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This is the place where you can ask those questions you still have about engineering careers.  You can read profiles of practicing engineers in the I'm An Engineer section and ask them a question directly, or you can submit a question here to have EngineerGirl staff try to find the right person to answer you.

Since other people may have already asked the question on your mind, please take time to search through the questions and answers to see what others have already said about your topic. You may also find the list of FAQs about Engineering helpful. These answers were not provided directly by engineers in the directory, but they will give you a basic understanding of what you need to know about an engineering career.

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Also, since we cannot give you actual engineering advice, if you need help designing that booster rocket for your own spacecraft or other project, you may find a resource on this list of other Engineering Q&A sites, and we encourage you to seek the services of a professional engineer for any engineering advice you may require. 

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  • Madigan asked Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company

    Added Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    Hi Kim,

    I just scrolled through the many questions you have answered and I think is it amazing that you offer advice to aspiring engineers. It means a lot for students like myself to hear from professionals in the industry we look up to. Working for Disney as an imagineer is my dream job. I am a senior in Civil Engineering looking at going to grad school for Structural Engineering. I've been doing a lot of research to figure out if a career with Disney is even possible for ...

    Answers 1
    Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company
    Answered 5 days AGO
    Hey Madigan
    
    Nice to hear from you! So there are some truths to what you said but I also have good news: Disney does hire Structural Engineers! We have an entire structural engineering department under our Architecture and Facilities Engineering group. ...
  • aubri asked Kristy Rasbach, General Motors

    Added Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 2:40 AM

    I am in the 6th grade and in math i got a C.
    Answers 1
    Kristy Rasbach, General Motors
    Answered 5 days AGO
    Hi Aubri!  I am so glad that you found EngineerGirl!  Just because you got a grade that you are not satisfied with does NOT mean that you are not good at something.  One grade does not determine your future nor your capability!  And yes, I believe that ...
  • Ingris asked Tiera Fletcher (Guinn), MIT/The Boeing Co

    Added Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:47 AM

    Answers 1
    Tiera Fletcher (Guinn), MIT/The Boeing Co
    Answered 11 days AGO
    Hi Ingris! 
    
    At a young age, I had a passion for math, science, innovation, design and art. By the age of 11, I was introduced to aerospace engineering through a program available at my elementary school. That program showed me how aerospace engineering ...
  • Tiera Fletcher (Guinn), MIT/The Boeing Co
    Answered 11 days AGO
    Hi! 
    
    That's great! Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. My favorite part about the project that I am doing is the freedom for innovation. There are so many opportunities to release my creative outlet, in terms of problem solving and design, ...
  • Ace Reave asked Andromeda DuMont, CH2M / Jacobs

    Added Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    How and what do you do as water resource engineer when you are mainly outside? I thought most engineers work in factories or in their own businesses.

    I am a student from a school in Maryland where our project is an interview with an engineer. I decided to chose you because this was an engineer type that I have never heard of so I wanted to ask a couple of question about what you have done as this engineer and what happened on your way to becoming this engineer.

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    Andromeda DuMont, CH2M / Jacobs
    Answered 11 days AGO
    I do many different sorts of projects, including ones that require field work or traveling. Because I have a background in hydrogeology, my field work typically consists of drilling or sampling activities. This means I will hang out with a water supply ...
  • Andromeda DuMont, CH2M / Jacobs
    Answered 11 days AGO
    Hello! And thanks for your question. I chose engineering because I wanted to make a difference! I have always loved technology and cool gadgets. I had plenty of mentors along the way including my father (an engineer), my mother (encouraging and ...
  • Aditi asked Katie Smith, Appalachian Power Company

    Added Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    My degree is very similar to yours. I was recently very disheartened when I freaked out after giving possibly the worst coding test for a summer internship. Is there anyway I can prepare better for next time? I'm pretty fine with electrical stuff, I just struggle a lot with the computer science / computer engineering aspect.
    Answers 1
    Katie Smith, Appalachian Power Company
    Answered 12 days AGO
    Aditi, the old saying "Practice makes perfect" is really true. Just keep studying hard and you will excel. Find what you're passionate about and focus on that. If it's not computer related then so be it. My rule I followed until I overcame my self-doubt ...
  • Rayna

    Added Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    I really love electricity and airplanes but I don't want to be a mechanical engineer. Is there any way I can just do electrical in aeroscience? Thank you!
    Answers 1
    Answered 12 days AGO

    One aspect of aerospace will be autonomous capabilities, like those you see in autonomous vehicles. The majority of those systems leverage electrical engineering concepts, like LIDAR to operate. In addition, aerospace will be a part of the IOT wave and ...

