Do I have to be good at drawing?

I'm a junior in high school. I'm good in, and love, math and science. I'm also a musician and athlete (volleyball). However, I'm not an artist. Do you have to know how to draw to be a biomedical engineer or a chemical engineer?
posted by Jordan, Lake Charles on September 12, 2013

Answer by Zahra Khan

Jordan, glad you're interested in engineering.

To answer your question, you don't need to know how to draw like an artist to be an engineer.

You may be required to do engineering drawings. But this involves using computer aided design (CAD) tools. If this is relevant to the engineering discipline you're studying, your college would have classes for these. 

You may also have to do sketches to explain your ideas to other engineers. But these don't have to be artistic at all. I'm hopeless at artistic drawing but do just fine with engineering drawings.