Engineering Your Future

Find out what engineers do, what it takes to become an engineer and learn why engineers love their jobs. You’ll find career-related tips so you can prepare yourself now for high school and college studies in engineering.

  • Photonics Engineering

    Photonics engineers are concerned with how light is emitted, transmitted, amplified, detected, modulated, and switched for a variety of purposes. Lasers are a key component of photonics. Students will learn about careers in photonics.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Biomedical Engineering

    Biomedical engineers solve problems in medical research for the improvement of health care. Biomedical engineers must have training in anatomy, physiology, and medicine, AND engineering. Learn about this important medical engineering field.

    Grades: 6-10
  • Sustainability Engineering

    Greg discusses his career as a sustainability design engineer. He calls himself a "Green Engineer." He shares his two-fold focus: to create healthier living environments that conserve resources and design systems that make a positive environmental impact.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Systems Engineering

    Tom is a systems engineer, and he loves his job. He says, "I get to come to work and build micro-air vehicles and morphing aircraft with really cool functionalities that didn't exist before, now that's exciting."

    Grades: 6-12
  • Biochemical Engineering

    Tara works in aerospace materials research for the U.S. Air Force. She helps create the new composite materials used to build America’s cutting-edge military aircraft. Meet Tara and learn more about careers in biochemical engineering.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Robotics Engineering

    Erik is a robotics engineer who works with mechanical, electrical and computer engineers to build robots. Students will learn how robotics engineering requires constant experimenting before things work out just right.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Chemical Engineering

    Meet Shellie, a chemical engineer for the pet food industry. She works on a product development team with a variety of other technical specialists. Learn the value of other people's input to solve problems and create success.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Biomechanical Engineering

    Biomechanical engineering is the study of biomechanics, ranging from the inner workings of a cell to the movement and development of limbs, to the mechanical properties of soft tissue, and bones. Learn about this important medical engineering field.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Civil Engineering

    Gary, a civil engineer, explains, “Civil engineers build structures, dams, roads, bridges and large environmental projects.” Learn about the career of civil engineering with this career video for aspiring engineering students.

    Grades: 6-12