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February19–25

National Engineer's Week – February 19-25, 2023

National Engineer’s Week is celebrated from the third Sunday of February until the fourth Saturday of the same month. This year, it takes place from February 19 to 25. It’s a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate everything that they do for our society. Engineering is all around us, from the roads and bridges we travel on, to the cars and planes we use to ride around. Though often unseen, the cleverness of engineering makes our lives easier and safer in hundreds of different ways. Appreciate an engineer today or encourage an aspiring engineer around you to pursue their dreams!

History of National Engineer's Week

National Engineer’s week has strived to honor engineers for many years, and with good reason. The world would be a very different place if it weren’t for engineers’ extraordinary ability to think outside the box.

The National Society of Professional Engineers initiated Engineer’s Week in 1951 to highlight the important role engineers play in our society, and it has been celebrated every year since. The week was chosen to coincide with the birthday of former president George Washington. Why is that, you ask? Because of his surveying work, in particular, he’s hailed as the first engineer in the United States of America. A surveyor and military commander during the French and Indian Wars, Washington utilized his map-making and surveying skills to his advantage as a farmer and businessman long before he was elected president. Washington is also credited with the invention of the drill plow — the plow was equipped with a rotating barrel that was used to disperse seeds.

President Washington was also a staunch supporter of engineering and scientific advancement during his administration. Engineers from engineering colleges and various industries take advantage of the week to promote and demonstrate their projects and achievements. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) will be emphasized in collaboration with local schools to raise awareness of the value of pursuing an education in these fields.

National Engineer's Week timeline

1440
Printing Press

Johannes Gutenberg invents the printing press and revolutionizes the printing industry as printing becomes faster and cheaper.

1903
A Life Changing Flight

The Wright Brothers make the historical breakthrough of achieving the first successful powered flight.

1989—1990
World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web.

2003
Hybrid Electric Car

The production of the first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Renault Kangoo, takes place.

National Engineer's Week FAQs

Does engineering pay well?

Among all academic specialties, engineering graduates start with the highest salaries.

What classes can I take to become an engineer?

Calculus and physics are especially important building blocks in engineering education. Make sure to take as many math classes as you can and aim for trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus before graduation.

Where do engineers work?

It’s not uncommon for engineers to work in a variety of locations. Large enterprises employ many, while tiny businesses employ a few. Engineers can be found in industrial facilities, hospitals, research labs, building sites, and conventional company offices across the globe.

National Engineer's Week Activities

  1. Learn more about engineering

    It's also a terrific opportunity for you to learn more about engineering and see if it's something you'd like to pursue in the future. Study the many engineering specialties and the tasks for which they are accountable.

  2. Talk to an engineer

    You can talk to an engineer about their job to see what the day-to-day requirements are. If you work at an organization or school, you can invite a speaker to speak to aspiring engineers.

  3. Learn about unconventional forms of engineering

    Most people look at engineering as a very serious profession but there is a merging of the profession with a creative side: baking. Called ‘bakineering,’ you can learn more about this unconventional marriage of the functional and edible. The Netflix show “Baking Impossible” is an amazing introduction to the world of bakineering.

Why We Love

  1. Aerospace/aeronautical engineering

    Engineers in this field are concerned with the research, design, and development of airplanes.

  2. Chemical engineering

    Chemical and biological processes are employed in this field of engineering to create valuable materials and substances.

  3. Civil engineering

    A civil engineer is someone who specializes in designing and building infrastructure projects, from an enormous project like the construction of a statewide transportation network to a more modest one like the construction of a single road or building.

  4. Computer engineering

    In computer engineering, computers' hardware and software are the focus of the research and development process.

  5. Mechanical engineering

    Mechanical engineering, one of the oldest and most diverse branches of engineering, deals with the conception, development, production, and maintenance of mechanical systems.

Why We Love National Engineer's Week

  1. Develop valuable skills

    You'll learn to think logically and solve problems with engineering education. These abilities will serve you well not only in the field of engineering but in other aspects of your life.

  2. Challenging yet fulfilling

    In the field of engineering, there is no shortage of problems that need to be solved. Come up with a solution and convince others that your approach is the best out there.

  3. Thinking outside the box

    Engineering is a creative career choice. Engineers need to be more imaginative than ever before, especially in light of the tremendous societal and technological transformations we're seeing. If you enjoy questioning, exploring, inventing, discovering, and creating, engineering could be the perfect career for you.

National Engineer's Week dates

YearDateDay
2022February 20Sunday
2023February 19Sunday
2024February 18Sunday
2025February 16Sunday
2026February 15Sunday

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