Have you ever crossed a bridge? Played a video game? Flipped on a light switch? Listened to music on your phone? Ridden a rollercoaster? Then you’ve experienced what an engineer does. Engineers touch every part of our lives, making our world better, safer, and more fun. Engineers make a difference!

Most people think of artists and musicians as creative. But engineers are some of the most creative people around. There are many, many kinds of engineers. Some engineers design and build roads, others invent new machines like robot-building robots, or develop new materials to make tennis rackets lighter and skis faster. Still others soup up supercomputers, clean our air, put astronauts in space. And can you believe it? It was an engineer who invented the Slinky. Check out this link to see how and why he did it!

If you grow up to be an engineer, you’ll do some amazing things!

You probably think aerospace engineers design, test, and develop the systems that control things like fighter planes and commercial airliners or rockets, missiles, and satellites that blast into outer space. That’s what most aerospace engineers do. 

 Now that's a lot of firepower!

Now that's a lot of firepower!

 Aerospace Engineers design windmill blades...

Aerospace Engineers design windmill blades...

 and high-speed trains!

and high-speed trains!

 They can even make a boat hover above the water.

They can even make a boat hover above the water.

Chemical engineers take the chemistry out of the lab and into the factory to produce things you depend on. Your toothpaste, for example. And your skinny jeans, your burst-of-banana shampoo, and your running shoes that are slowly taking over your room.

 Chemical Engineers brighten our fabrics...

Chemical Engineers brighten our fabrics...

 color everyday objects...

color everyday objects...

 put the stretch in stretchy jeans...

put the stretch in stretchy jeans...

 and even create the paint on our cars!

and even create the paint on our cars!

If it’s large, complicated and important to everyday life, it’s probably the work
of a civil engineer. Civil engineers think big—they design highways, railways, and bridges.  

 Would you like to design a skyscraper?

Would you like to design a skyscraper?

 How about a superhighway?

How about a superhighway?

 Or a really cool bridge?

Or a really cool bridge?

If it involves electricity, there’s an electrical engineer behind it. A longer-burning light bulb, flat panel TV, the  tablet you can’t get along without, your smart phone, GPS, microwave oven, and the Internet—they’ve all benefitted from the bright ideas of electrical engineers.

 Score big by designing stadium lighting!

Score big by designing stadium lighting!

 Come up with a brilliant idea.

Come up with a brilliant idea.

 Design the next smart phone.

Design the next smart phone.

 Create a satellite.

Create a satellite.

Imagine a world where the air is fresh and clean and rivers and lakes are crystal clear. That’s what environmental engineers are working towards.

 There are many ways you can help the environment.

There are many ways you can help the environment.

 You can help make waterways clean in all parts of the world.

You can help make waterways clean in all parts of the world.

 Not interested in a desk job? Have we got a career for you!

Not interested in a desk job? Have we got a career for you!

From a Slinky to an artificial heart to a supersonic jet engine, nothing moves without a mechanical engineer. 

 Mechanical engineers are deeply involved in designing aircraft that keep us safe.

Mechanical engineers are deeply involved in designing aircraft that keep us safe.

 They design things that keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

They design things that keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

 They even keep people alive with artificial organs.

They even keep people alive with artificial organs.

Computers are part of our everyday lives—and software engineers are the ones who make them work…and work to their full potential. 

 Software engineers touch our lives at every point, from computers to wireless devices.

Software engineers touch our lives at every point, from computers to wireless devices.

 How would you like to design the next app that everyone wants?

How would you like to design the next app that everyone wants?

It’s thanks to structural engineers that our skyscrapers, tunnels, bridges, dams—really anything that’s built—all stand up tall and strong and safe, and last a good long time.  

 The Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the world, couldn't be designed and built without structural engineers.

The Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the world, couldn't be designed and built without structural engineers.

 Structural engineers are key contributors to cutting-edge buildings like the Vagelos Education Center in NYC.

Structural engineers are key contributors to cutting-edge buildings like the Vagelos Education Center in NYC.

 Lotte World Tower 3 inside. Now that looks strong!

Lotte World Tower 3 inside. Now that looks strong!