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Engineers are problem solvers by nature and come up with efficient and economical solutions to big problems. Engineering has always pushed the limit of what’s possible and modern engineers have blurred the line between reality and fiction. However, is it the best career path for you? Read our insights to find out.
Engineers, as practitioners of engineering, are people who design, build or maintain machines. There are various types of engineers working in their expertise. Whatever technology we see around us is the art of engineers. They are changing the world to a whole new level through their creativity. The job of an engineer itself is a creative job as it requires him to come up with creative and ingenious ways to solve complex problems. It is an ever-changing career with continuous advances and innovation.
Following are the job description for an engineer:
- Should be able to solve technical issues efficiently
- Ability to create new products/projects
- Should be able to maintain and improve machinery
- Ability come up with creative approaches to solve complex problems
- Should be able to apply engineering principles in everything they do
A candidate who wants to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer must prefer Pre-Engineering at college level (FSC) or should pursue science subjects in O/A levels. Students who choose ICS in FSC can also apply for all disciplines of engineering except Chemical Engineering. After completing high school, students need to prepare and score high marks in ECAT (Engineering College Admission Test) or relevant entry test of the university. All standardised tests and entry test for engineering universities are objective based and limited time is provided to solve it. Merit lists of these entry tests according to the marks of the students are then listed on their respective websites. Applicants then decides their preferred engineering field according to their obtained merit number.
There are various engineering institutes in Pakistan which are contributing to society by helping students pursue engineering in their higher education. Top ranking engineering universities in Pakistan are:
- National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad
- Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad
- UET (University of Engineering and Technology), Lahore
- Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI), Topi
- Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad
- Abdul Qadeer Khan
- Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
- Junaid Jamshed
- 60% or above marks in intermediate or A-Level for NUST, FAST, COMSATS, GIKI and other high ranking universities
- Mathematical skills – an engineer should have an excellent understanding of mathematical concepts and the ability to perform complex calculations
- Communication skills – an engineer should be good at communicating with people and their teams
- Creative and innovative – an engineer should be creative enough to think outside of the box and upgrade existing systems and innovate new ones
- Teamwork – an engineer should have the qualities of working in a team and be able to maintain a positive atmosphere
- Technical knowledge – an engineer should have an excellent technical understanding of products and the ability to improve their performance
Salary and Job Perks
Engineering is a high paying career path and also gives ample opportunities to travel and work abroad. The exact salary range depends on the engineering major you chose and your research contributions in that field.
Following are some of the perks that an engineer enjoys during his career:
- A supervisory certificate is given to the graduating students. This certificate is valid for 1 year only and ensures that the engineer will get an employment as a supervisor in the industry
- Discounts on selected brands
- More opportunities for an international career path
- The ability to use engineering principles to solve everyday problems
- Very high employment rate and opportunities for IT related fields
If you want to contribute to the society by solving problems and helping make the world a better place through innovation, then a career path in engineering is perfect for you. However, if your intention is to pursue engineering only to make money later on, our advice would be to not pursue this career path. Engineering can be a very hard field for those who aren’t particularly passionate about machines, mathematics and how things work. But if you do like all these things, then go ahead and change the world through engineering – one problem at a time!
- Growth Opportunities
With 4/5 stars, we rate engineering as a great career path for those who are passionate about it.
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