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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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  • Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company
    Answered 2 days AGO
    Hi Makena
    
    Walt Disney Imagineering hires all kinds of engineers. Our most popular are Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Controls.  I would highly recommend you find what YOU are passionate about though and pursue that.  We also hire folks ...
  • Eric Quesada asked Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company

    Added Monday, January 1, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Hi Kim,

    I'm a senior studying mechanical engineering and robotics at the University of Pennsylvania. I have a 5th year planned to finish my masters degree in robotics. My dream is to work for Disney in a lot of the same capacity that you have. I am also currently studying for my FE exam in the spring. However I'm having second thoughts because the more I look into it the more it seems it's really only necessary for the construction industry. What's your experience with the PE in your ...

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    Kim Wheeler, The Walt Disney Company
    Answered 2 days AGO
    Hi Eric!
    
    My husband actually has a master's in robotics from University of Pennsylvania! I would say that the PE is VERY important to Disney.  Growing up in the northeast and living in Boston I did not know what it was until I started to work for ...
  • Ashton E. Byrd

    Added 3 days AGO

    Hi, I'm a freshman in high school and I have to write a paper about aerospace engineering. The only problem is that I've searched just about everywhere and I can't find the specific physics that go into it and it's required for the assignment.
    Answers 1
    Moyra J. McDill, Carleton University
    Answered 2 days AGO

    Hi Ashton.

    Aerospace engineering covers a lot of territory but here are two ideas that will show you some of the physics of flight (aviation) and of rockets.

    Try these in your browser:
    1. "the physics of flight" or "basic flight physics". Look for ...

  • Katie A., Piedmont asked Stacy Clark, Center for NYC Neighborhoods

    Added Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Is it hard to get into college? How much is the salary? Is the work fun?
    Answers 1
    Stacy Clark, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
    Answered 3 days AGO
    Luckily there are a wide variety of colleges with engineering programs - from public schools with rolling admissions to prestigious private schools with strict deadlines and low acceptance rates, and everything you can imagine in-between.
    
    The salary ...
  • Melanie, Eudora Kansas asked Stacy Clark, Center for NYC Neighborhoods

    Added Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Hi Stacy, I am a senior in high school and I am very set on becoming an environmental engineer. I have loved the environment and have been wanting to help it since a young age. I want to be able to get the most out of my education the future. I participate in high school Science Olympiad and I found to love learning about groundwater contamination and remediation. I don't know yet if that is what I want to pursue but living in the state of Kansas, I don't know if attending college in Kansas ...
    Answers 1
    Stacy Clark, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
    Answered 3 days AGO
    Hi Melanie,
    
    I am SO sorry for the delayed response, and I bet this isn't going to be much help to you at this point, but hopefully it will be helpful to other folks reading this in the future.
    
    While I think people who attend college at a school ...
  • Smilja Isenberg

    Added 7 days AGO

    My 8th grade daughter has been saying for few years she wants to be an aerospace engineer when she grows up and intends to study engineering in college. Her High School offers both an IT program and Project Lead The Way for engineering with following classes:
    Intro to Engineering Design
    Digital Electronics
    Principles of Engineering
    Civil Engineering and Architecture
    Engineering Design and Development (Capstone)

    We recently went to an open night for IT and one of the ...

    Answers 1
    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered 4 days AGO
    I think your daughter will have plenty of time to take required engineering courses, including any required coding classes, once she is in her undergraduate program. Looking at one set of course requirements for an aerospace engineering program (at MIT) ...
  • Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Answered 5 days AGO
    Actually, I originally went to college on a basketball scholarship and it just happened to be a top rated engineering school and local.  At first I thought I wanted to go into Computer Science, but quickly changed my mind after taking an elective, ...
  • Jasmine

    Added 11 days AGO

    Hello! I'm 17 and am currently in my senior year of high school. I have always been passionate in learning biology and engineering. Therefore, I thought BME was perfect for me. However, from recent research, I discovered that high school freshmen are discouraged to major in BME for our Bachelor's degree as BME is a very diverse field; learning things from various traditional engineering fields but not knowing enough to perform the job alone therefore companies tend to hire specialists from ...

    Answers 1
    Monique Frize, Carleton University and University of Ottawa
    Answered 9 days AGO

    It is true that there are two paths to becoming a biomedical engineer. One is to get a traditional degree (electrical or mechanical) and a Master's in biomedical. This is a more solid educational path, as you get to learn more of the engineering skills ...

