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How many engineering disciplines can you name?
UCSB educates students in five key areas: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. However, there are over 50 other engineering disciplines to discover including aerospace, automotive, biochemical, civil, environmental, geotechnical, industrial, manufacturing, nanotechnology, nuclear, petroleum, security, telecommunications, and traffic engineering. All areas overlap with basic engineering knowledge and skills.
Learn how you can pursue your discipline or pivot your UCSB education into the area of your choice through a career path in Engineering + Technology.
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Careers in Engineering + Technology
When you decide to be a student within the College of Engineering at UCSB, the foundation of your exploration is based within your academic curriculum. To get an edge, it is useful to deepen your understanding of the disciplines and industries within this area of work before moving forward.
Learn about the various disciplines in Engineering + Technology by reviewing the Vault IT and Engineering Guides. These guides provide brief overviews of specific disciplines, information about the work duties and environment, as well as different specialties within the industry, details regarding necessary education and experience, and advice regarding how to gain an entry-level position and grow in the profession.
Most engineering positions require a bachelor’s degree in engineering; specialized areas may require a master’s or Ph.D. However, some entry-level positions may accept a bachelor’s degree in a related science (most commonly mathematics, physics, or chemistry). Positions that are more flexible in education requirements are often titled “Engineering Technician” or “Test Engineer”. These positions are strong entry-level jobs for engineering students with limited experience or a low GPA, as well as for students transitioning into the engineering industry from an academic background in the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences.
After narrowing down the disciplines that interest you, connect with alumni and professionals in that field to gain a deeper understanding of what that position and industry looks like day-to-day. Speaking to various professionals in the field will demonstrate to you how different everyone’s personal career paths are, as well as how the industry has evolved over time. Connecting with alumni and professionals will also grow your network to utilize when searching for experiences in the future.
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