Assignments given to students in the engineering department can have different forms. The assignments may range from a few paragraphs to writing full reports on various topics. The students could be asked to define some technical terms using their own words. They may also be asked to carry out research in the field and provide answers to a given problem.

Whatever form the engineering assignments may take, they play an important role in helping students be better equipped for their final exams and their career life after college.

Students become creative in problem-solving

Students in the engineering department could be asked to design a problem and describe the solution to the problem. As part of assignments, the student must create the problem to come up with the solution.

For example, a student can be asked to design a problem that entails an estimate of considerable losses in pipework installations. The student must first understand the problem in detail.

They will engage their mind actively and think of issues like estimating the amount of fluid carried in the pipes and their influence on fluid losses. The students may have the discretion to either work on the topic alone or in a group.

Whatever the case, the student will think like a teacher or a worker on-site and think of workable solutions. If the students are faced with the same challenge in the field, they will remember how they solved the problem during their assignment and provide on-site solutions.

When students usually face difficulty in completing their assignments, they usually take help from friends or outsource it to the very popular to ensure timely delivery and highest quality. The same applies to on-site work, there are contractors and plenty of outsourced workers and the engineers must know how to get the work done.

Student can easily define and understand vocabularies used in engineering

The engineering library is full of vocabulary words that sometimes can be difficult to explain or comprehend. If the student fails to understand the vocabularies while in college, they might be forced to learn them while in the field, which can be challenging.

America needs more STEM workers so the concepts of big data, Avro, caching, truss, hangers, approaches, and so on need to be addressed early on, especially when there is a full library of vocabulary words to master. To help the student understand the terms and concepts better, the teacher may ask them for prompts on concept writing.

In writing, students can be asked to rephrase vocabularies using their own words. And as they do the assignment, they become better familiarised with the vocabularies. For example, the teacher may ask the students to explain in a layman’s language the term flow of current.

The teacher can instruct them to write as though they address a layman’s meeting in the social hall. As the students address the issue, they can relate to the words and their minds will comprehend. When they join the engineering practice, they will have an easy time with the vocabularies.

Students understand how technical issues and processes work

The main concepts of engineering can be difficult to comprehend for engineering students. Concepts like hydraulic brakes, structure analysis, estimations and costs, valuations, and concrete tech can only be understood better from either a practical approach or assignment writing.

The engineering field has processes like molding, labelling, joining, forming, and manufacturing, all of which are better understand in a practical approach. The teacher may give the students an assignment to write about how hydraulic brakes work to an audience of farmers.

The students may use graphics, words, or diagrams to explain to the audience. As they write, they gain a better understanding of how complex engineering concepts and processes work.

Students can calculate quantities and ratios of materials

Accuracy in the calculation of quantities and ratios in engineering is crucial. If engineers do wrong calculations, the end product will be faulty and can lead to the demolition of structures, recall of products, or collapse of structures. The student engineer must be firmly equipped with good calculations knowledge.

The teacher will ask the students to explain certain numeric processes to a non-engineer. As they explain the concepts behind the calculations, they can understand how the processes work and their application in different real-life situations.

Students can connect between their course and real world

Electrical engineering students could be asked to identify a real-life installation of a parallel and a series circuit. The building and construction engineering students could be asked to identify a real-life situation of trusses, brackets, and hangers and how they have been used in a building.

After observations, the students could be asked to provided diagrams and explanations of what they observed. As they do practical observations, the student gets a connection between diagrams in books and real-life situations. Later after graduation, they can apply the knowledge better in their career.


Methods of teaching in the engineering courses differ from one teacher to another. In the same way, different students have different levels of understanding and judge situations differently. Despite the different methods of teaching and differing levels of understanding, real-life situations remain the same. A student who does more assignments becomes a better engineer in real life.

Author Bio:

Robert Everett works for an Edutech startup where he helps young researchers develop online courses for underprivileged students in South Asia and Africa. His part-time job as an essay writer is something that he loves because of his interest in the writing field. In his free time, he meditates, takes French cooking classes and plays tennis with his friends.