Most people believe the Last Frontier state's industries are fishing and oil with tourism in the summer. The truth is Alaska's economy is driven heavily by industries, such as a very strong construction industry, that directly affect the engineering landscape. Greg Latreille, a Professional Engineer in Alaska, said, "the oil & gas, forestry, mining, fishing, and tourism industries are what fuel our economy, but the demands of a growing economy result in the need for infrastructure, commercial and residential buildings, and power generation that make up the bread and butter of most of the engineers in the state." Alaska's recent growth has also brought a surge in technology and supporting jobs, such as software engineering.
The Alaska Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE) is helping the state to develop its engineering programs, by both networking and connecting engineers, but also providing scholarships to those hoping to join the profession. The ASPE offers continuing education opportunities, special events, a wide array of products for your professional use and development, and all the while, operates with a constant eye on the future of the engineering profession and society in Alaska.
Some of the larger employers that EducatingEngineers.com recommends prospective engineering professionals to consider include HDR Alaska Inc., PND Engineers, Inc., R&M Consultants Inc. Conoco Phillips, BP, Elaska Native Corporations NANA, ASRC and Bristol Bay Native Corp.