Michigan has become a great place to look for an career in engineering. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineering in Michigan is growing by an average of 3 percent.
With recent grown, the state has developed it's own Society of Professional Engineers, which works to represent over 18 disciplines including aeronautical, architectural, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, nuclear, structural, and transportation engineering.
Some of the larger employers in Michigan that hire engineering professionals include: General Motors, Ford Motor, Dow Chemical, Whirlpool, TRW Automotive Holdings, Lear, Ally Financial, Kellogg, Penske Automotive Group, DTE Energy, Stryker, Autoliv, Visteon, Masco, BorgWarner, CMS Energy, Auto-Owners Insurance, Kelly Services, Con-way and Meritor.
Engineering Education in Michigan
The diverse landscape does not detract from finding a solid engineering program at any of the approximately 65 higher education institutions spanning the state.
Engineering programs are offered from Michigan Technological University, located at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula, to the powerhouse universities of Michigan and Michigan State in the Lower Peninsula's urban south. Flint's highly ranked Kettering University continues a tradition of quality industrial and mechanical engineering pioneered by General Motors. Wayne State University and Western Michigan are also among the many elite choices to complete any desired engineering degree.
Alternative to the four-year institutions; Gogebic, Bay De Noc, Mid-Michigan, Lansing, and Montcalm are representative of the many community colleges that offer pre-engineering and Associate's degrees.
Outlook for Engineering Jobs in Michigan
Bay City has the distinction of occupying the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) fifth position for a high concentration of chemical engineers in a metropolitan area. The automotive sector is well-represented with Mechanical and Industrial engineers occupying approximately 55,000 jobs in the May 2011 BLS report.
With the BLS reporting an approximate 6% growth rate for engineers in the 2010 to 2020 period, Michigan looks to gain a significant number of engineering positions in the current decade.