College Engineering Enrollment Continues to Grow

The number of students enrolling in engineering programs is steadily increasing. According to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, there was a four percent increase in engineering students from 2015 to 2016. Engineering career paths are among the most desirable for college students due to job stability, financial security, and the demand for talent and availability of jobs in the field.

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report also states that there were over 600,000 students enrolled nationally within an engineering major during the fall 2016 semester – an increase from 578,127 in fall 2015. Top engineering majors among students include chemical engineering, computer engineering, petroleum engineering, electric engineering, aerospace engineering, and materials engineering.

Colleges Accommodate Growth

As engineering continues to gain popularity, colleges across the nation are approving renovations to upgrade the resources available for engineering majors. For example, Rowan University recently unveiled the newest $70.6 million addition to the Henry Rowan College of Engineering program. Rowan University’s goal of this expansion is to accommodate the increase in engineering students, with a plan to increase the engineering college enrollment up to 2,000 from 1,488 (graduate students included) by 2023.

Supporting Today’s Engineering Students

NJSPE supports the growth and education of young and developing engineers by offering membership to full-time students in undergraduate or graduate engineering programs. To be eligible for free membership benefits, the program must be accredited by ABET, an engineering or pre-engineering program, or an international equivalent.

There are a variety of NJSPE benefits that students can enjoy. Members will receive opportunities to network with industry thought leaders and local engineer professionals. They also can connect with local programs and courses, as well as access to online seminars, web classifieds, and industry news. Through NSPE, the national chapter, students can apply for scholarships, partake in student chapters, and receive access to StayWithIt.org – a partner dedicated to helping keep students in engineering programs. NJSPE believes that today’s students will be tomorrow’s problem solvers, helping turn ideas into reality.

6 Reasons to Join a Professional Engineer Association

Whether you are just getting started in your engineering career or are a seasoned veteran looking to give back to the community, joining a professional engineering organization has a variety of benefits. A professional engineer membership is open to anyone holding a valid license as a professional engineer, engineer-in-training or engineering intern certification in the U.S., Canada, or an international equivalent. So what are the benefits of joining the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE)? There are many great benefits, including:

  1. Free Online Courses
    When you become an NJSPE member, you receive access to free online seminars. At the end of each seminar, a quiz is available for those who need the course to meet their state’s continuing education requirements.
  2. Community Access
    NJSPE offers a place to build a community and network with others. You can exchange knowledge, collaborate, and connect with colleagues with other professional engineers in New Jersey.
  3. Continuing Education
    Members have access to all the information and resources they need to continue their education and maintain the PE license. The PE Institute offers live educational events, conferences, webinars, and courses for licensed and soon-to-be licensed members.
  4. Advocacy and Outreach
    It is important to be a powerful advocate for the interests of the engineering profession. NJSPE partners with many organizations and partakes in public outreach activities to show the positive impact of engineering.
  5. Industry News
    Stay up-to-date with the latest news on shifting trends and new technologies through a free PE magazine subscription and members-only e-newsletters.
  6. Career Development
    Our members have access to NSPE and NJSPE web classifieds, which help PEs make their next career move and assist employers in finding top talent.

Professional engineers can also join a practice division to gain even more membership benefits. These divisions specialize in construction, education, government, industry, and private practice. Interested in these valuable engineer association benefits? Apply to become a member here.

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