Engineering Professor

Teach university students about engineering.

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Salary Range
$46,000 – $154,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Engineering Professors do?

“Engineering” is a wide-ranging term that describes professionals who use math and science knowledge to solve practical problems. With goals ranging from designing bridges to solving glitches on the production line, engineering students are moving into the workforce in record numbers. But before they can design a new type of airplane or solve the parking problem at the city park, they must first glean knowledge from you, an Engineering Professor.

As an Engineering Professor, you are skilled in the field of engineering and teaching. You share your skills with the next generation of Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Marine Engineers, Process Engineers, Materials Engineers, Production Engineers, Robotics Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Environmental Engineers. Engineering Professors typically concentrate on their particular area of expertise. Courses commonly include math and science as they develop their students’ problem-solving skills.

As an Engineering Professor, you work at a college or university, and might teach any level of classes, from introductory through graduate. You’re a Supervisor and mentor to undergraduate as well as graduate students working on their theses. In the classroom, you formulate a syllabus and lesson plans; lecture on pertinent topics; assign and grade presentations, reports, and homework; and promote discussions.

In addition to time in the classroom, you make yourself available during office hours to answer questions and help students create an academic plan. You might also focus on research, using the campus’s facilities. You supervise graduate students as your Research Assistants, and work to get research results published.


Should I be an Engineering Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • Also known as: Associate Professor of Engineering, Building Construction Professor, Ceramic Engineering Professor See More

    How to become an Engineering Professor

    Most Engineering Professors have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaabp9&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%282%25%29|master%27s+%2820%25%29|doctorate+%2878%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,78
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