Engineering is a really unique profession that brings with it a lot of opportunities to make gold. Unfortunately, it also takes a good bit of gold to level it to 525, and there’s not a whole lot of return investment in the early levels.
If you want to become an Engineering master, you will probably have to fork over a little bit of gold to get started on the journey. If you’re having problems making the gold neccecary to fund your professions, I recommend trying out Markco’s 20k Leveling Guide!
This Engineering 1-525 Guide has been updated for Cataclysm (patch 4.03a)!
Due to popular request, I decided to create this Engineering leveling guide based off of my own experience. This is the method that I use to level my engineering on new toons, and the choices are based off of the amount of experience given as well as the cost of creating these items. Engineering is still an expensive profession to level, but the end rewards are well worth it. It’s not as bad, of course, if you are leveling it as your toon levels up instead of all at once!
The bad part about this is that some of the materials that you create may be needed down the road. This is because I usually have enough gold to just level my professions all at once.
To be safe, I recommend keeping all your items from 1~300 until you actually reach level 300.
At this point, they are probably safe to sell, but I would really keep them anyways. From levels 300 to 350, you will be using a lot of the items over again as well. After you hit around 425, you can sell off all of your Northrend stuff from 350+ safely. To the best of my ability, I will try to warn you what items you need to keep.
Before starting this Engineering leveling guide, I would recommend grabbing a Gnomish Army Knife. This can be found via the Auction House and can be used as a substitute for some of the tools (specifically the Gyromatic Micro-Adjuster, Blacksmith Hamer, and Arclight Spanner) that will be created during your Engineering adventures and are generally just a useful item to have as an Engineer.
You will make 35-40 Rough Blasting Power from 35-40 Rough Stones
You will make 60 Handfuls of Copper Bolt from 60 Copper Bars
You will make 20 Copper Tubes from 40 Copper Bars with 20 Weak Flux (Weak Flux can be found at any Engineering Supplies seller)
Make sure that for now you are saving all of the blasting powder you get–You will make it as you level.
You will make 1 Arclight Spanner from 6 Copper Bar
You will make 30 Coarse Blasting Powder from 30 Coarse Stones
You will make 6-7 Course Dynamite from 16-21 Coarse Blasting Powder with 6-7 Linen Cloth
You will make 25-30 Practice Locks from 26-30 Bronze Bars with 50-60 Handfulls of Copper Bolt with 25-30 Weak Flux
In the case that you suddenly find yourself without Copper Bolts, you can substitute by making Bronze Tubes instead–it’s a bit more expensive, but it’s a lot quicker
In these levels, you will be using a lot of Mithril and Bronze, and you will also have some items that you need to keep for later. Pay attention!
You will make 40 Heavy Blasting Powder from 40 Heavy Stones
You will make 20 Whirring Bronze Gizmo from 20 Wool Clothes with 40 Bronze Bars
You will make 20 Bronze Framework from 20 Wool Clothes with 20 Medium Leathers with 40 Bronze Bars
You will make 20 Explosive Sheep from 40 Wool Clothes with 40 Heavy Blasting Powders with 20 Whirring Bronze Gizoms with 20 Bronze Frameworks
You will make 60 Solid Blasting Powder from 120 Solid Stones
You will make 5-8 Mithril Tubes from 16-23 Mithril Bars
This section will be a lot more expensive than the last. For these levels, you will need a lot of Thorium and Mithril, which is going fairly high in the Auction House at the moment. If you have the appropriate mining level, you can farm this ore. However, it can be tedious and I would recommend saving some time by using the AH as these mats are already over-farmed.
You also have an option at this point to specialize in either Goblin or Gnomish engineering. The biggest difference between the two is the locations of the teleporters and also the various abilities of their trinkets. Fortunately, most items crafted by one specialization can still be work by the other. Choose wisely!
You will make 20 Unstable Triggers from 20 Mageweave Cloths with 20 Solid Blasting Powder with 20 Mithril Bars
You will make 30-40 Mithril Casing from 90-120 Mithril Bars
You will make 15-20 Hi-Explosive Bombs from 30-40 Mithril Casings with 30-40 Solid Blasting Powder with 15-20 Unstable Triggers
You will make 15-30 Dense Blasting Powder with 30-60 Dense Stones
You will make 26-30 Thorium Widgets from 79-90 Thorium Bars with 26-30 Runecloth
You will make 14-16 Thorium Tubes from 84-96 Thorium Bars
Most of the materials in this section can be farmed from the Outlands. All of the extra items that you’ve created so far can be pawned off in the Auction House. Most of the mats in this section are pretty cheap!
