Have you always been interested in machines and mechanisms, computers and electrical circuitry or understanding and building the various technologies that surround us every day? Majoring in Engineering at York will help you take the first crucial step in preparing you for a career centered in the scientific world where jobs can be incredibly diverse and range from designing video games to working on technology used in space.

Career Options in Engineering

This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Engineering degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Engineering studies than others.

  • Acoustics Engineer
  • Airplane Pilot
  • Automotive Designer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Physicist
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Network Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Construction Consultant
  • Customs Inspector
  • Database Developer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Technician
  • Fabric/Textile Developer
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Game/Toy Developer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Hazardous Materials Manager
  • Health and Safety Inspector
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Designer
  • Inventor
  • IT Specialist
  • Light and Optics Specialist
  • Materials Researcher
  • Materials Tester
  • Metallurgist
  • Meteorological Technician
  • Mining Consultant
  • Optical Technician
  • Pollution Analyst
  • Quality Controller
  • Radiologist
  • Research & Development Worker
  • Researcher
  • Safety Engineer
  • Seismologist
  • Software Engineer
  • Soil Tester
  • Teacher
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Technical Writer
  • Telecommunication Engineer
  • Water Quality Inspector

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Engineering Degree

Studies in Engineering can develop many different professional abilities and can introduce you to a vast body of technical, mathematical and theoretical knowledge.

Core Engineering Skills

  • The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work, be it individual or in the context of group work in any professional environment
  • The ability to formulate and test hypotheses
  • The ability to comprehend complex technical and scientific material and its implications on everyday life and technology

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • An ability to organize, understand and analyze new sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project's intended and successful end result
  • Logical thinking skills and the ability to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal
    and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.