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This chapter explores the nature of engineering. As you read this chapter, you will discover: what engineers do; some of the skills needed to be an engineer; various types of engineering careers and specializations; the educational requirements to be an engineer; licensure of engineers; the impact engineering has had on society; and some possible scenarios for the future of engineering.

Chapter Learning Objectives

After working through this chapter, you should be able to

  • describe what engineers do,
  • describe the education and skills necessary for engineering,
  • describe the impact of engineering on society.

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