Engineering Guide

Basic guide to the Engineering profession in World of Warcraft.

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Engineering is one of the many
choices players have when it comes to primary professions in World of
Warcraft. A crafting type of profession, Engineering allows the player
to take various materials, some of which are collected by gathering
professions, and turn them into a diverse variety of items. While
Engineering can be considered useful for some most take up this
profession solely for the fun aspect of it’s creations.

Training Engineering

Before you can start down the
road of Engineering you first need to train it as one of your two
primary professions. Doing this is simple, just seek out the nearest
Engineering Trainer. Engineering Trainers can be found in all capital
cities for both factions and can also sometimes be found in other more
remote locations. If you find that you are having difficulty locating a
trainer, speak with the nearest city guard who will point you in the
right direction.

Once you have located a trainer
you will be able to learn Apprentice Engineering for a small fee. This
first level of Engineering will give you a potential skill level of 75
and also supply you with some basic schematics. As you skill up you
will be able
to return to the trainer to increase your rank in the
profession. Check out the handy chart below for more information on
Engineering skill levels:

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Levels
style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Apprentice 1-75 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Journeyman 50-150 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Expert 125-225 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Artisan 200-300 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Master
(The Burning Crusade) 300-375 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Grand
Master (WotLK) 375-450 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Illustrious
(Cataclysm) 425-525 style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;">Zen
Master (MoP) 525-600

Schematics

Schematics are plans learned by
Engineers to enable them to create the various items available to them
in game. Many schematics will be learned directly from your Engineering
Trainer, while others will need to be purchased by special vendors or
be found as world drops.

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Using Engineering

Now that you have trained
Engineering and have learned a few basic schematics from your trainer,
you probably are probably ready to create something with your newly
learned profession. Creating something with Engineering requires three
basic steps:

  • Choose a schematic
    you’d like to use.
  • Obtain materials for this
    schematic.
  • Choose Engineering from the
    professions menu, choose the correct schematic, and click
    “Create”.

After a few seconds your shiny
new item will be created. Unlike some professions, this process can be
completed any time and in nearly any location throughout the world.

Skilling Up Engineering

As a production profession
Engineering requires that you earn skill levels by crafting the various
schematics in your arsenal. You can find the schematics currently
available to you by opening up the professions menu and selecting
Engineering. You will notice at this time that each pattern is color
coated with one of five color shades. These colors are vitally
important to skilling up. Each color indicates what chance you have of
earning a skill point when you create that particular item. Check out
the chart below to see the skill up chance associated with each of
the
colors:

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Chance
style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Red Unable
to craft at this time. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(204, 102, 0);">Orange A
skill point will always be gained. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(255, 255, 51);">Yellow A
skill point will most likely be gained. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(0, 102, 0);">Green A
skill point will likely not be gained. style="background-color: rgb(202, 188, 162); text-align: center;"> style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">Gray A
skill point will never be gained.

Engineering Specialization

Engineering is one of the few
professions left in World of Warcraft that
still offers players the option to choose a specialization. Engineers
may choose either Goblin or Gnomish schools of this profession after
completing a unique quest. Each school will allow the player to craft
unique items, some of which will not be available to the opposing
school. Don’t fret about the choice overly much, both schools
are full of interesting and fun things. If you truly feel you have made
a mistake, you can change your school for a small fee by visiting
Narain Soothfancy in the north-east corner of Tanaris.

Engineering Profession Perk

You have probably noticed by
now that when hovering over the Engineering icon in your professions
tab that the Perk section of the information is strangely missing.
While it is true that the Engineer can expect no conventional perks
like Gem Perfection offered to Jewelcrafters or Toughness offered to
Miners, this profession is far from without any perks.

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Special trinkets, fun items,
epic goggles, and glove, belt, and cape enchants are all things that
players have to look forward to by choosing this profession. In fact
many Engineers will tell you that every item they make using this
profession is all the perk they need.

Complimentary Professions

While it can be argued that any
profession can compliment Engineering there is one that stands out
above the rest; Mining. Engineers can use most of the materials
gathering from Mining to create their various schematics. This will not
only save the Engineer time, but also valuable cash. If you choose not
to take up Mining as your secondary profession it is suggested that you
consider doing so on an alternate character.


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Byron has been playing and writing about World of Warcraft for the past ten years. He also plays pretty much ever other Blizzard game, currently focusing on Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone, while still finding time to jump into Diablo III with his son.

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