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National Engineers Week 2017

Maggie Kearns Francis

February 20, 2017

About DiscoverE and National Engineers Week

DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week Foundation) works with more than 100 organizations to foster interest and growth in engineering through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism. National Engineers Week was originally created to engage K-12 students with engineering material after a government study found a future shortage of skilled engineers. Today, DiscoverE works throughout the year to engage both children and adults with engineering. Over the years, DiscoverE has founded additional programs such as the Future City Competition, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, New Faces of Engineering, and many more!


National Engineers Week is being held February 19-25 this year. This week is all about exposing students to the wonders of the engineering world, understanding what exactly it is that engineers do, and what type of engineering would best suite their interests! Below we have compiled some of our favorite activities and engineer information for you!

Engineering is Fun!

Engineers get to spend their work days coming up with creative solutions to solve problems, invent, and create things that are changing the world around us. They get to travel, work with teams of very intelligent people, and their projects are always changing so the work never gets boring! Check out this article to see some awesome jobs that require engineering degrees including a NASA Curiosity Driver, EA Sports Environment Scanner, ESPN Statistician, Spotify Engineer, and many more!

What Type of Engineer Are You?

There is a place in engineering that can suite everyone’s skill set! Working in fields like aerospace, agriculture, environment, petroleum, civil, biomedical, electrical and so many more, there are many opportunities to meet your interests! Here are some types of engineers at ms consultants:


Environmental Engineers, who have significant interests in stopping pollution and protecting earth’s natural resources. They work on projects from stream restoration to environmental documentation.


Site/Civil Engineers, who construct, design, and upgrade the roadways, bridges, and buildings we use every day.   


Traffic Engineerswho develop safe and efficient roadways for the safety and convenience of drivers and pedestrians.


Rail Engineers, who design, construct, and operate railway systems.


M/E/P Engineers, who apply principles of physics and material sciences to the design and creation of mechanical systems. They work on projects such as building and reservoir designs.


Engineering is a vast industry and it can be hard to pinpoint exactly where your skills and interests would be best suited. We found this quiz that evaluates your likes/dislikes and personality to point you towards a field that would most interest you!

Engineer Activities!

There are so many fun competitions and activities which utilize engineering information and tactics. For the little civil engineers in your life, they will love these paper structure competitions, building everything from bridges and boats to towers! Anyone who has an interest in environmental engineering is sure to love the challenge of creating a beverage can holder that won’t harm wildlife but is still sturdy and easy to carry. See a complete list of activities for all types of engineering here.


For anyone who can’t get enough of science, engineering, and tinkering check out UL XPLORLABS for tutorials and interactive lessons aimed at middle school aged students!

Take a Trip to the Movies!

In celebration of Engineers Week the American Society of Civil Engineers partnered with DiscoverE to create a spectacular film! Created for the complete IMAX experience, Dream Big, explores some of the most amazing engineering projects as well as how fundamental engineering is to maintaining and creating better lives for people across the globe. Click here to see if Dream Big is coming to a theater near you!


Look for a post in the next couple of weeks recapping all of the ways ms celebrated Engineer Week!


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