Engineering and Technology

“If you derive satisfaction out of improving processes, that’s what engineering is all about.”

— Steve Olson, Nexen Group

Hear how Steve engineered his career


Female Mechanical Engineer Designs 3D Engine on Her Personal Computer,

What do Engineers and Technologists do?

  • Understand technological processes, materials and techniques and their impact on people, organizations and culture.
  • Apply scientific knowledge and mathematics to solve technical, societal and commercial problems.
  • Design materials, products, structures and systems while factoring in practicality, regulation, safety and cost.
  • Generate computer-based models, improve current processes and manage projects.
  • Be involved in operations, including mechanical design, model building, project management, quality, technical sales and systems analysis.

Career Facts

High Demand

Companies are seeking trained mechanical designers.

high Pressure

Jobs can be demanding and deadlines often intense.

High Satisfaction

Careers can be personally and economically rewarding.

A Good living

Engineers and technologists in Minnesota make a median wage of $71,000 a year.

High Placement

73% of engineering/technology students are hired within 6 months of graduation.

a popular Field

1,148 students graduate each year with degrees in engineering/technology in Minnesota.


Engineering and Technology Careers

  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Technology manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Project manager
  • Engineering manager

You may complete your education in:

  • 4+ years post high school (engineer)
  • 2+ years post high school (technologist)

College Programs

Bemidji State University, Bemidji

Minnesota State University, Mankato


“If you derive satisfaction out of improving process, that’s what engineering is all about.”

— Steve Olson, Nexen Group


Research and information taken from Career OneStop, Career Manufacturing, CAREERWise Education (formerly iSeek), Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Workforce Assessment Initiative, National Association of Manufacturers, O*NET, The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. Department of Labor and Wanted Analytics. Information is subject to change without notice.