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How do I find a support network in engineering?

I have a group of friends in a lot of the same classes I’m in now and I’ve found having that support and camaraderie really helpful. I'm concerned about moving on to college and a career where I may not have that kind of group. Do engineers usually work in teams or by themselves? Were you able to find a group to work with in college or at your job? What are some ways I can find a similar support network in college or when I get a job as an engineer?

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  • Polina L. asked Victoria Cummings

    Added Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    My parents want different professions of me, one medicine and one engineering. They also differ in opinion as to what colleges or universities I should go to, Ivies or just UT. I myself am finding it hard to find what I want, my dream. 
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  • Added Monday, May 20, 2019 at 8:24 AM


    I have a group of friends in a lot of the same classes I’m in now and I’ve found having that support and camaraderie really helpful. I'm concerned about moving on to college and a career where I may not have that kind of group. Do engineers usually work in teams or by themselves? Were you able to find a group to work with in college or at ...

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    Priscilla Bennett, Spire / Laclede Gas Company
    Answered Friday, May 31, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    First off, no worry about not having the camaraderie. I can guarantee you will find similar interests in the people you are in college with along with your work environment. Engineers (in college and in the workplace) are normally working on similar ...

    Kate Fay, Verizon Wireless
    Answered Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Having the right support network in engineering is very important. In college, I would recommend looking to see if there is a program that allows you to live on a floor with other engineering freshman. I was able to make a very strong group of friends ...

    Madeleine Hirsch, BIG RED DOG Engineering, a Division of WGI
    Answered Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    From my experience, engineers work both in teams and by themselves. As a traffic engineer, I work on a team with many different people: other traffic engineers, planners, stakeholders, municipalities and many more. My college experiences definitely ...

  • Aleksa Krepuszewski asked Victoria Taberner, Phillips 66

    Added Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Hi, so I'm going into college this upcoming fall and I got put into a partnership program ??? the CMU/CU Mechanical Engineering program ??? but I went to register for class and I'm beginning to think that program isn't the best for me. Can you explain the difference between mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology degrees to help me decide which way to go?

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  • Kenisha Stills asked Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois

    Added Monday, April 29, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    For the last 5 years off and on, I've hammered away constantly at the brick wall to get to the electrical engineering degree on the other side. This semester, which ends Wednesday, I took my first battery of engineering courses, and mentally I feel like I've been running up Mt. Everest bare-armed in shorts. Right now, I have a low A in one course and a mid-A in the other, but I've had to fight ferociously for my standing. I took one of my finals today and couldn't get my circuit to work the ...

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  • Jeni asked Sarah Sarnecki, General Dynamics NASSCO

    Added Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    I have a hard time paying attention to my teachers, at church, or reading books. Even things I'm interested in I find it hard to pay attention to. I want to become a mechanical engineer for a car company like BMW, MINI Cooper, or Rolls Royce. Do you have any ideas/tips that could help me work on my focus?

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  • Jessica Stephens asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Added Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    I'm 39 and pursing my dream since I was a little girl of becoming an AE. I'll finish the program in 2 yrs (i have previous BSN), and worried about getting hired as an older applicant out of school.

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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Hi, first congratulations on pursing your dream of becoming an engineer at this point in your life! As a NASA materials researcher, I am not knowledgeable about hiring. And, I assume the answer would vary depending on the organization (NASA vs. ...

  • Joanna

    Added Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    I am a 5th Grade student and making a project for school about petroleum engineers. I am doing GREAT, but the only problem is that we need to dress up as one. I did my research but still don't know what to wear. I will be so very grateful for even the little details. Thank you!

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    Answered Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 2:48 PM
    Hi Joanna,
    Petroleum engineers, like most engineers, dress differently based on what they will be doing for the day.  If they are in an office working on designs remotely, they will usually wear clothing that is appropriate for their office.  If they are ...
  • Hector J Gonzalez asked Maria Marenco, Robert Bosch

    Added Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    What kind of mechanical engineering companies hire inexperienced, fresh out of college engineers?

