Online Engineering Degree Programs in Maine
With 17 million acres of forest, 3,500 miles of coastline, and 6,000 lakes, Maine is a wonderful place not only to visit, but also to live and work. Almost 9,620 engineers and architecture professionals are currently employed in Maine, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS May 2016). Furthermore, Projections Central (2017) predicted that at least four fields of engineering were expected to increase Maine-based employment opportunities between 2014 and 2024: biomedical (55.9 percent increase), environmental (6.7), chemical (6.4), and electrical engineers (3.6).
Not surprisingly, many people seek out education and employment in engineering due to the relatively high salaries in the field. The median compensation for engineering positions in Maine ranges from a $74,000 to over $98,000. Most fields fell in the $83,000 to $95,000 range—significantly higher than the national median for engineers and architects at $77,900 (BLS May 2016). And these figures were well above the median salary for all occupations nationally at only $37,040.
In order to enter the field of engineering, a person must complete the requisite training and credentialing. Although in the past, there were exclusively campus-based engineering degree programs, many new programs have been developed for online learning, which usually include a distance learning component as well as some in-person work near a student’s home or through limited campus visitation.
This guide explores accredited online engineering programs in Maine, including discussions of three outstanding engineering professors, admissions and accreditation information, and what to consider prior to enrolling.