How Do I Become a Simulation Engineer?

Jessica F. Black

To become a simulation engineer, you will need to obtain at least a bachelor's degree in engineering. The type of engineering degree you seek will depend in part on the specific area of the field that you intend to work in. There are varying types of simulation engineer positions including computer simulation and flight simulation careers.Due to the amount of experience required to become a simulation engineer, you may be able to narrow your area of expertise following graduation.

Woman doing a handstand with a computer
Woman doing a handstand with a computer

You should thoroughly research the industry before formally deciding which area to pursue, and base your educational goals around this choice. Some students choose a broader area of study and pursue degrees in civil or mechanical engineering. Ideally, you should look for four-year universities that have a prestigious engineering department and a degree program that correlates with your career goals.

Once you have enrolled in school, you will need to complete a series of prerequisites that will be heavily focused on science and mathematics. Prerequisites will prepare you for advanced coursework. Some of the courses you may want to consider taking include introduction to engineering, engineering mechanics, thermodynamics for engineering, and fundamentals of computer engineering. Throughout your college career, you will want to consult an adviser and/or professors in order to choose courses that can help you to become a simulation engineer.

Although many companies require that you have at least a bachelor's degree, you may want to continue your education and obtain a master's degree in the specific field of engineering that you plan to enter. Experience will be extremely important to become a simulation engineer, and some companies may require a minimum of 10 years field experience. To get a head start on experience, you will want to apply for internships during your undergraduate studies. Working for a firm in your intended career can help you familiarize yourself with the industry and gain hands-on experience. You may also consider an entry-level position after graduation in order to work for a promotion to become a simulation engineer.

Creativity and analytical thinking are two important traits needed to enter this profession and internships can provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge to a work environment. Aside from education and experience, you may want to request recommendations from your professors and employers in order to show your competency in the field. This is a competitive profession that offers high salary rates and career advancements.

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