Engineering education is the activity of teaching knowledge and principles related to the professional practice of engineering. It includes the initial education (Bachelor and or Masters degree) for becoming an engineer and any advanced education and specializations that follow. Engineering education is typically accompanied by additional post graduate examinations and supervised training as the requirements for a professional engineering license. The length of education, and training to qualify as a basic professional engineer is typical 8 years with 15 to 20 years for an engineer that takes responsibility for major projects.
Technology education in primary and secondary schools often serves as the foundation for engineering education at the university level. (Douglas, Iverson & Kalyandurg, 2004). In the United States, engineering education is a part of the STEM initiative in public schools. Service learning in engineering education is gaining popularity within the variety of disciplinary focuses within engineering education including mechanical engineering, construction science, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and other
Engineering education at the higher education level includes both undergraduate and graduate levels. Schools which provide such education are typically part of a university, institute of technology, or polytechnic institute. Such scholastic divisions for engineering are generally referred to by several different names, the most common being College of Engineering or School of Engineering, and typically consist of several departments, each of which has its own faculty and teaches a certain branch of engineering. Students frequently specialize in specific branches of engineering, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or civil engineering, or others.