Engineers are creators, designers, innovators, and problem solvers. They help to provide a more technologically advanced, cleaner, and safer world.
Engineers play a role in the production and development of almost everything we use in our daily lives. In fact, everything you’re using to read the text on this webpage is because an engineer designed something, from the power source to the chemicals and materials used to build the computer to the software and technology used to display this interface.
But the impact of engineering extends beyond your device. Engineers design and build the propulsion systems that launch space crafts into orbit, the bridges and roads we drive on, and the transportation systems that make them work. They develop new alternative fuels and batteries to harness energy such as wind turbines and photovoltaic solar cells.
Engineers design tools to fight cancer, help the blind to see, and protect the world from nuclear threats.
Professional engineers are currently in great demand around the world. Career opportunities for graduating students are excellent, and salaries for entry-level positions are currently far above many other fields.
UT is regarded as a “target university” by many world-renowned corporations and institutions for hiring new engineers. Many of our graduates have risen to top positions in industry, government, and academia. An engineering degree from UT offers an excellent foundation for a successful career.
Our Students Are Well Connected
Our special partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located just 30 minutes from the UT campus, allows students to learn from and conduct research with some of the world’s leading researchers, scientists, and engineers.
We continue to expand co-op and internship opportunities with hundreds of partnering companies that offer students paid, practical experiences that add to their academic coursework. Our data shows that students who complete a co-op significantly increase their career prospects and salary offers upon graduation, often with the same company they worked for during their co-op.
The recently launched Integrated Business and Engineering Program aims to develop professionals who have a systems approach to decision making and can understand how their decisions affect organizations as a whole. The program is a partnership between our college and the Haslam College of Business.