EE or ME -- which do you find more difficult?

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I seem to be in a minority for thinking that mechanical engineering is more difficult than electrical engineering. Difficult for me, I mean.

To me, mechanical engineering is more difficult largely because in mechanics your intuition and common sense are often trying to mislead you. With electrical engineering, it is easy to just "trust the math" and accept that this is how physics works.

In numerical simulation the model is usually more complex if it is a mechanical system than an electromagnetic system.

Also, we are living in a digital/electric age, therefore many people starting to learn engineering are more familiar with electrical components than mechanical components -- myself included, even though I chose to study mechanical engineering.

The reason I chose mechanical engineering back in the day was because I found mechanical topics such as structural mechanics and heat transfer interestingly challenging for me. Topics such as circuits and electric motors/generators felt quite straightforward.

But perhaps I would have become a better engineer if I had chosen electrical engineering since I found it easier?
 

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anorlunda
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IMO, your choice of engineering field is less important that you think. In every field, there are countless sub-specialties, and the skills needed for each may mirror the same skills used in other engineering branches.

Instead of EE versus ME, you might think about field work versus design work. Each of us has preferences.
 

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