What is an Engineer?
So you like math, technology, and solving problems. You are interested in becoming an engineer. But what exactly is engineering?
Engineering embraces the wide range of cultural and technical subjects related to the planning, design and manufacture, or construction of objects necessary for civilization.
An engineer is an innovator, a builder, and a problem solver.
Engineers turn scientific knowledge into useful goods and services and are responsible to society for their engineering design decisions. They are concerned about people and ways to provide society with improved living standards.
As an engineer, you will apply principals from advanced mathematics and science to test and solve problems quantitatively. You may participate in the design and development of projects ranging from bridges to robotics. You may perform technical tasks involving measurement and preparation of maps; inspection of buildings and equipment for structural, mechanical or electrical problems; or create detailed drawings and work plans.
For more information on the various types of engineering, click on the links below.
Arctic Engineering deals with the challenges of design, construction, and operations in cold regions of the world. Climatic, geological and logistical conditions of Arctic and subarctic regions create unique problems that require appropriately designed solutions. Special considerations include extreme cold, snow and ice, drifting snow, limited winter daylight, permafrost, limited natural resources, and operating in remote locations. Arctic conditions also affect hydraulics, hydrology, and utility operations. Arctic Engineers must thoroughly understand heat transfer processes and the properties of frozen ground and water.
Development of petroleum and other natural resources has accentuated the demand for engineers who understand northern operations. Skilled engineers are needed both in private industries involved with development and within government agencies that plan and regulate development activity.
Civil engineering is the oldest branch of the profession of engineering, after military engineering. Many of the important things in our lives we take for granted are products of civil engineering. The construction of highways, buildings, power stations and many other facilities we use every day requires civil engineers. In fact, most structures, large and small, require a civil engineer in planning, designing and managing of the project.
At UAA, the Civil Engineering program has five areas of focus including: Water Resources Engineering (including Coastal Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, and Hydrologic Engineering), Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering, and Structural Engineering.
Degree Programs OfferedMinor in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BS-CE)
Master of Science in Civi Engineering (MS-CE)
Master of Civil Engineering (M-CE)
Graduate Certificate, Earthquake Engineering
Graduate Certificate, Coastal, Ocean, and Port Engineering
Computer Systems Engineering
Computer systems engineering is one of the newer disciplines that has its roots in both electrical engineering and computer science. Computer systems engineers are involved in all aspects of the computing industry. They design both computer hardware and software, including microprocessors, software applications, super computers, internet applications and video game consoles. Employment opportunities include companies such as computer software and hardware, telecommunications, electronics, consulting, healthcare, energy, national defense, robotics, and financial institutions.
The Computer Systems Engineering track focuses on applied computer theory and networking. Students take courses such as signals, systems, computer hardware design, assembly programming, and electronic device design.
Degree Programs OfferedBachelor of Arts in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Minor in Computer Science
Minor in Computer Systems Engineering
Electrical EngineeringElectrical engineering is considered the largest of all engineering disciplines and is found in almost every industry. Electrical engineers enjoy learning how things work, specifically as it pertains to electrical devices, electronics, and systems using electrical energy. They design circuits for new and better electronics. The work of electrical engineers is easily seen in our homes—cell phones, computers, microwaves; in businesses, biomedical devices, telecommunication infrastructures, control systems, robots, and in the early warning systems used by the federal government for national security.
The electrical engineering curriculum focuses on applied circuit design and theory. Courses include electrical signals and systems, circuit design, and communication systems.
Degree programs offeredBachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Minor in Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to protect or improve the environment (air, water, and/or land resources), to provide healthy water, air, and land for human habitation and for other organisms, and to remediate polluted sites. Environmental engineering essentially began in the late 19th Century with consideration of the need for healthy drinking water, and for management and disposal of liquid and solid wastes. Abatement of air and land contamination became the new challenges in the 20th Century for the environmental engineer, followed by concern for toxic and hazardous-waste concerns. Environmental engineers are instrumental in the protection of wildlife habitats, preservation of species through engineered works, and in the overall well-being of ecosystems that are increasingly by human activity. The principal environmental engineering specialties include: air-quality control, water supply, waste-water treatment and disposal, storm water management, solid waste and hazardous waste management. Other specialties, among others, include industrial hygiene, noise control, oceanography, risk assessment and radiology.
