I just finished my freshman year in civil and I have an internship at a civil and land surveying firm lined up for the summer, but I’m thinking about switching to mech next year and want some advice. Either way, as far as the summer job goes, I’m sure experience in an engineering firm would be useful regardless of if I choose to be in mechanical when I go back to school because I could use the experience regardless. Civil (structural): -Closer to architecture (what I originally was going to major in) -Diverse enough that if I get sick of structural or find it boring, I can switch to water or highway engineering (even though I don’t know how much I’d like other alternatives) -You can work abroad in upcoming countries like Brazil or South Africa developing infrastructure -I don’t like how it leads to construction supervising – I’m not big on going into management at the moment (but that’s not to say I wouldn’t when I need money to support family in the future) -You don’t get to do innovative design/come up with anything new worth talking about; structural and road design at least are basically rehashing the same workable designs into different scenarios. -You don’t get recognition/pride/ownership of your work. Like if all goes well, then the architect did a great job. If it fails, the engineer is to blame. Mechanical: -Seems like true engineering compared to civil. Theres constant innovating and designing (call it the wannabe architect side of me, but I like the idea of designing something, following it through, taking pride in the finish product) -I’m realizing that I find drawing detention basins and wall sections in AutoCAD really dull. I liked part drawings and object views in my drafting class in high school which seem more mechanical. -Potentially work at big companies like Porsche or Boeing and work on some really cool projects that you can take credit for working on. -I’ve never planned on being a mechanical engineer and I don’t know how well I’d do, I just like the idea of it. From what I see with my friends in mech do, I feel like I’m able to do what they do with Solidworks -Less opportunity to travel? Alright, so it probably seems like I’m deadest on hating civil and wanting to go to mech, but understand that even I know that I’m looking at it from the point of wanting to switch so I’m really thinking of the negatives of civil and the positives of mech so I may be getting a jaded picture. If you guys could give me some advice based on your experiences in civil or mechanical engineering and what you’ve done in either (working or in school and how you made your decision to follow on), that would help me get a clearer idea.