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Electromechanical Engineering?

  1. Mar 14, 2014 #1
    I want to be an electrical engineer, but I don't want to learn electrical principles in a vacuum from mechanical.

    Some schools offer electromechanical technician two-year degrees. Those degrees have a lot of what I want, the only problem is that with those degrees I don't get the title or the pay grade or the design freedom or the advanced math or the knowledge that an engineer does.

    I want an electromechanical engineering degree, but there are no ABET accredited electromechanical engineering programs. There are ABET accredited electromechanical engineering technology four-year degrees, but they are few and far between and most of them are at sub-par schools, and setting my sights on a technology degree is just a cut below my ambition.

    Would any of you EEs be able to weigh in on how an aspiring EE who craves integration with ME could achieve this? I'm very new to the field and so would appreciate opinions from experienced EEs and other engineers like you guys.

    I should mention that I know the engineering disciplines are discrete for a reason, and I know conventional wisdom is to just focus on one, but I see that as a last resort for me rather than an answer to my question. Please if you aren't interested in thinking about a new approach to this, don't waste your own time by answering. I'm already very aware that there are a lot of good reasons to only focus on one engineering discipline.
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  3. Mar 14, 2014 #2

    Thanks for moving my topic from "General Engineering" to "Academic Guidance."

    I appreciate the correction and will remain conscious of where I am posting in the future.
  4. Mar 15, 2014 #3
    OP, I think they call it mechatronics. I think most EE's come out of school these days with a grasp on high-level programming, digital logic and messing around with MATLAB. I've seen plenty of ME's do an EE's job but I've never seen the opposite. The math is the same with a spring-mass-damper and an LCR circuit.

    The EE's who shine the brightest are the guys in RF and they did not learn what they know in a University, they grew up breathing it.
  5. Mar 15, 2014 #4
    Thank you Jupiter for the response. This gives me a lot to think about. When you say mechatronics, are you referring to the mixing of electrical and mechanical systems? Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, I just need to be clear with myself. I appreciate your time!
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2014
  6. Mar 15, 2014 #5
    "Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering."

    You will have to learn a little bit of everything and there is a difference between Mechatronics and Electromechanical engineering.
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