You will make 60 Handful of Fel Iron Bolts from 60 Fel Iron Bars
You will make 20 Fel Iron Casings from 60 Fel Iron Bars
You will make 20 Fel Iron Casings from 60 Fel Iron Bars
You will make 12 Elemental Blasting Powder from 24 Motes of Earth with 12 Motes of Fire
You will make 5 Fel Iron Bombs from 5 Elemental Blasting Powders with 10 Handfuls of Fel Iron Bolts with 5 Fel Iron Casings
You will make 5 Fel Iron Musket from 30 Handfuls of Fel Iron Bolts with 15 Fel Iron Casings
You will make 10 Adamantite Grenades from 10 Elemental Blasting Powders with 20 Handfuls of Fel Iron Bolts with 40 Adamantite Bars
You will make 20-65 White Smoke Flares from 20-65 Netherweave Clothes with 20-65 Elemental Blasting Powders
Engineering 350 – 425
This section of Engineering is available to anyone with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. With these levels, you will be needing both Saronite and Cobalt. Because many players have abandoned Northrend in their daily mining routes, these mats can be pretty expensive!
You will make 25 Handfuls of Cobalt Bolts from 50 Cobalt Bars
You will make 15-20 Volatile Blasting Triggers from 15-20 Crystallized Waters with 45-60 Cobalt Bars
You will make 10-15 Overcharged Capacitors from 10-15 Crystallized Earths with 40-60 Cobalt Bars
You will make 5-8 Explosive Decoys from 15-24 Volatile Blasting Triggers with 5-8 Frostweave Clothes
You will make 15 Froststeel Tubes from 15 Crystallized Waters with 120 Cobalt Bars
You will make 4-5 Diamond-cut Refractor Scopes from 8-10 Handfuls of Cobalt Bolts with 4-5 Frosteel tubes
You will make 10-13 Box of Bombs with 10-13 Volatile Blasting Triggers with 50-65 Saronite Bars
You will make 5 Mana Injector Kits Kits from 10 Crystalized Waters with 60 Saronite Bars
You will make 5 Noise Machines from 40 Handfuls of Cobalt Bolts with 10 Overcharged Capacitors with 10 Frosteel Tubes
Finally, the Cataclysm leveling stage! You can get rid of anything that you would like leading up to this point. From this point onwards, there will be a lot of Elementium and Obsidium used–which sadly isn’t very cheap right now. Because of their high prices, there’s a lot of competition farming these ores as well. I would recommend buying them off the Auction House if you can!
You will make 20 Handfuls of Obsidium Bolts from 40 Obisidium Bars
You will make 1 Electrostatic Condenser from 4 Volatile Earths with 6 Handfulls of Obisidium Bolts with 4 Obisidium Bars
You will make 15-17 Electrified Ether from 30-34 Volatile Airs
You will make 2 R19 Threatfinders from 12 Handfuls of Obsidium Bolts with 4 Alicite with 12 Obsidium Bars
You will make 1 High-Powered Bolt Gun from 4 Electrified Ether with 8 Handfuls of Obsidium with 10 Obisidium Bars
You will make 4 Elementium Toolboxes from 48 Volatile Earths with 60 Elementium Bars
You will make 3 Finely-Tuned Throat Needlers from 12 Obisidium Bars with 6 Electrified Ethers with 15 Hardened Elementium Bars
You will make 17 Heat Treated Spinning Lures from 17 Handfuls of Obisium Bolts with 68 Elementium Bars with 17 Volatile Fires
You will make 1 Gnomish X-Ray Scope from 2 Hardened Elementium Bars with 2 Dream Emeralds
And that’s it!
Once you hit 525, it’s time to start putting your skills to good use in the Auction House!
If you made it this far, I commend you as the formatting for this guide could be a little more solid (I’m up to suggestions on this ;]).
Engineering is a very fun and rewarding profession, and I use it regularly to make gold in the Auction House as one of my top selling professions. If you’d like to learn a little more about how to use Engineering to make gold and utilize its skills for raids and PvP, I’d recommend checking out this guide. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section and I’ll see if I can help you!