It's very difficult to think of any product more complex than a fork that is the result of only one branch of engineering. A washing machine, for instance, contains electrical, electronic, and mechanical components, while industrial engineers decided how they should all be put together most effectively, and chemical and materials engineers were responsible for all the kinds of stuff it's made of.
It's therefore good to know a little about several technical disciplines. Similarly, while the world needs engineers with a thorough knowledge of mathematics and sciences, this certainly isn't necessary for every job.
This is where a degree in general engineering and technology comes in. Though it includes a number of modules on math, physics, and similar subjects, the emphasis is on practical lab work and real-world systems. In both Europe and the U.S, universities and colleges offering this degree frequently partner with local industries so that students can gain experience with the same kinds of machines they'll encounter professionally.
Students can typically focus on areas that interest them, such as:
- Electronic control systems
- Automotive technologies
- Power transmission
- Computer-aided design and drafting
Good general engineering and technology students tend to pay attention to details while also being able to see the wider picture. They are very hands-on in their approach and excel at solving problems.