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Engineering Advice on engineering vs eng. tech path

  1. Jan 10, 2012 #1
    During high school I messed around and it wasn't until senior year that I started to get into mechanics and electronics, things that I never specially did before. My entire life I was the type of person to take things apart to see how they worked, played with legos and had an interest in the way things worked.

    I absolutely love anything hands on, working on cars, doing some simple circuits, machines. I interpreted these interests as a notification that I would like Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. Having just completed my first semester of college (community, so as to not waste money making sure I actually liked it) I realized that I really dont like math. I never have, and I dont think I ever will. The thing is, I've never taking physics, but I have my brothers college engineering physics textbook which I greatly enjoy reading for fun and I learn immensely from it.

    Basically, I dont think I have what it takes to get through the rigorous, theoretical side of engineering. Should I just stick with engineering or do engineering technology? Also, I'm still confused with eng. tech. How much could I do with that? Ive heard that they are just the engineer's maid. I know without a doubt that I could learn all of the more hands on parts of engineering and be the best in that part.
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  3. Jan 11, 2012 #2


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    With an engineering technology degree the glass ceilings on your career development will be set much lower than if you have a "pure" engineering degree. Engineering degrees are more valuable in the workplace than EET degrees.
  4. Jan 14, 2012 #3
    i heard this was true in the US vs other countries. it seems like they put degrees on a pedastal more than anything. i think more respect should be given to eng. techs because arent they the ones who put the theory into an actual working product?
  5. Jan 14, 2012 #4
    I think the engineers take the theory and turn it into an actual product, the tech's then take this knowledge and do the physical construction.
    "The distinction between engineering and engineering technology emanates primarily from differences in their educational programs. Engineering programs are geared toward development of conceptual skills, and consist of a sequence of engineering fundamentals and design courses, built on a foundation of complex mathematics and science courses. Engineering technology programs are oriented toward application, and provide their students introductory mathematics and science courses, and only a qualitative introduction to engineering fundamentals. Thus, engineering programs provide their graduates a breadth and depth of knowledge that allows them to function as designers. Engineering technology programs prepare their graduates to apply others' designs."

    So if you like being more hands on, the tech route is for you, as long as the money is acceptable. My best advice is to not force yourself to get a degree, even if you like the subject. Do a lot of research and make sure you like the careers associated with that degree and that there are jobs available for that degree. Engineers may be in higher demand than technologists, I'm not sure. The worst thing to do is waste 4 years getting a degree and find out it is near worthless.
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