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The Importance of Engineering in Georgia

April 4, 2014
A teacher explaining mechanical engineering to two students

Did you realize that the car you drive or the bus you ride to school was designed by an engineer? This skilled trade offers more than the typical 4-year college diploma with the potential to earn back your college tuition while still in school. The industry offers the opportunity for advancement and job security. Similar to many other trades, engineering businesses are searching for qualified workers due to a growing skilled labor gap in the state.

Athens Technical College students Josh Dyer and Joshua Sullivan decided to study engineering because of the endless opportunities in the industry.

"With my degree, I plan to work as an engineer technician until I get established and then go back to school because engineering is never ending," said Dyer. "Our society would not be where we are today without engineers. As times continue to progress, so will the engineering field. Engineering is always changing and that is one thing that draws me towards it."

As engineering students, both Dyer and Sullivan maintain full-time jobs while attending classes. Sullivan works as a mechanical engineering technician for Baldor. His program provides him with the opportunity to find a company he enjoys working for and the chance to climb the corporate ladder before even graduating.

"There are many benefits to working in a skilled trade," said Sullivan. "One that comes to mind first is job security; skilled workers are in high demand. So if you can learn a skill and be good at it, you will always be able to get a job."

Dyer and Sullivan said they always gravitated towards engineering because of the opportunity to utilize their problem solving skills while still working with their hands.

Go Build Georgia, an initiative tasked with spreading the word about opportunities in the skilled trades, provides resources and information to students looking to get involved with the industry. The Go Build Georgia website is a great tool that outlines different career paths, wage information and the training required for each trade.

One of the great aspects of the trade is the numerous paths within the skill itself. For example, civil engineering includes planning, designing and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities (such as the roads and bridges we drive on).

Our daily lives would lack the innovations and conveniences brought by all fields of engineering. This trade is a key to the foundation in which our society thrives.

About the Author

Sarah-Anne Voyles is the communications intern for the Georgia Department of Economic Development Workforce Division. She is a recent graduate from Hillsdale College and majored in History and Journalism.