Engineers Week February 16-22: Top associations for up and coming engineers
Are you working towards an engineering degree, or have you just earned one? Then it’s advisable to join one or more engineering associations. Being a member demonstrates to potential employers that you comply with professional standards — plus, it gives you a way to stay up to date with engineering news and education. Here are some of the top engineering associations for up and coming engineers:
- National Society of Professional Engineers: Established in 1943, the NSPE is dedicated to addressing the work-related concerns of licensed professional engineers across all disciplines. Members are expected to adhere to a code of ethics, and they can take advantage of various news and educational resources.
- American Society of Civil Engineers: The ASCE was founded in 1852 and currently has more than 150,000 members. In addition to being an authority for standards and codes that protect the public, it provides professional and technical continuing education for its members, as well as conferences. It’s also the leading publisher of civil engineering content.
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: The SHPE was established in 1973 to advocate for Hispanic engineers and help diversify the field of engineering. Today, it has over 11,000 members across 247 student and professional chapters and offers mentorship, training, and programming for its growing community.
- Society of Women Engineers: Founded more than 60 years ago, the SWE aims to give women engineers a unique voice and place within the engineering field. Its mission is to empower women engineers to reach their full potential as leaders and engineers. In addition to offering scholarships and education, it engages in outreach and organizes events.
- The American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Established in 1880, the ASME now has more than 100,000 members, 32,000 of whom are students. Its mission is to facilitate knowledge sharing, collaboration, skills development, and career enrichment across all engineering disciplines. In addition to providing a set of professional codes and standards, it offers learning and development opportunities, certification and accreditation, conferences and events, and a range of publications.
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: The IEEE was founded in 1884 to support electrical and electronics engineers in this field, which was new at the time. Today, the association is dedicated to advancing technological excellence and innovation for the benefit of humanity. Along with providing professional standards, it offers education, conferences, and various publications.
- Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers: Since 1948, the IISE has provided leadership for the education, training, application, research, and development of industrial and systems engineering. It offers cutting-edge continuing education, an online career center, a magazine, and networking communities, amongst other things.
Joining an engineering association can provide support and connections that can benefit you with your first steps in the field of engineering. Better yet — the knowledge you gain and the contacts you make can help you throughout your entire career.
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