Should you pursue an engineering career?

My brother is an engineer for a mechanical contracting company in Kaukauna. I know he loves his career, but do I have any idea about the work he does day-to-day?


Turns out I’m not the only one who understands engineering to be a great career field – yet is unaware of exactly what engineers and technicians do.

I met recently with Pam Mazur, NWTC associate dean, Engineering Technology, to talk about the College’s degree programs and the upcoming Engineering Open House, happening Thursday, February 20, on the Green Bay campus.

Pam Mazur, associate dean, Engineering Technology

“We know that people hear these words all the time. They hear – ‘engineering is a really good career,’” said Pam. “At the same time, they may wonder, ‘Well, what is it and what will I be doing? And what is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?’”

Pam also said there’s a common misconception that the engineering field is only for people who are good at math and science. While there is a place for people who excel at math and science and most NWTC programs use math and science principles, Pam wants to broaden people’s perceptions.

“Engineering is more about people wanting to solve problems, or fix things, or make things. All of that is involved in the engineering field,” she said.

“Many people want to be part of the solution – to make this a better world,” she added. “Engineers and engineering technicians do that. They’re making the world better. If that’s what you’re interested in, engineering might be a field for you.”

Curious about engineering-related careers and education?

Attend NWTC Engineering Open House on Thursday, February 20, at the Green Bay campus. Get all of the details including the list of degree programs to be featured during the event.

Want to learn more from Pam? Read more from our interview:

If individuals are interested in a future in engineering, why should they attend NWTC?
We work very closely with all our industries – the companies who are hiring our grads. We know what it is they are looking for and what skills they want in their entry-level employees. So we can help our students learn those skills. There’s a lot of focus in our programs on preparing to work. When someone is graduating from one of our programs, they’re prepared for a job, and there will be jobs out there for them.

Because of our close working relationship with industry, many students can work part-time in the field in which they’re studying while going to school – whether that’s an internship or part-time job.

Our students have a minimal financial investment and get an education that is going to springboard them into a career. By the time our students are graduating, they may have multiple job offers.

All our instructors are from industry, and they’ve done the jobs they are teaching. We have that relevant industry experience in the lab and in the classrooms.

Why attend Engineering Open House?
Nationwide, we hear about the shortage of people in engineering fields, which is true. But again, people don’t know what engineering is. They might think they know, but when they get into it, it’s not what they think. That’s disastrous. Or they have no idea what engineering is, but it sounds scary, so they don’t want to do it.

People who want answers to their questions should come to Engineering Open House. They will be able to talk to the academic side. Our program people will be there to talk about our degrees and what they’ll be learning if they go to school here.

We’re also having companies who employ our graduates. They employ people in engineering and engineering technology, so they’re going to be able to speak to: What is the job outlook? How much money am I going to make? What kind of work would I be doing? What would my day to be like? We’re trying to help people learn about the field.

Also, UW-Green Bay and MSOE will be there. If people want to learn about four-year options in engineering, they can come and learn about it. They can better understand what they would be doing as an engineer. For a lot of people, it’s finding the difference between options and what’s the niche for them.

Anyone in the community who wants to know more about engineering and engineering technology should come to the event: working adults who may want to change careers, high school students and their parents, and the general public.
Pamela Orem-Mazur - Dean, Associate

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Pamela Orem-Mazur - Dean, Associate