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Engineering list error[edit]

Someone changed the fourth interdisciplinary option to "I Love Pies" I do not know what was there before.


Someone needs to add Genetic Engineer. also mechatronic engineer —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:52, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

  • I dispute that Mechatronics is a separate and distinct form of Engineering. It is basically a form of multidisciplinary engineering, where Systems Engineering is better suited. Where does one go to get a degree in mechatronics? This sounds like a marketing ploy than real science. -- (talk) 23:52, 14 December 2010 (UTC)
  • I agree. Everyone wants to have every specialty splinter group added. I've refused to impose my thoughts on this, but .... Don'tKnowItAtAll (talk) 02:49, 2 January 2011 (UTC)
Where does one go to get a degree in mechatronics?
The University of Western Australia is one place you could go.
Pathway A: leads to specialisations in Mechanical Engineering (including Oil and Gas) or Mechatronics Engineering
WikiDMc (talk) 18:21, 2 August 2011 (UTC)


I'm amazed that Automotive engineering hasn't been aded to this list. It is arguably one of the fields of engineering with which we are most in contact. LewisR (talk) 07:53, 13 November 2008 (UTC)


Although some American schools (such as The Henry Krumb School of Mines at Columbia) seem to have stopped awarding mining engineering degrees, there are others, such as the Colorado School of Mines that do. Mining Engineering is not an historic relic. It is a modern discipline that is as advanced as any other field. Mining is NOT civil engineering. Civil engineers are not concerned with or trained in rock mechanics and ground control, or stope design. Mining does have sub-disciplines, such as minerals processing, mines maintenance (at some Canadian universities) etc. Also, those familiar with the origin of the term "civil" engineering, would wonder why military engineering is not on this list. If there are no objections, I would like to add mining as a current discipline of engineering (or branch for our American friends).John G Eggert (talk) 22:48, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Support. The present organization seems rather odd, petroleum engineering is listed as a specialized field and mining could be listed there also. Vsmith (talk) 02:29, 20 April 2011 (UTC)
Isn't petroleum engineering a specialisation of mining? --Chris.urs-o (talk) 11:36, 20 April 2011 (UTC)


Why isn't Petroleum engineering and protein engineering under molecular engineering or under chemical engineering at the very least?Swmmr1928 talk 05:31, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

What about Quality Engineering? How come Quality never gets any love? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:48, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Merge with Outline of engineering?[edit]

This article is largely redundant with Outline of engineering. (talk) 04:47, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Software Engineering?[edit]

I'm surprised that this list doesn't include software engineering more prominently. It seems to me that (at the very least) large scale computer systems occupy a place in many modern businesses analogous to the heavy machinery of earlier eras. It also seems likely to me that software engineers are doing the same sort of thing as in more traditional engineering disciplines, in that they are taking theories (e.g. relational database models of information, mathematical models of financial market activity, etc.) and turning them into practical things that people can use. What do other people think? RomanSpa (talk) 14:18, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Metallurgical Engineering is absent[edit]

I find the lack of mentioning Metallurgical engineering to be a tragedy. How can you not list the oldest profession of engineers? Metallurgy has been around for 5000+ years. Metallurgy being a subset of Alchemy makes it an ancient practice and going back to the very earliest civilizations predating almost all other sciences. The very earliest metal weapons, tools, art pieces, and coinage are a direct result of metallurgy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jg93811 (talkcontribs) 17:15, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

I added Metallurgical engineering under Materials engineering, which in turn, is already listed under Chemical engineering. H Padleckas (talk) 04:52, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
Where would you cite for that or would a different term be better ? Seriously, this is a current-day article not a historical one so it's use is what matters, and 5000 years ago it was not called 'engineering' it would have been 'smith'. Seriously, I can find it but the term does not seem common as schools of engineering either do not have such or refer to this as "Materials Science and Engineering", not "Metallurgical engineering". (see versus Markbassett (talk) 13:37, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
I just Googled (with "Metallurgical engineering" and I got 4,590,000 hits, so I conclude Metallurgical engineering is still alive as a field of study. Not every College of Engineering has a Metallurgical engineering department just like many universities/colleges do not have a college or school of engineering. Although Metallurgical engineering is one of the less common departments or curricula at Colleges of Engineering, it surely does exist in some places. In a comparable way to how some may refer to "materials engineering" as "material science", both being basically about the same thing, some may refer to "Metallurgical engineering" as "Metallurgy".
Here one can look for a job as a metallurgical engineer: jobgalore - metallurgical engineer.
Here the Time website states that a metallurgical engineering major is currently ranked as the 9th highest paid college graduate major: Time - The 20 Best- and Worst-Paid College Majors - 9. Metallurgical Engineering.
Here is the Department of Metallurgical Engineering webpage for the University of Utah: University of Utah - Department of Metallurgical Engineering.
Here the University of Alabama College of Engineering features Metallurgical and Materials Engineering: University of Alabama College of Engineering - Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
More examples can be provided, but I think you can get the point. H Padleckas (talk) 16:45, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
H Padleckas better but still the not the more common terminology as the wiki thing is to use the predominant term and when I google with Google, the term "materials science" is by far the more common term over "metallurgical science" -- it's 7 million eight hundred thousand for "materials science" or two million seventy thousand for "materials science and engineering" versus 506 thousand for "metallurgical engineering". Would these be two different things or is the one a subset of the other ? Markbassett (talk) 13:49, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
Metals are a subset of Materials; therefore, Metallurgical engineering is a subset of Materials engineering, and Metallurgical science, commonly called Metallurgy, is a subset of Materials science. As I mentioned previously, for all practical purposes, Materials engineering is basically about the same thing as Material science, and similarly Metallurgical engineering is about the same thing as Metallurgy (or Metallurgical science). Besides metals, Materials engineering or science is about concrete, brick, rock, ceramics, polymers, wood, glass, and any other materials such as composites, etc. H Padleckas (talk) 19:19, 6 May 2014 (UTC)
This webpage,, describes that at the University of Urbana-Champaign - College of Engineering, the previous Department of Metallurgy and Mining Engineering and previous Department of Ceramic Engineering were merged into the new Department of Materials Science and Engineering. H Padleckas (talk) 19:35, 6 May 2014 (UTC)


How can am do it Shivam khatri (talk) 16:58, 6 November 2016 (UTC)