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So, You Want to Be an Engineer at Shell?
Is an engineering career for you? If you’ve ever taken something apart just to see how it works, or if you wonder how new innovations are invented, if you think about how something can be improved, and if you want a career where jobs are in high demand, then the answer could be “yes!”
Engineers work in every aspect of energy. Engineering schools look for students with four years of high school math, and a good background in science, such as chemistry and physics. In addition:
- High school students interested in petroleum engineering should add Earth science, pre-calculus, and chemistry to their class schedule.
- Those who strive for a career in chemical engineering should have a concentration in chemistry, as well as classes in physics and pre-calculus.
- For mechanical engineers, physics, calculus, computing, and computer programming classes are valuable. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is a great addition at the high school level if it’s offered.
There are plenty of other ways to develop your interest and skills in engineering while you are in high school. For example, consider entering one of the many science competitions available. You can join organizations such as JETS – the Junior Engineering Technical Society (www.Jets.org), and even visit the engineering department at a local college.