The sheer amount of work an engineering degree student has to put in compared to most degree courses requires a a strong commitment and serious work ethic. In most cases engineering students will have less free time due to study commitments and this can be difficult especially for a first year student to adjust themselves to.
The truth is like most aspects of education if you don’t find the subject of your studies at least partially interesting you may struggle to find the motivation to see it through and succeed. This is especially true when it comes to employment where more demands will be placed upon you and you may find yourself starting at the very bottom of the ladder performing menial tasks. It’s a fact that there are modules of any engineering degree that will be spectacularly boring while others will be stimulating and whet your appetite for your chosen career path. Being at least a little passionate about your direction will help you ride out the more difficult periods much more easily, especially when fellow students appear to have less work load.
Which Students do better than others and why?
Most engineering degrees are of a similar nature for the first year as the fundamentals of engineering (those same fundamentals which will become core components of future study and career) are taught. After the first year the course content becomes much more specialized with a tighter focus on the discipline of engineering the student will major in.
It’s a fact that students with a strong foundation in mathematics will find the study requirements less demanding and the concepts involves more easy to comprehend. While it’s generally accepted that mathematics makes up a large part of engineering it should also be noted that an ability to problem solve and seek innovative solutions is also imperative, likewise the ability to communicate something complicated in a simple and concise way will also take you far.
The Easiest Engineering Degrees
Many people argue that although still considered extremely challenging Civil Engineering is the easiest engineering degree to obtain, but that’s only part of the story. Those same people may also consider it to be one of the most difficult career choices however as the demands and levels of responsibility can far exceed other occupations.
For instance a Civil Engineer may be responsible for projects with much larger budgets and time constraints (e.g. the building industry) where pressure and a high level of urgency are accepted as part of the job. Consider that the majority of major building contractors operate on margins as small as 1%.
While this still equates to considerable profits due to the vast sums of money involved in large construction projects such as high rise residential building and large scale commercial projects. If a job goes badly and runs behind schedule this can create enormous pressure and financial loss for the builder who often employs the civil engineer and works closely with them often to try to get the job back on track.
Industrial engineering is another engineering discipline that would be considered less demanding than for example chemical engineering which is largely considered the most challenging academically.
There is also a General Degree of Engineering which is based more on the principles of engineering without specializing in any one specific direction. It is considered an introduction to engineering and due to this fact the work required to complete is not directly comparable making it one of the easiest engineering degrees.