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12th Grade student, looking to do engineering!

  1. Jan 26, 2014 #1
    I have applied to various universities in Canada for mechanical engineering. That is, I applied to general engineering, but all of the schools require supplementary applications on which you specify which type of engineering you want to pursue. At the University of Waterloo in Ontario, they offer mechanical engineering, nanotechnology engineering and electrical engineering as an undergrad. I think I am most interested in mechanical engineering (with which I could pursue post-grad education in aerospace, which is what I have loved since I was a kid!) but it seems like electrical engineering and ESPECIALLY nanotechnology would have more career options (not that mechanical engineering would have few, but it seems like there would be more careers with more potential in nano and electrical).

    Nano-tech is by far the hardest to get into, followed by mech, then electrical. On the application, you specify in order, your preference. Electrical is the easiest to get into so I'm putting that third.

    Edit: Sorry for the long post, I had no idea how long it was until I looked at it! Thanks for reading and thanks for the advice!

    I don't know which to put first and second. If I put nano in first, then mech second, I might not get in to nano and get secondary consideration for mech since I put that second and not get into either of them! But if I put mech in first, I'll be much more likely to get into mech but much less likely to get into nano.

    I want to know a) whether which one you put first affects your admission to the program and b) your opinion on which is a wiser career path. I love physics (based on my high school education in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity and introductory quanum mechanics) in general at least as much as I love airplanes, so I do not think I will enjoy a career in aerospace THAT much more than I would in nanotechnology, but again, I think there is more potential in nano-tech. Is this true and if so, what would you recommend?
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