skills do you need to be an engineer, geologist or geophysicist?
you enjoy science and math? These subjects are an essential
part of engineering, geology and geophysics. If you enjoy them,
chances are you would enjoy being an engineer, geologist or geophysicist.
you naturally curious? A problem solver? Do you like coming up with
new ideas and trying them out, or finding new ways of getting a
job done? Do you want to know why or how? Are you able to work and
share your ideas with others? Good communication skills are an important
tool in the work of an engineer, geologist or geophysicist.
geology and geophysics are interesting careers that give you the
satisfaction of finding, inventing or making things that benefit
people, the community and the environment.
do engineers, geologists and geophysicists do?
use their imagination, creativity and expertise to solve problems
and improve the world we live in. They take ideas and turn them
into reality. They are working on ways to make the world cleaner
and provide people with healthier and safer lives. Engineers design
things we use everyday - from cars to airplanes, computers to VCRs,
toys to toothbrushes, and artificial limbs to kitchen appliances.
In fact, engineering affects our lives every day often without us
even realizing it.
and geophysicists are earth scientists. They help us understand
our place in the history of the planet. They find and develop resources
like water, petroleum, natural gas and minerals which is important
because much of what we make, use or wear comes from mineral or
energy resources. Earth scientists investigate natural earth processes
and phenomena like the erosion of rocks caused by wind and rain,
earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. They study fossils, explore
space and investigate the ocean floor. Geologists and geophysicists
help solve modern problems such as waste disposal, water pollution,
and find safer water sources.
in engineering, geology and geophysics are innovative and exciting.
Men and women who are bright, educated and creative are needed for
these fields. Count yourself among those involved in challenging
boundaries and providing solutions for the future!
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate. Highly skilled, qualified
professionals are need to meet these advances now and in the future.
for new graduates range between $36,000 and $40,000. As engineers,
geologists and geophysicists gain experience, they become more valuable
Real Nitty Gritty
general, a degree in engineering, geology and geophysics requires
four years of university education.
require an advanced diploma (Chemistry 30, Physics 30, English
30, Math 30 and Math 31) for entrance to most universities.
vary slightly, so check with the appropriate university department
for information on student quotas and what average marks are
a professional, you have considerable control over what you do and
where you work. With a degree in engineering, geology or geophysics
your career possibilities are endless. Engineers, geologists and
geophysicists work in a variety of settings. You may find yourself
in a research lab, at an oil refinery, in a manufacturing plant
or a high tech facility. You could be on a construction site, a
ship, or a drilling platform in the ocean. You may be a field crew
member on a mountain top, in the jungle or on the northern tundra.
You may be surrounded by massive equipment at a plant site or have
little more than a rock hammer and a notebook in a remote region.
Or, you may find yourself in a corporate setting - in an office
or executive meeting room. Wherever you work, it is important to
enjoy what you are doing?
Program Is For You?
next section describes some of the jobs available to graduates of
engineering, geology and geophysics. It isn't necessary for you
to decide right away which area you would like to speialize in.
In most cases, you have until the second year of university to consider