Common myths and misconceptions about engineering

Mar 4 2017, 3:58 am

The objects you touch and interact with every day have something in common: the electricity needed to charge your cell phone, the bridge you drive over to get to work, and the dinner you made using your instant pot would not exist without the work of an engineer.

However, engineering is not often seen as a “sexy” career path. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about engineers:

There are no girls in engineering

More women are joining engineering in Canada in all fields including mechanical, civil, electrical, and more. Engineers Canada has a goal of increasing the percentage of newly licensed female engineers to 30% by 2030.

Engineers sit at a computer all day

Engineers are often required to get out in the field to monitor the progress of projects and ensure that their designs are being carried out as planned. For example, a mechanical engineer might need to make a site visit to make sure that appropriate openings are made for HVAC ducts to be installed.

Engineers are not creative

Engineers are required to be creative and innovative to address challenges for projects they are working on. Because the scope and range of projects are vast, engineers find themselves being kept on the tips of their toes and troubleshooting in a variety of different environments.

Could engineering be the potential career path for you?

Multiple areas of engineering including civil, mechanical, electrical, mining and natural resources, along with building science are offered at BCIT.

“The engineering degrees offered at BCIT are nationally accredited and provide the practical and theoretical elements of education,” says Forrest Tittle, Dean of BCIT School of Energy.

“Engineering can be a creative and diverse field of study for men and women looking for a rewarding career.”

For more information, visit BCIT Engineering.

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When: March 22
Where: 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Price: Free, register online

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