As perennial as it is, it is also true that engineering is dynamic – one that saw the rise and fall, addition and reduction of many courses over the years. When engineering as a profession was in its nascent stages, there were few courses to pick from – mainly the core subjects – but today the field has diversified to many engineering courses around the world.
With the overwhelming choices in this field, students could not help the confusion about choosing the right one for them.
XLT affords readers a glimpse in the trends of engineering courses.
The Melding of Science and Technology
Not just in engineering, but also in every other discipline today, the buzzword is interdisciplinary. This means that in the future, instead of opting for either science or technology, students apply for engineering courses that combines both in one discipline.
One such course already increasing in popularity is biomedical engineering. This requires a deep study of medical science and the technological processes involved in it to innovate services that can have immense practical applications.
Indeed, this coming together currently also extends to the amalgamation of different engineering fields. This mixture gave rise to a new field called mechatronics. In this course, students will study about all engineering disciplines and put all their knowledge together to create smarter machines.
Will IT Still Be There?
Up until now, IT-related engineering fields held the sway, as they offer the best salary packages. The trend forecasts, though, that:
- IT will enter into all engineering disciplines.
- This, in turn, will encourage students to take up core engineering fields.
- Consequently, it will push them to take up upcoming disciplines such as aerospace, environmental, medical electronics, and the like as well.
Engineering constantly evolves as mankind pushes the envelope further in technological progress. What is pedestrian now was unthinkable and impossible in ages past, and most of these innovations engineers spearheaded. This only means that the study of such fields must adapt, as well.