How to become an Engineer in Egypt
If being an engineer in Egypt has been your dream and you have been wondering how to make this dream a reality, I’ve got an answer for you. Wonder no more! This article highlights the necessary steps that you should take to make that dream a reality.
The long history of Egypt is marked by a number of engineering achievements which gave it a well deserved reputation of basin with great builders. You too can contribute to this reputation. Some of the engineering achievements in Egypt are Stepped Pyramid Sakkara, Giza pyramids, the temples of Karnak and Abu Simbel. Others include the Pharos of Alexandria and the mosque and madrassa of Sultan Hassan.
Engineering is a very broad field with a vast array of career opportunities. The subject splits into many different disciplines, including electrical and electronics, chemical, mechanical, civil, aerospace, aeronautical, petroleum, computer, etc. Graduates of engineering are usually logical thinkers with excellent numerical and problem-solving skills.
Careers in engineering are vast and varied. Hence, you may need to choose a career most relevant to your engineering specialization. Engineers contribute immensely to life using the latest technology to design products useful in the healthcare, food industries, and other aspects of life.
Different Engineering Fields
Engineering is a broad field with different branches available at Egyptian universities and abroad.
This career path is best for technically minded individuals. Mechanical engineers develop solutions to help improve mechanical processes and products. They develop new materials and technologies, turn ideas into inventions and are involved in the whole process of product development.
These engineers are concerned with the exploration, extraction and production of oil and natural gas. With the continued worldwide demand for energy, there is no better time to become a petroleum engineer than now.
If you want to pursue a career in the construction industry, then civil engineering is best for you. Civil engineering careers are both rewarding and challenging. They are concerned with the design, construction and management of the environment which can involve projects for road, bridges, drilling, houses and responding to natural disasters. To be successful in this field, you need to have a good knowledge of design and construction methods, and must have the ability to collaborate with others as a team, since you will also need to collaborate with other professionals such as architects, and others, in the execution of a project.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering is concerned with the researching, designing and testing new technology and electrical systems in products/buildings. They often overlap with other areas of engineering and career options range from construction to communications and media, healthcare, and more.
Aeronautical engineers apply scientific technological and mathematical principles to research, design, maintain and test the performance of civil and military aircrafts and space vehicles, satellites and missiles.
This field of engineering examine and design the processes used to produce everyday products such as food, plastics and fuel from raw materials. The professionals could work in industries such as food industry, mineral extractions and processing industry, petrochemicals, wastewater management.
Metallurgical engineering is concerned with the application of science in the production of metals for use in consumer or engineering products. This involves the production of alloys, the shaping, the heat treatment and the surface treatment of the products. A metallurgist aims at achieving balance between material properties such as cost, weight, strength, toughness, hardness, corrosion, fatigue resistance, and performance in temperature extremes.
Computer engineers integrate several fields of computer science, electrical/electronics engineering to develop computer software and hardware. This field of engineering focuses on both how computer systems work and how they integrate into the larger picture.
Concerned with the design, construction and improvement of farming equipment and machinery, agricultural engineers typically integrate technology with farming.
Marine Engineering: deals with the design, development,, production and maintenance of the equipment used at sea and onboard sea vessels like boats, ships, etc.
This is a multidisciplinary course that applies engineering, material and biology principles in medicine and health. Biomedical Engineers provide solutions to problems and complications by applying the principles of engineering and biology to create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.
Other engineering fields include:
- Food engineering
- Production engineering
- System engineering
- Industrial engineering
- Geological engineering
Steps to Become an Engineer in Egypt
Having gone through the different areas of engineering, let’s look at the steps you need to take to actualize your dream. Actually, your journey to becoming an engineer in Egypt is just three steps away:
- Have a strong science background: A solid background in science is required if you aspire to become an engineer. Recommended subjects are mathematics, further mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, agriculture, technical drawing.
- Undergraduate degree: After achieving a good grade in Thanaweyyah Amma or any other equivalent High School Degree (IGCSE, GCSE, Abitur, IB, French BACC, National High School Certificate from Arab Countries), you need to enroll for engineering undergraduate degree at an accredited university in Egypt or abroad. It takes five years to obtain a bachelor of engineering degree in Egypt. You could choose any of the disciplines listed above and apply to any accredited institution.
- Register with the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers: After your university degree, it is important that you register with and get licensed by the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers. You need this license to practice engineering in Egypt. You must pass the professional examination conducted by the council.