The School of Engineering offers a BS in Aerospace, Architectural, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering, and in Computer Science and Engineering Physics. Engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Their work is the link between perceived social needs and commercial applications. A KU Engineering education helps students understand technical principles and the background behind them and prepares them for the changes ahead.
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Chemical: Includes the application of the principles of chemistry to solve problems involving the production or use of chemicals as well as to develop and manufacture a wide range of products, including fuels, fertilizers, synthetic fibers, and plastics.
Petroleum: Involves the discovery, drilling, recovery, production, and distribution of petroleum and natural gas. Can also include designing equipment and recovery processes of oil and gas.
Civil: Includes the planning, design and construction of society's physical infrastructure that directly impact the health and safety of the public, including roads, bridges, water purification and distribution systems, dams and buildings.
Electrical/Computer: Involves researching, designing, developing, testing, manufacturing and installing a broad range of electronic and/or computational devices and systems.
Mechanical: Involves using the principles of mechanics and energy to conduct research and ultimately design, develop and manufacture tools and machines and other mechanical devices and systems.
Further Explore Careers in Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering Professional Associations - provides links to professional organizations in Aerospace Engineering (from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)
- Petroleum Engineering Professional Associations - provides links to professional organizations in Petroleum Engineering (from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)
- Environmental Engineering Professional Associations - provides provides links to professional organizations in Environmental Engineering (from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)
- Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturers
- Automotive Manufacturers
- Chemical Manufacturing Companies
- Commercial and Freight Airline Companies
- Commercial Space Operations
- Consumer Electronics Companies
- Design/Consulting Firms
- Defense Firms
- Engineering/Construction/Architectural Firms
- Environmental Consulting Companies
- Federal Government Agencies, including: Department of Defense or Energy, NASA, Environmental Protection Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, US Geological Survey
- Manufacturing Companies
- Microchip Producers
- National Research Laboratories/Institutes
- Oil and Gas Companies
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Research and Development Laboratories
- Software Companies
- Solar Energy Companies
- State and Local Government
- Utility/Power Companies
- Aerospace Technologist/Engineer
- Biomedical Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Computer Engineer
- Control Systems Engineer
- Construction Engineer/Manager
- Design and/or Development Engineer
- Electrical Systems Engineer
- Food Engineer
- Geotechnical Engineer
- Hardware Development Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Network Implementation Manager
- Petroleum Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Public Utility Consultant
- Research Engineer
- Site Operations Manager
- Software Development Manager
- Software Programmer
- Software Systems Engineer
- Software Test Engineer
- Quality Assurance Director
- Water Resources Engineer
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Become familiar with the required professional qualifications (i.e., licensure and/or certifications, advanced degrees, etc.) for occupations you are considering.
- Students in Civil and Architectural Engineering are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination before graduation and are strongly encouraged to become registered Professional Engineers, which involves completing the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering examinations and obtaining four years of satisfactory engineering experience after completing your BS degree.
- Consider joining professional associations related to your area of interest within engineering and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Become knowledgeable of the federal government job application process if you are interested in pursuing employment with a federal government agency.
- Due to rapid changes and advancements in all engineering fields, continuing education will be important throughout your career.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as those for students in: Aerospace Engineering, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Additional Engineering Student Organizations.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
- Develop effective teamwork as well as strong verbal and written communication skills
Links to Job & Internship Listings
- Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Job Board - provides job listings in the aerospace and electronics fields
- Aerospace Engineering Employers - provides an extensive list of links to employers in the aerospace engineering field (from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)
- Aerospace Internships and Co-ops - contains links to popular industrial internship and co-op opportunities provided by the KU Aerospace Engineering Department
- American Astronautical Society Career Center - contains several career-related resources, including summer opportunities, career workshops and articles. AAS also offers a Job Register containing job postings.
- NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program - offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research support facilities.
- National Air and Space Museum - contains job, internship, and volunteer opportunities
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers Job Board - contains job and internship listings, career resources as well as networking opportunities
- Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Job Board - provides current listing of jobs and internships throughout the industry (powered by AfterCollege.com)
- Chemical Engineering Employers - contains an extensive directory of chemical engineering employers (pdf document from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)
- Petroleum Engineering Employers - provides an extensive listing of petroleum engineering employers, including federal government agencies (from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)
Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
- American Society of Civil Engineers Career Connection - contains job postings, career and job search resources, and salary surveys for professionals in civil engineering
- Architectural Engineering Professional Associations - provides links to professional organizations in Architectural Engineering (from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)
- Civil Engineering Career Overview - provides career information and resources for Civil Engineering (from Sloan Career Cornerstone Center)