Overview of Engineering

Engineering is a branch of science and technology focused on designing machines, structures, and systems. There are many disciplines within the field.

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What's it like to be an electrical engineer?

Electronics engineers design and test electronic devices from portable music players to global positioning systems, and computer hardware. They oversee device production and may install and maintain it as well.

Get Career Ready for Engineering

Find out what it takes to land a career in Engineering

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Earn A Degree

Earn Degree

To work in the field of Engineering, it is recommended you have a strong in math, science, or technology. Check the Mason Catalog for degree requirements.




Along with your degree, professional certifications like these may increase your employment options:

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Gain Experiences

Gain Experiences

Employers expect at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions. Gain experience while you are a student at Mason.


Here are the types of experiences most valued by Engineering employers, and where to find them:



  • Faculty-sponsored research projects: Ask your professors about research projects.
  • Capstone courses/Design projects: Consult your academic advisor about capstones in your department.
  • Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP): Get academic credit and financial support for research projects.
  • Freelance/Independent projects (Example: Upwork).
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Market Yourself

Market Yourself

It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom.


Below are top ways to showcase your qualifications to Engineering employers:


Online Portfolio

An engineering portfolio gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and experience in a visual format. It can include sketches, engineering projects, graphics, diagrams, AV clips, a modified resume, and/or writing samples. Here are a few websites where you can create a portfolio:

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Career Ready



Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for Engineering employers, such as:


Northrop Grumman



Dominion Energy



M.C. Dean

Capital One

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Join the Engineering community

Get involved with academic and professional societies to grow your network while you're still a student.