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Engineering Courses

Learn engineering by enrolling in online engineering courses. Explore specific areas such as structural, mechanical, electrical, software, computer, or aeronautical engineering. edX offers free online classes in engineering-related topics such as thermodynamics, robot mechanics, aerodynamics, and more from top engineering universities.

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What is engineering?

Engineering uses scientific and mathematical knowledge to solve real-world problems. When a technological innovation comes along, engineers apply it to make the world a better place.

There are multiple types of engineering, including:

  • Mechanical engineering, the design and development of heavy equipment and its components.

  • Electrical engineering, which works with computerized devices and systems.

  • Civil engineering, the creation and maintenance of infrastructures like roads, tunnels, transportation centers, and more.

  • Software engineering, the application of engineering principles to create computer or web applications.

  • Computer engineering, the building and maintaining of computer hardware and systems.

  • Aerospace engineering, the use of aerodynamics principles to design aircraft and related systems.

  • Chemical engineering, which involves designing the processes that make raw chemicals useful.

  • Environmental engineering, the practice of improving sustainability and reducing pollution in the natural world.

  • Biomedical engineering, the creation of equipment and systems for healthcare applications.

Engineers in every specialization need strong problem-solving abilities and working knowledge of system design, project management, and computer science. Whether you lean toward creativity or logical analysis, there’s bound to be something in engineering to engage your mind.

Why learn engineering?

The world runs on innovation. Whether you’re trying to develop an idea or looking to explore new possibilities, an engineering education can give you the skills and creativity you need to get started.

Engineering coursework touches on a wide variety of scientific, mathematical, and technical concepts. Most engineering fields require knowledge of physics and engineering mechanics. Depending on what kind of engineering you study, you’ll also become familiar with such topics as:

  • Systems engineering

  • Energy systems

  • Engineering design

  • Optimization problems

  • Thermodynamics

  • Fluid mechanics

  • Differential equations

  • Machine learning

  • Data science

  • Manufacturing processes

  • Control systems

  • MATLAB and other programming languages

You’ll also develop critical thinking and analysis skills. Engineering students learn to think outside the box and find new solutions to problems.

Learn about engineering

edX is here to make engineering education accessible to everyone. We work with top universities and institutions to offer engineering programs and online courses in all types of engineering.

No matter where you are in your engineering journey, we have a course or program at your level. You can take an edX engineering course to use as a stepping stone to a degree, add to your job skills, or simply pursue personal enrichment. Learn at your own pace and take an online engineering course today!

Take online engineering courses

We offer stand-alone online learning courses, online programs such as professional certificates, and engineering degree programs. Our MicroBachelors® and MicroMasters® programs can fast-track your learning. You can even apply for a full-scale engineering master’s program and earn a master’s degree from Purdue University or UT Austin.

We have stand-alone courses in almost every aspect of engineering, from cognitive neuroscience robotics to land use management. Our comprehensive packaged programs and online degrees are equally diverse, covering topics like:

  • Engineering Project Management

  • Solar Energy Engineering

  • Structural Design

  • Applied AI (an award-winning professional certificate program from IBM)

  • UX Design and Evaluation

Best of all, you’ll get the support and guidance of edX at every step of your learning. At edX, we’re committed to making high-quality education accessible to all.

Build a career in engineering

Engineering is a growing field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for mechanical engineers is expected to increase 4% by 2019. 

The job outlook for some specializations is even better. Biomedical engineering is growing at an above-average rate of 5%, while industrial engineering grows at a rate of 10%, “much faster than average” according to the BLS. And these are only some of the jobs you can get with an engineering degree. 

Your studies can prepare you for a wide variety of rewarding career paths, including:

  • Supply chain engineer

  • Alternative energy engineer

  • Automotive engineer

  • Systems software engineer

  • Engineering project manager

Whether you’re entering engineering for the first time or continuing on an existing career path, edX is there to help. Reach out today and see how we’re removing the barriers to professional education.