Engineering Job Titles and Descriptions

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Engineering is a broad work category that refers to jobs that use science and mathematics to solve a variety of problems. Engineers work in disciplines that include mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, and environmental engineering, among others.

Because engineering is such a broad field, there are many engineering job titles. Read below for an extensive list of engineering job titles, and a description of what the job involves. But before you get started, find out if engineering is the career that's right for you.

Engineer Educational Requirements

Most engineer positions required a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field of engineering related to the job. Engineer positions pay well, and many engineering jobs have a strong job outlook.

Engineering Job Titles and Position Descriptions

Below is a list of some of the most common engineering job titles, as well as a description of each. For more information about each job title, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Aerospace Engineer
Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missile systems. They also analyze, design, and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Biomedical Engineer
Biomedical engineers work in both the biological and medical sciences. They design, create and improve a number of solutions related to health care. These might include medical equipment like MRI machines, healthcare computer systems, or medical innovations like prosthetics and artificial organs.

Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineers work with physics, mathematics, and biology to solve problems related to a variety of substances. They design and implement systems that control how substances interact with one another. They create processes to improve products ranging from fuel to food to medications.

Civil Engineer
Civil engineers plan, design, build and maintain various structures. These might include roads, buildings, bridges, or systems for water or sewage treatment. They often spend time outdoors managing a construction site.

Electrical Engineer
Electrical engineers and electronics engineers design, develop and manage the manufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment. These include equipment such as GPS systems, lighting systems, robotics, remote-controlled systems, and more.

Environmental Engineer
Environmental engineers work in the biological, chemical, and environmental sciences to solve problems related to the environment. They might develop and implement systems related to waste disposal, water, and air pollution control, or public health. They typically work for the federal, state, or local government, or for a consulting service.

Industrial Engineer
Industrial engineers work to improve processes or systems. They strive to eliminate waste, including wasted time, money, materials, energy, or other resources. They might work for a manufacturing plant, or work as consultants.

Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical engineers study motion, energy, and force to develop various solutions for mechanical systems. They might develop and improve small systems like sensors, or larger systems like machine tools.

Software Engineer
Software engineers design and create software and hardware systems for computers. They utilize math, science, engineering, and design techniques, and often have to test and evaluate their own systems as well as software built by other people.

Engineering Technician
For all of the job titles listed above, there are also corresponding engineering technician jobs. Engineering technicians work under the supervision of an engineer. They might help draw up designs, implement a design, or improve systems. Generally, an engineering technician does not require as much education and experience as an engineer. They need at least an associate's degree.

Engineering Job Titles List

Below is an extensive list of engineering job titles, including those listed above.

A - D

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biological Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Boiler Engineer
  • Ceramics Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Compliance Engineer
  • Component Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Contract Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Cost Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Director of Engineering
  • Drafting Technician
  • Drilling Engineer

E - M

  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Field Engineer
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer (non-computer)
  • Engineering Aide
  • Engineering Clerk
  • Engineering Executive
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineering Secretary
  • Engineering Technician
  • Entry Level Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Compliance Engineer
  • Environmental Health Safety Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer
  • E/M Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Firmware Engineer
  • Frontend Engineer
  • Geological Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • High-Pressure Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • I&C Engineer
  • Junior Engineer
  • Lead Engineer
  • Licensing Engineer
  • Logistics Engineer

M - S

  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Manager of Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Mining Safety Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Performance Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Pipeline Engineer
  • Piping Engineer
  • Piping Stress Engineer
  • Planning Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Design/Development Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Project Controls Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Assistant
  • Proposal Engineering Coordinator
  • Protection Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Relay Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • RF Engineer
  • Rotating Equipment Engineer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • SCADA Engineer
  • Security Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Staff Engineer
  • Staking Engineer
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Substation Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

T - Z

  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Transmission Engineer
  • Transmission Planning Engineer
  • Turbine Engineer
  • User Interface (UI) Engineer
  • Validation Engineer
  • Vice President of Engineering
  • Welding Engineer