  • Jillian asked Sara Dolatshahi, OPG

    Added Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:08 AM

    Answers 1
    Answered 13 days AGO

    After high school, I studied 4 years of Chemical Engineering. Few years later, after I started working for a Nuclear power plant, I completed 2 more years of school part time to obtain my masters in Nuclear Engineering. Let me know if you have any other ...

  • Stephanie asked Victoria Cummings

    Added Monday, October 1, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Hi Victoria, you being a chemical engineer kind of sparked my interest, since chemistry kind of gets the best of my curiosity, and because this is part of a research project I have to do for school.
    Answers 1
    Answered Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 7:41 PM
    Before becoming an engineer I had a plethora of professions I wanted to excel  in. I was very lost because to be quite honest I deeply loved more than one thing. The professions I was interested in before choosing engineering were  business, ...
  • Jeni asked Kristy Rasbach, General Motors

    Added Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    I want to become an Engineer for BMW, MINI or Rolls Royce. I always loved cars, and last year I started to think a lot about Mechanical Engineering after meeting a retired Mechanical Engineer. I'm not old enough to go to collage yet. What can I do now to learn about Mechanical Engineering? I figured out how to fix a toy pull-back truck's gears. I'm really interested in car engines and I thought about becoming a Mechanic too. How hard was it to get into GM?
    Answers 1
    Kristy Rasbach, General Motors
    Answered Friday, October 5, 2018 at 4:33 AM
    This is a great question!  If you are naturally interested in cars, engines, and other mechanical systems, then I think that engineering is definitely a career choice that you should explore.  For now, keep being curious and learning new things!  This ...
  • Philippa Martin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Answered Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    You are missing a crucial word, 'yet' ;) If you are determined and you reach out for help and keep trying, then you can master math. So, when you get stuck with a math problem, say to yourself, I'm smart, I'm capable, I'm going to conquer this. Engineers ...

  • Beth Jones, D3 Technologies
    Answered Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 2:29 AM
    Concentrate on a college prep course of study. Talk to your college counselor about your desire to attend college & study engineering. All you need now is a your basics, English, Math, Science. Aim for an honors program if your high school has that ...
  • laila asked Priya Singha, University of Georgia

    Added Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    Answers 1
    Priya Singha, University of Georgia
    Answered Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:46 PM
    Hi Laila,
    That's a great question! I actually never realized that I would be good at engineering when I was young and in high school. I just knew the subjects that I really enjoyed (biology, chemistry, and math). However, I was not really great at math. ...
  • Chi-An Emhoff, Saint Mary's College of California
    Answered Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 5:39 PM
    My first engineering position was at a large biomedical corporation in Silicon Valley. Two big obstacles I faced were 1) feeling like I was just a "cog in a wheel" where my role was very limited in this big company, and 2) many decisions made by upper ...
  • Derek

    Added Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    due to mechanical engineering being competitive i will not be able to get into the department for undergrad. when i say i'm more interested in the mechanical field i mean like designing a part or product, as opposed to what an industrial engineer usually does.
    Answers 1
    Kate Fay, Verizon Wireless
    Answered Monday, September 24, 2018 at 4:54 PM
    Hi Derek,
    
    Thankfully Industrial and Mechanical Engineering share a lot of similar classes. I was a mechanical engineer but actually took a few industrial  courses. I would ask your adviser if you can take some mechanical engineering courses as electives ...
  • Destiny

    Added Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:32 AM

    Does anyone have young children while pursuing a degree in engineering? Is it challenging, do you have time for your kids. What is the normal schedule of a chemical or Industrial engineer?
    Answers 1
    Sarah Foster, STEM Like a Girl
    Answered Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:16 PM
    Hi Destiny,
    
    While I didn't have my kids when I was in school for engineering, I do have two children now so I'll try to answer your question as best I can. 
    
     Having kids makes life in general more challenging!  You are constantly trying to manage their ...
  • E

    Added Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Answers 1
    Manasa Gavini, Parker Hannifin
    Answered Monday, September 24, 2018 at 10:52 AM
    Thank you for the question. Having good grades is always the best. It shows how much effort you put into the subject and it adds weight to your profile. But it is not mandatory to be a honor roll student to become an Engineer. You must deep dive into the ...
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