Prospective Engineering Students
What are the majors within the Engineering and Weapons Division (Group 1)?
So you want to know more about the majors within the Division of Engineering and Weapons (E&W)? You have found the right place. The E&W Division comprises nine majors:
Most of the different majors within the E&W Division have a lot of overlap. You can take elective courses from many of the other E&W majors to customize your matrix.
What type of projects do Mids work on in each of the majors?
Each of the E&W majors have their own area of emphasis and their own capstone projects. Here are some of the interesting capstone projects from each of the majors (click on each one to see a picture):
Small Satellite Program
SAE Race Car Competition
Cockpit of the Future
Water Purification System
How will an engineering degree help me after I graduate?
Your engineering training helps you in two general areas: (1) a general understanding of how mechanical things work and (2) the ability to analyze a problem and apply a logical thought process to find a solution.
The majority of graduate will enter a community in the Navy and Marine Corps in which they will be operating some type of complex machinery such as aircraft, ships, subs, tanks, and more. Who build these? Engineers! Though you may not ever design the equipment, your engineering background will help you understand how it works and why it does what it does. If you are flying/driving/using this equipment and something breaks in the air/in the field/at sea, your engineering training will help you analyze the situation and find a solution in a logical manner.
Many communities have career paths open only to those with Engineering degrees, such as Test Pilot School, Aviation Engineering Duty Officer, Engineering Duty Officer and Civil Engineering Corps.
How about after I leave the military?
Having an Engineering degree from the Naval Academy, operational experience and leadership experience from your military service sets you up for any number of careers from leading project teams for defense contractors, consultation work for engineering firms and the Department of Defense and management positions within Fortune 500 businesses to starting your own business. With an undergraduate degree in Engineering, you will have the pre-requisites can get a Master's degree or Doctorate in Engineering. You are also qualified to get a Master's in Business (MBA) degree as well. With these combinations of experience and education you will have countless job opportunities!