What is Engineering?
Engineers use their imagination and analytical skills to invent, design, and build things that matter. They are team players with independent minds who ask, "How can we develop a better recycling system to protect the environment, design a school that can withstand an earthquake, or create cutting-edge special effects for the movies?" By dreaming up creative and practical solutions, engineers are changing the world all the time.
Some of the Fields of Engineering
Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Computer, Chemical, Aerospace, Environmental, Transportation, Biomedical, Materials, Nuclear, Petroleum, Forest, Ocean, Water Resources, and Bioengineering.
Most branches of engineering offer a wide variety of well-paying, interesting employment opportunities throughout the world. Some jobs emphasize outdoor field work, such as construction site activity or ocean floor or aerospace exploration and research. Other jobs might focus on the design of ordinary objects for daily use or on medical technology. Many positions utilize computers for analysis and problem-solving. Often, engineers move into responsible management positions or consulting work after several years. For specific salary information, contact Lane's Career and Employment Services office, or search the internet using "engineering salaries."
Why Study Engineering?
Do you want to invent things? Solve problems? Improve the world? Successful completion of an engineering major guarantees you a solid background in mathematics and the physical sciences, as well as exposure to the social sciences and liberal arts.
The Lane experience of pursuing an engineering degree is exciting and interesting, and provides tremendous flexibility in choosing a career direction. Sometimes an engineer or engineering student becomes interested in another area of work or study, such as medicine, law, education, or business management. The analytical and problem-solving skills developed while pursuing an engineering degree transfer well to these and other disciplines.
Why start your engineering education at Lane?
Since 1980, students from Lane have transferred to universities throughout the United States to complete their engineering education. Many have gone on to earn advanced degrees in graduate school. Former students have achieved academic and professional success and are now working as professionals throughout Oregon and the nation.
What Former Lane Students Say About the Program
"The education I received at Lane provided excellent preparation for upper division engineering courses. I would do it again and encourage other potential engineers to follow a similar path." —Nathan Mead, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah; M.S., B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University; and now Professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology
"The quality of Lane's courses is the same as what I experienced in my graduate level classes at Berkeley." —Brad Larsen, M.S. Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University
Advantages of Lane's Engineering Program
- Students in our program usually transfer directly into junior year (upper division) professional programs at a university of their choice.
- Lane offers quality, university-level instruction at tuition rates lower than those of university programs.
- Lane has small classes (usually fewer than 30 students).
- The student population in the program is diverse in age, experience, and cultural background. This provides a rich learning environment.
- The program has faculty with professional engineering backgrounds and years of college teaching experience. All faculty have graduate degrees and are available, helpful instructors.
- New facilities: a new mathematics and science building provides state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
- We have close working relationships with engineering professional programs at universities in Oregon.
- The mission of the engineering transfer program is to prepare students for their transition to a four-year university. Lane has a proven record of success.
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Last updated January 9, 2018