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Engineering undergrad in need of some guidence.

  1. Jul 16, 2008 #1
    Hi,
    I am currently an Aerospace Engineering student at UT-Austin and this summer I was accepted to transfer into the Mechanical Engineering Department. Here is my problem, I have been interested in aviation since I was a 10 so the ASE degree should be perfect for me but I am afraid the ASE degree will limit my options of job type, location, and industry. I know ME is a much more broad degree and will allow me to have a greater selection of what type of industry I want to work. I have till the end of the summer to decided if I would like to switch majors and I doubt I will have another chance at transferring into ME because of how competitive it is (not really sure how I pulled it off this time). I have a number of friends in ASE who are desperately trying to get into ME but have gotten rejected the last two semesters and I'm afraid if I pass this up I wont have another chance. I should also add that I am interested in Mechatronics and Fluid Mechanics which are concentrations in the ME degree so I am not basing my decision just on job opportunities.

    My question is this. Am I correct that an Aerospace degree would limit my job type, location, and industry more than a Mechanical degree? Would it be possible for me to get an ME degree and work in the aerospace industry. Or maybe even have the ASE degree and use it outside of the aerospace industry. What are the possibilities of switching the industry I am in once I get a feel of what I am doing.

    If you have any information, personal experience, or anything that would help me in my decision post away. I guess I just don't know what is going to interest me in 10 years and I don't want to limit myself.

    Thanks,
    Sean
     
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  3. Jul 16, 2008 #2

    FredGarvin

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    There are tons of us MEs in the aerospace industry. There are a lot of things involved in aircraft and engine designs that are more suited to mechanical. It is impossible to really say with any certainty that an aerospace degree would limit you. There is so much mixture of disciplines these days. If you were to interview for a job that needed an ME and you demonstrated the required knowledge, I can't see the aero degree as being a hindrance.

    Ask yourself this: When you say you are interested in aerospace, what about aerospace is it that you would want to concentrate on? Perhaps the things you like are more along the lines of ME. You need to look at what you really would want to do and go from there.
     
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