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Engineering

There are so many aspects to the field of engineering that it is difficult to address it in general terms. From electrical engineering to architectural engineering, there are seemingly infinite directions in which the professional can go. And though it may seem daunting in the beginning, it will quickly become apparent that all these options afford you the very real opportunity to customize your career in ways you may never have thought possible. Put simply, "Engineering is the application of scientific and technical knowledge to solve human problems. Engineers use imagination, judgment, and reasoning to apply science, technology, mathematics, and practical experience. The result is the design, production, and operation of useful objects or processes." Within this field of study and work, however, there are countless specialized fields, each one of which contributes greatly to the overall field itself.

Students planning to pursue a degree in engineering should be interested in mathematics and science. The first two years of an engineering degree require a number of advanced mathematics and science courses. Pearl River offers courses to fulfill two years towards a four-year degree in engineering. Recent statistics show that engineering students transferring to Mississippi State University from Pearl River perform at least as well as non-transfer students. The first engineering course for students at Pearl River is not taken until the spring semester of the second year.

Engineering Technology

Engineering technicians use the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance. Their work is more limited in scope and application-oriented than that of scientists and engineers. Many engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control, inspecting products and processes, conducting tests, or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development, or production.

More information on careers in engineering technology can be found at the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Southern Miss offers bachelor programs in engineering technology. Further information can be found at the USM website.