Power and Energy Engineers Make a World of Difference
Electrical power and energy engineers make a big difference in the world of energy by working to assure that electric energy is generated and delivered reliably and efficiently while advancing environmental quality improvements. They help customers use electric energy to meet their needs economically. Electrical power and energy engineers are also driving the technologies of the future. For example, electrical power and energy engineers will make it possible for the greater use of wind, solar, and other new generating technologies.
Becoming a power and energy engineer is an exciting journey, full of opportunities to contribute to society. Of course, there will be challenges, but providing critical power and energy infrastructure and vital services to your community will make your success even more fulfilling. Here are some things students can do to prepare for an engineering career:
Junior High School Students
Prepare yourself for the adventure of high school academics by strengthening your math and science skills. They're important tools for engineers. To help put math and science in perspective, seek out an engineering club or start one with some friends. Have you checked out FIRST robotics or the Destination Imagination contest? Have you participated in the Future City Competition? There are many opportunities to apply your creativity and your academic skills to interesting engineering problems.
High School Students
A little extra work will pay off when it comes time to apply to college. Take a math sequence that leads to pre-calculus in your senior year, at a minimum. It's even better if you can include calculus. Take a science sequence that includes advanced chemistry and physics. If you have the opportunity, take a computer programming or engineering courses. Join a robotics club or start one with some friends! Visit colleges to learn more about engineering programs. You'll find the power and energy specializations within electrical engineering departments.
Most schools offer an Introduction to Engineering course that helps you think about the big picture of engineering: concepts like economic and technical tradeoffs, designing under constraint, societal implications of technology and professional engineering ethics. Since engineers combine their creativity and their technical skills to solve society's toughest challenges, as an engineering student, you'll have a chance to learn both the art and science of design as you turn ideas into reality.
Resources for Teachers & Parents
There are a number of resources available to teachers to help expose students to power and energy engineering. Here are some of our favorites:
- TryEngineering.org — Lesson plans, games, educator resources, career counselor resources, outreach
- IEEE.org Educational Resources — Lesson plans, IEEE outreach volunteer training programs, community service programs, brochures, educator resources, outreach
- Engineering, Go For It - Lesson plans, engineering newsletter, educator resources, outreach
- IEEE eMeritBadges.org - Pre-University Educational Resources — Lesson plans
- IEEE PES Interactive Lessons and Applets — Interactive modules illustrating power use and the power grid
- Junior Engineering Technical Society — National engineering competition for pre-university students
- Get Into Energy — Career counselor resources and outreach resources
- Discover Engineering — Listing of international engineering competition and outreach events