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Computer vs Mechatronic Engineering

  1. Apr 29, 2013 #1
    I'm sure there's been a million of these questions before but I need an answer and can't find one.

    I have two choices of courses for Glasgow University
    Electronic and Software Engineering
    Mechatronics

    Now In ratios I'm wanting approx;

    55-60% ( Hardware)Electronic Engineering
    30% (Software) AI/computer
    10-15% Mechanical and other releated fields

    Which of the above suit my preference?
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2013 #2
    I've used advanced data analysis tools to help highlight the important portions of your statement. This should help you reach your own decision rather easily
     
  4. Apr 29, 2013 #3

    jedishrfu

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    Go with mechatronics where you'll learn about all three topics.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2013 #4
    I am just worried I will not get a detailed knowledge of computer engineering
     
  6. Apr 29, 2013 #5
    I guess what I'am asking is what the ratio is of mechatronics in those subjects?
     
  7. Apr 29, 2013 #6

    jedishrfu

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    Your best bet is to talk to the profs who taught the course, students who took the course and the books they used. I'm sure mechatronics courses vary greatly from school to school.

    In any event for real detailed understanding you'll need to take a course in each topic instead of looking for a sampler of all three.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2013 #7

    AlephZero

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    If you go for a degree that covers parts of three "big" engineering disciplines, it should be obvious you won't get "detailed knowledge" of any of them, compared with a full time degree in one discipline.

    Call me an old-school cynic if you like, but it I was putting together an engineering team I would hire 3 specialists rather than 3 generalists every time. They would soon learn other enough about the other specialisms to be able to work together effectively.

    It's the old story - if you want to win an athletics track-and-field competition, you want one person who can run 100 yards in 10 seconds, one who can run a mile in 4 minutes, and one who can high jump 8 feet. Three people who can all run 100 yards in 12 seconds, a mile in 5 minutes, and jump 6 feet are guaranteed to lose.
     
  9. Apr 29, 2013 #8

    jedishrfu

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    This is quite true for BME. Employers think they are half biologist and half engineer when they are looking for full biologists or full engineers. So to counteract that BME's need to take extra course to make them into full biologists and full engineers.
     
  10. Apr 29, 2013 #9
    Well personally I am intending ons starting my own company, so employmetn issues do not concern me as much. I just would like a detailed knowledge in computer engineering with fewmodules in mechanical
     
  11. Apr 30, 2013 #10
    It sounds like you know what you want. Get a degree in computer engineering. If you want to take a course or 3 in mechanical engineering, you can always do that in addition to your core curriculum, but it probably wouldn't be worth your time.

    Just take a drafting course to learn SolidWorks and call it a day.
     
  12. Apr 30, 2013 #11
    I live in the uk and they don't really do computer engineering courses here just EECS EESE and Mechatronics also you can't minor or anything
     
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