Exploring Careers in Engineering Reviews

Exploring Careers in Engineering: ISBN 978-1-6782-0332-0 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0333-7
Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2022

A short, clear, and very detailed introduction to various engineering careers.
Like other career-oriented titles from this publisher, Dougherty’s volume focuses on engineers’ own words, bringing their work to life. Three main engineering subfields get their own chapters: civil, mechanical, and chemical. The fourth, electrical engineering, is mentioned throughout the work, but in lieu of its own chapter, there are sections devoted to environmental, computer (software and hardware), and biomedical engineering. Marine, industrial, aerospace, nuclear, petroleum, communications, structural, transportation, thermal, and geotechnical subspecialities are also mentioned. Despite their varied jobs, readers learn that all engineers solve complex problems using applied math and science. Women in the field are prominently featured in references and quotations throughout the work; the stock photos show engineers of different races, and the names of highlighted individuals point to ethnic diversity. Racial and gender imbalances in STEM fields are not addressed, but an emphasis on barriers can inadvertently discourage some from pursuing these subjects. Information for each category covers typical workdays, worksites, required education, and skills (including software, interpersonal, creative, and communication), employers, salary, and personality traits, such as analytical and detail-oriented. Useful online resources follow each chapter. This is a concise work that presents a large amount of information without being overwhelming.
A helpful, relatable, accessible, and information-packed guide for students. (picture credits, source notes, interview with an engineer, jobs in engineering, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)