Engineering is Worth the Struggle
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 09:02
Can a mobile phone be charged wirelessly? How does an automobile use hydrogen as a fuel? How do you build your own remote controller?
When such questions arise in your mind, the best answer should be “ask an engineer.”
Some students are certain of the major they want to pursue, but many first-year students enter as undecided or may be unsure about their choice.
Factually, almost one quarter of freshmen change their majors at the end of the year, and several of these are the victims of engineering. This is why choosing a major can sometimes become a baffling task.
A major fraction of high-school students choose engineering as their major by fascination. Fascination for designing projects, writing reports and cutting-edge technologies to resolve equations — all focused on making a better world for tomorrow. This charm for a new revolution inspires them to adopt engineering as a college major.
There are those that do not have the passion to play with designs or those who want to deal with the already built-in layouts, so they switch their majors.
Few of them find it as boring and irrelevant, but the naked truth is engineering makes students feel scared. There may be fear of spending long hours on a task or a great concern for getting easy grades.
But with the new incoming technologies in the world today, the demand for the engineers has increased. Now the field is at the top of the job market chain, so numerous college students opt for it with the goal of earning high salaries as well as recognition.
However, dealing with the designs and building something innovative is not everyone’s cup of tea, which is why engineering is considered the toughest major in many American universities. Be it electrical, mechanical, construction or computer engineering, the curriculum demands a lot from a regular full-time student.
Every engineering field requires a student to analyze, learn and apply the acquired knowledge to the fullest. One needs to have a good background for mathematics, imbibe several equations and should know how to make plans and implement them in their design through distinct ways.
Andre Marin, a senior electrical engineering student, feels that the course work requires constant efforts to put in, but his keen interest in calculus and science inspired him to endeavor something new.
Entering the engineering field widens career options, as there are many different specialties of engineering, but the work it requires is challenging. With many different assignments that deal with the constructive approaches to solving problems and creating formulas, engineering is an adventure.
Understanding circuits, researching its distinct components, applying the skills learnt using both the practical and theoretical knowledge, testing and analyzing the results and applying reverse engineering processes is what constitutes engineering.
Those who want to bring a change, who keep thinking on why, what and how the things work, and think they have a mindset for engineering should go for it. Chances are they will enjoy it!