  • Camille Sowells, CP&Y, Inc.
    Answered 12 days AGO
    There are so many types of engineering.  I would suggest focusing on which core engineering classes you do like (i.e. fluids, structures, etc.) or like best, and let that guide you toward which field of engineering is best for you.  
  • Asad Hameed Khan

    Added 13 days AGO

    I was hired by K-Electric and now I spend my time making presentations and reports for the department. I can't see anything technical in my job. I want to earn well but to earn well you have to learn well. I have financial constraints, so can't take expensive courses. Currently, I see no clear path to develop myself. I just want a specific career path. I have no one to guide. So, I don't know what should I do and what courses I should take.
    Answers 1
    Sandra Cruz-Pol, Professor
    Answered 12 days AGO
    Hi Asad, First thing i would try is to talk to your supervisor and explain her/him that even though you know how important your job is, you would like to explore other more technical openings within the company. Find out whether that company offers to ...
  • Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:10 PM
    Hi Tatyana,
    
    There is no age limit to furthering education. I'm similarly interested in going back to school and am in my 30's. As long as you've got the drive to pursue it, there's no limit! I hope you consider pursuing the degree...and if you do it, ...
  • maliyah s. asked Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

    Added Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    i have to do an assignment for school, i'm a freshman in high school, please help!
    Answers 1
    Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Answered Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 6:10 AM
    Actually, I originally went to college on a basketball scholarship and it just happened to be a top rated engineering school and local.  At first I thought I wanted to go into Computer Science, but quickly changed my mind after taking an elective, ...
  • Kitty1996

    Added Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Hi! I am a computer engineering student from philippines and expected to graduate this june 2018. I still have one remaining subject to be taken this incoming semester. I'm currently finding a part time job while i'm still studying. I'm very frustrated because I can't find a job that really suits my knowledge. Coz I think I'm not that good enough to be an engineer. But I'm willing to learn in order to grow. I'm really frustrated what should I do?
    Answers 1
    Yasmin Jawad, Ford Motor Company
    Answered Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 1:09 PM
    Hello,  
    
    First and foremost, you should be proud of yourself for getting this far and completing engineering school. Allow me to tell you that it is natural to feel this way when you graduate as it is the fear of the unknown.  Not having prior ...
  • kynnedi asked Aurelia Gooden, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

    Added Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Answers 1
    Aurelia Gooden, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    Answered Monday, January 1, 2018 at 7:36 AM
    Hello.
    
    Thank you for your question. Yes, I enjoy my job as an engineer.
    
    A few years ago, things were difficult for women as engineers. There was not as much respect for our knowledge in the industry. Now, things are very different. There are ...
  • Paula , Troy High School asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Hi! I'm a junior in high school and I'm currently enrolled in my school's magnet program and because of it I have been able to take a class that is very much involved with engineering. Very often than not I find myself very confused and discouraged in this class. I know engineering is something I aspire to work in yet being surrounded by so many people that know what they're doing makes me lose that confidence I have in knowing I want to be and engineer. My question to you is : Have you ever ...
    Answers 1
    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:52 AM

    My sincerest apologies for being so late in responding to your question. This past year has been a bit challenging for me as I have had some personal family health issues and am entering the next phase of my own career as I will be stepping down as ...

  • Narmin, Azerbaijan/Baku asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    hello, I like your way to encourage girls so i have a question. There is such countries that gender equality on engineering side is not sufficient yet. Although my country is developed but there is some issues on civil engineering side, even you are good at your job employers have stereotype for giving you a job, have you got any experience like that and I will be very glad if you advise me Thank you :)
    Answers 1
    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:51 AM
    Being in construction, I completely understand what you are experiencing. Women still today make up barely 10% of the engineering workforce in construction. My best advice to you is to believe in yourself and to have confidence in what you do. I would ...
  • Yosra, Egypt asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Hi :)) I'm graduated from faculty of engineering, department Construction and engineering management... But I spent 2 years not working in this field and now I wanna try it, but I almost forgot most of what I've learned. Do you think there's a chance for me out there? And what would you advise me? Thank you šŸ˜Š
    Answers 1
    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:44 AM
    My sincerest apologies for being so late in responding to your question. This past year has been a bit challenging for me as I have had some personal family health issues and am entering the next phase of my own career as I will be stepping down as ...
  • Skyler , Indianapolis, IN asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Ms. Galloway, I am currently a engineer in training that works for a small water resources firm in Indianapolis, IN. I have an associates degree in Land Surveyingand a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. I am almost one year into my current position, but my development as a young engineer has not been the experience that I have anticipated. I believe I have been pro active in trying to take the lead on many projects and offering new ideas. Many of my ideas have not been implemented within ...
    Answers 1
    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:20 AM
    Skyler, you should never be afraid of trying new things or venturing out. Work should be fun and we should enjoy what we do each day. Ideas are always worth sharing and we must realize that not all our ideas may work or be accepted. However, I have grown ...
  • Basitah Amirah

    Added Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    I am good at drawing and my hobby is creating comics. But my parents doesn't want me to be a cartoonist or an illustrator because of the salary. So I've been taking for 2 years to think about my future, and I've decided to be an engineer. Unfortunately, my grades are still low for mathematics and science. Would that be a problem for me to be an engineer? I still have 2 more years in high school so i wanted to know if i still have my chance to succeed. I want to have at least one successful ...
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Wow - you and I have similar backgrounds. When I was in high school my main focus was in humanities and I LOVED to draw and loved art. I was in the drama club and debate team and loved all aspects of the arts. I had no physics, chemistry, or calculus in ...

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