Engineering & Technology

“If you derive satisfaction out of improving processes, that’s what engineering is all about.” —Steve Olson, Nexen Group

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What do engineers & technologists do?

Understand technological processes, materials and techniques and their impact on people, organizations and culture. Apply scientific knowledge and mathematics to solve technical, societal and commercial problems.

Design materials, products, structures and systems while factoring in practicality, regulation, safety and cost. Generate computer-based models, improve current processes and manage projects. Be involved in operations, including mechanical design, model building, project management, quality, technical sales and systems analysis.

Upsides & Downsides: Facts you should know

People in Workforce

High demand

Companies are seeking trained engineers and technologists.


High pressure

Jobs can be demanding and deadlines often intense.


High satisfaction

Careers can be personally and economically rewarding.


A good living

Engineers and technologists in Minnesota make a median wage of $71,000 a year.

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High placement

73% of engineering/technology students are hired within 6 months of graduation.

Graduation Cap

A popular field

1,148 students graduate each year with degrees in engineering/technology in Minnesota.

  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Technology manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Project manager
  • Engineering manager

4+ years post high school (engineer)

2+ years post high school (technologist)

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College programs in engineering & technology


Research and information taken from Career OneStop, Career Manufacturing, CAREERWise Education (formerly iSeek), Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Workforce Assessment Initiative, National Association of Manufacturers, O*NET, The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. Department of Labor and Wanted Analytics. Information is subject to change without notice.

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