Environmental engineers are interested in protecting or restoring the quality of the natural environment. Environmental engineers understand the biological, chemical, and ecosystem processes taking place in the environment and try to engineer solutions to environmental problems taking these processes into account. Particular environmental technologies, e.g., secondary wastewater treatment, actually create ecosystems to assist with the treatment of waste.
Degree Programs Offered
Master of Science Applied Enviornmental Science & Technology (MS-AEST)
Master of Applied Environmental Science & Technology (M-AEST)
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Regulation and Permitting
Engineering and Science Management
The Engineering Management and Science Management curriculum is designed for graduate engineers and scientists who aspire to hold executive or managerial positions in technology-oriented organizations.
Engineering and Science Managers hold leadership positions in the area of energy resource, green engineering, service operations, financial engineering, innovation design, healthcare, construction, oil & gas, mining, intelligent transportation, healthcare, information technology, education, military and government sectors.
Degree Programs OfferedMaster of Science, Science Management
Master of Science, Engineering Management
A degree in Geomatics opens up many occupational possibilities to the graduate. Geomatics students look forward to careers in which they are able to balance working outdoors with work conducted indoors. Graduates find careers in architectural and construction fields, environmental science, urban planning, business and marketing, natural resource exploration, transportation industries, security and emergency planning, social science industries and criminal justice to name a few. A geomatics degree affords one opportunities worldwide including careers with travel and unique experiences.
Overall employment for geomaticians for years 2006 - 2016 is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. The Occupational Outlook Handbook says of the Geomatics industry, "As technology becomes more complex, opportunities will be best for surveyors, cartographers and photogrammetrists who have a bachelor of science and strong technology skills. Increasing demand for geographic data, as opposed to traditional surveying services, will mean better opportunities for cartographers and photogrammetrists who are involved in the development and use of geographic and land information systems."
Degrees Programs OfferedAssociate of Applied Sciences in Geomatics
Bachelor of Science in Geomatics
Mechanical engineering, the second largest engineering discipline and one of the oldest, applies the principles of mechanics and energy to the design of machines and devices. Every machine you see has at one point been designed, fabricated, tested, or maintained by a mechanical engineer. Mechanical engineers work in all areas of manufacturing industries, including research and development, management, maintenance, and production operations. They may become consultants in the research, design, and testing of new technologies.
Mechanical engineers generally focus on specialties, such as energy conversion or the design of mechanical systems. The design of a machine that coverts a gallon of gasoline into a safe and comfortable ride for its occupants is a good example of designing for both conversion of energy and mechanical systems.
The mechanical engineering curriculum centers on heat transfer and machine design. Courses include heat transfer, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning), and machine design.
Degree Programs OfferedBachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Mechanical Engineering
Geographical Information SystemsGeographic Information Systems (GIS) are automated systems used to capture, edit, store, manipulate, analyze, and display spatial data.
A graduate with courses or a minor in GIS can use his/her skills in a variety of different industries. Careers demanding the use of GIS are far reaching and ever expanding. The Occupational Outlook Handbook produced by the US Department of labor lists GIS as one of the 3 emerging industries with the highest demand of workers through 2016.
This link produced by Cartographic and Geographic Information Society is a great stating point to discover the world of opportunities available with GIS knowledge.
Degrees Programs OfferedMinor in GIS
Undergraduate Certificate in GIS
Project Management has quickly evolved into a must-have skill set for managers in all areas of business, industry, government and education. In today's competitive marketplace, educating employees in contemporary project management techniques is a fundamental for organizations interested in improving their productivity, effectiveness and the bottom-line.
The program is specifically tailored to meet the needs of today's working professional. Regular classes are held in the evenings, weekends and are available worldwide with interactive televideo conference capability. Students find that there is immediate application of the learning when they return to work the very next day. Professional PM training courses customized to fit the needs of the organization are also available, including Microsoft Project, Primavera, PMP Certificate Preparation Courses, and Technical Writing for Project Managers.
Degree Programs OfferedMaster of Science, Project Management
Computer ScienceComputer scientists design and develop software and information technologies. They are distinguished from other computing professionals by an emphasis on both theory and practice. If you think of any software program that you use, whether it is a video game, word processor, web application, or even the web browser you are using to read this website, then most likely it was created by a computer scientist. To design and create these software programs, computer scientists must be adept at logical thinking, precise reasoning, and creativity.