As American industries continue to place an emphasis on new technology, employment of engineers is expected to grow. Those who wish to study this field may benefit from enrolling in a school that offers interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience opportunities.
For example, students from Ohio Northern University have competed in the annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) "Backwoods Baja," race in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. In recent years, the school has finished among the top 20 teams. One group earned a second-place title, while the other finished 12th out of 25 entries.
The competition, which is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stout, consists of student-built and designed vehicles that are raced on a motocross-style track for two-hours. The contest was created to simulate real-world engineering challenges that a professional in the industry may face when launching a new project for the consumer market. Participants are responsible for the creation of their vehicles, as well as fundraising.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in science, technology, engineering and math occupations can earn an average of $64,650 per year.
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