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Old 01-06-2006, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default Any Mechanical Engineers out there?

I am about to go into this field of study...or so I think. If I do, I will have to re-arrange a lot of my schedule at school this semester, and would have to move away next semester to continue my degree. Not a big deal, but I want to make sure I am going the right direction before I put these changes into effect.

Now, I know that you guys can't tell me what's right for me, because in the end it is up to me and only me. But I was wanting some input if you are in the field, or know someone that is.

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Old 01-06-2006, 09:27 PM   #2
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:27 PM   #3
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NO, they're all in asia
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:28 PM   #4
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Im starting my second semester of studying to be an ME. Your going to need to really buckle down in the more advanced courses for this degree, from what I've heard. If you've got the math and physics down for it, you should be good.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:29 PM   #5
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Change your major to something important sounding. You get bouns points if it has the words "international" or "management" in it.

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Old 01-06-2006, 09:34 PM   #6
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I'm a junior Mechanical Engineer.

It's hard... but if you're intelligent and don't slack off you'll be fine.

If you do not excel in math, physics, and other such things, then forget about it. It does not matter how mechanically inclined you may be when it comes to getting your degree (although it might matter if the real world...)
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:39 PM   #7
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Thanks for the laughs, and the real responses. I'll take it all into consideration.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:44 PM   #8
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it doesn't matter how intelligent you are at all you just have to do a lot of studying and crap. eff that i wanna ride my bike and draw pictures.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:47 PM   #9
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it doesn't matter how intelligent you are at all you just have to do a lot of studying and crap. eff that i wanna ride my bike and draw pictures.
No, it really does matter how intelligent you are, because almost everything will be curved to some extent. So you can do ****ty, as long as you do less ****ty than everyone else in your class. (this is what I do)

But yeah, even if you are very smart and good at math, it's still a **** ton of work.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:56 PM   #10
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it doesn't matter how intelligent you are at all you just have to do a lot of studying and crap. eff that i wanna ride my bike and draw pictures.
Dolphin, you are absolutely right. If you can make the effort, you can do really well in engineering without being brilliant. A hard working engineer will go much further than one that is lazy and brilliant.

~~Quentin <-- Summa Cum Laude ME that isn't insanely brilliant... just worked his ass off and happens to test well.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:57 PM   #11
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A ton of work would suck, but it wouldn't bother me.

This is one of the few things that I have found that actually interest me.

I'm one of those late bloomers when it comes to picking a major. I think I've looked into every field of study almost, and nothing struck my interest more than this. Scary, but true.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:59 PM   #12
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I'm a mechanical engineer, class of '04.

Math and Physics are your foundations.

Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Flows, and Controls will knit them together.

At my school the Mechanical and Aeronautical programs were closely coupled. AE's can make slightly more starting off, but demand is cyclic, ME's are universally in demand.

I'm currently working on a Jet Engine program, which is full of bread and butter ME work.

It's a tough road to get your degree, but if you have a good foundation you will go far.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:01 PM   #13
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Thanks Zypper. BTW, my family is from Dayton.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:05 PM   #14
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I remember back when I was in H.S. and was talking with an older engineer about my decision to study engineering. His advice was to get the best slide rule I possibly could, since I'd be using it all my professional life. It was a couple of years later that the calculators came out, but I still have that slide rule, and even pull it out every now and then to exercise it. Good luck to you. The advice about the math and physics is spot on.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:06 PM   #15
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Good deal! I appreciate all the responses.
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I remember back when I was in H.S. and was talking with an older engineer about my decision to study engineering. His advice was to get the best slide rule I possibly could, since I'd be using it all my professional life. It was a couple of years later that the calculators came out, but I still have that slide rule, and even pull it out every now and then to exercise it. Good luck to you. The advice about the math and physics is spot on.
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Old 01-07-2006, 01:30 AM   #17
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yeah I am one...already graduated and working in the field for over 5 years...Like others said if you are good at math and physics and willing put in the work, you should be able to breeze thru college courses. Oh and being mechanically inclined ain't gonna help you much as far as doing well in school is concerned.

I love engineering (designing and doing all kinds of analysis...either computer simulation or actually building stuff in the lab) but working in the real world also means dealing with stupid people/managers/schedules which gets old after a while.
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Old 01-07-2006, 01:43 AM   #18
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Oh and being mechanically inclined ain't gonna help you much as far as doing well in school is concerned.
I agree 100%, BUT I would say that after school, I haven't met many good practicing engineers that weren't mechanically inclined. If you don't know, i.e., how your clutch works, you might not be the ME type.
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Old 01-07-2006, 02:45 AM   #19
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http://www.rit.edu/~mecheng0/undergr...automotive.htm
hmm I was thinking of doing that, but I'm really lazy and doing not so well in HS right now. Are there any other ways to get involved with studying cars besides becoming a mechanic? I think that'll be a second choice if ME in college doesn't work out too well. BTW how do the tuners learn all their skillZ and stuff? through ME or...?
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another thing, how do you guys learn stuff about tools and all that stuff? From experience or...? I'm talking about all the different parts like the bolts, screws etc, the different tools and how to use them.
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http://www.rit.edu/~mecheng0/undergr...automotive.htm
hmm I was thinking of doing that, but I'm really lazy and doing not so well in HS right now. Are there any other ways to get involved with studying cars besides becoming a mechanic? I think that'll be a second choice if ME in college doesn't work out too well. BTW how do the tuners learn all their skillZ and stuff? through ME or...?
+12345 something that involves cars, pays better than being a mechanic, and requires a degree?
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You better enjoy math and physics, do well in them, and understand them very well. I thought I was going into that field because I thought it would be a great thing out of college and decent starting pay.

Then I realized it wasnt for me when I failed Calc I.

It is a very intensive program and be prepared to do alot of studying and not be surprised to barely pass the program. My particular school, Boston U. has ME but alot of the people tell me that what the degree is worth, is not worth all the time and effort put into it for a very underrated degree.
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err...from experience from actually working in the field?

you can have a 4.0 GPA or even an advanced degree like a Master (yeah it will get you into doors easier/faster) but it is the years of experience that will ultimately build your foundation of being a "practical" engineer. There is a difference between deriving theory / conducting experiment VS designing a product that is reliable, low cost to manufacture (easy for the techician to assembly/rework if necessary, using parts that are common/off-the-shelf/short lead time, etc)

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