Choosing a Major
In addition to attending the departmental information sessions held in the fall, Freshmen are encouraged to explore their desired major by:
- talking to upperclassmen, professors, and career advisors from the departments they are interested in,
- speaking to potential employers during the two engineering job fairs held at Virginia Tech to find out what engineers do at their companies, and
- attending student professional society meetings to learn more about their career choices.
Freshmen are given free membership to our American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student chapter and are invited to attend meetings to meet some of our current students and to find out more about our department.
We strongly encourage you to visit the Career and Professional Development Center located in Smith Hall. The faculty in Smith have a wealth of information on careers in all areas of science and engineering, including salaries, areas of specialization, resume building, and mock interview tutorials. They also host many company visits, career fairs, job opportunity boards, and professional development workshops.