    My fianc??e graduated with a 3.0 GPA as a Mechanical Engineer. However it wasn't easy for her and she got turned down from a lot of internships. Now that she graduated she has been trying to find a job with no luck. Every company that has a job offer with "Entry Level" requires experience and she never gets called at least for the interview. For those working engineers what do you ...

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  • Bethany M asked Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland

    Added Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Hi! I currently teach 5th grade science (and LOVE it) and just recently went to an awe-inspiring NOAA convention. I've been since thinking about doing something where I can work towards solving climate change issues. However going back to college is a huge commitment and I don't know if I could handle the math/science. I graduated high school in a very small town that did not emphasize math or science and was told from my chem teacher that I should "stay away from the sciences". As an adult ...

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  • Osama Saif asked Michelle Rosen, Harvard University

    Added Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:15 AM

    Hi ??? I???m a high school student. I???m very interested in aerospace engineering, but little job opportunities kind of make me worried. My question consists of 2 phases:

    1. Can an aerospace eng. land mechanical eng. jobs?
    2. I have read about a lot of people who majored in mechanical then mastered in aerospace. But is it possible vice versa? Like, can I major in Aerospace and then master in mechanical/software/mechatronics? (Given that advanced aerospace eng. learn about ...
    Answers 0
  • Michaela Tillerson asked Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Added Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Hi! I'm interested in going into environmental engineering, and I was wondering if you think the field is headed towards needing a masters degree, or if a bachelors degree is sufficient.

    I'm getting ready to head into my senior year of high school and I'm very excited to go to college, but I really hate school and if I could get a job with a B.S. instead of a masters, that would be amazing.


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  • Added Monday, April 8, 2019 at 9:17 AM


    I have a math teacher that I really don’t understand and I’m not doing as well in his class. I’ve always been pretty good at math, and I was thinking about majoring in engineering when I get to college. He said maybe engineering isn’t for me because I’m having trouble with the class. I never thought I was a bad student before. Is my teacher ...

    Answers 22
    Urbashi Mitra, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
    Answered Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Dear You-Can-Do-Math-too,

    Mathematics, like many acquired skills, requires practice. This is true of mastering cartwheels, baking, woodworking, painting – I could go on. This is also true for reading and for language in general, the more exposure we ...

    Priscilla Bennett, Spire / Laclede Gas Company
    Answered Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    The opinion of one person does not/should not define us. Please do not take this person’s teaching style or opinion as a reflection of what you are capable of accomplishing. Study groups, online learning, a tutor, library resources, a classmate, someone ...

    Alicia Bailey, Sain Associates
    Answered Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Doing poorly in one math class should not determine your entire future nor should it deter you from considering engineering. It could be an isolated issue that is causing you difficulty. My advice would be to find a tutor or a friend who is understanding ...

  • Samantha D asked Jenni Glauser, Pratt & Whitney

    Added Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    I'm a freshman in college and right now I'm the only girl on the Formula SAE Racing team. Sometimes I feel like I'm brushed off by the guys. I am a perfectionist and tend to be hard on myself. While I am working on this, I still feel like I am only given the more simple jobs compared to guys that have been there shorter than I. They include me when they go out for food, but I wonder if they only do it reluctantly since I am always the last person to be asked, if I am asked. I've had to ...

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  • Shravya asked Madeleine Hirsch, BIG RED DOG Engineering, a Division of WGI

    Added Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    The bar is high for me. I'm expected to get a full scholarship in a good college and have amazing grades all throughout high school. What are some steps that I can take now that'll help me get there?

    I'm 12 years old now, by the way, and am in 7th grade. I have all As for all semesters in 6th and 7th grade. I'm ok at math and science. I'm also definitely interested in engineering, but I'm not sure which exact branch I should focus more on. Is that ok?

    Answers 0
  • Petro Ngema asked Christina Castillo, Fox and Associates, Inc.

    Added Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 3:06 AM

    Answers 1
    Christina Castillo, Fox and Associates, Inc.
    Answered Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:12 AM
    Thank you for your question! I am glad that you want to be and engineer! I am not sure how old you are but I would recommend that through highschool you work to take as many engineering classes that you can to determine exactly the type of ...
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