statistical analysis.


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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering combines maths and physics with materials. They are responsible for taking a product from the concept to market. They rely on the same components used for thousands of years like wheels and springs.

This type of engineering is for you if…

  • You like fiddling with mechanical devices.
  • You’re interested in creating innovative designs in sustainable energy and artificial intelligence.
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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers change raw materials into useful products. They can work with microorganisms, food, oils and fuels. They often perform experiments in labs, many also use computers to design experiments. Biochemical engineering and process engineering are 2 common career paths for this branch.

This type of engineering is for you if:

  • You have an analytical mindset.
  • You’re also considering studying chemistry or another natural/life science.
  • You’re interested in the chemical processes behind producing everyday items.
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Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical control systems to required specifications. They’re involved in projects from the concept and detail of the design, through to implementation, testing and handover.  Most complete tasks in an office or lab, though on-site work is also common.

This type of engineering is for you if:

  • You’re interested in how electrical devices and systems work.
  • You want to help power the next phase of technological developments.
  • You want to understand how any electrical system is set up and have ideas for how it could improve.
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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering has two major overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. Aeronautical engineering looks the design of planes. It also looks at how they are constructed and powered. Astronautical engineering is a unique field that involves designing, developing, researching, testing and adjusting complex engineering solutions.

This type of engineering is for you if:

  • You’re fascinated by the history and methodology behind flying machines. Including, the earliest conceptual sketches to the advancement of modern jets.
  • You have a keen interest in the mechanics of flight travel.
  • You’re intrigued by computer simulations and how machinery performs under extreme conditions.
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Computer Engineering

Computer engineering combines electronics with computer science. They design and develop computer systems and other technological devices.

This type of engineering is for you if:

  • You’re interested in a career related to computers. For example, as a software developer or computer engineer.
  • You’re interested in mathematics, science and computers.
  • You want to learn more about how computers operate at a physical level.
  • You want to create new products and systems based on technological advances.
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