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Finished 2nd yr civil Swap to mech?

  1. Nov 12, 2009 #1
    So Ive just finished 2nd yr of civil eng...and am considering swapping to mechanical :/

    Since i started engineering ive been kinda unsure of which branch i want to get into. Studying engineering and the principles involved i know engineering is for me, just need to decide which ;). Its just between civil and mech atm. I also did consider elec and though i love computers and gadgets doubt il enjoy the circuitry etc much enjoy more spatial problems i can visualise better. I enjoy maths and app maths, fluids and structures, dont really enjoy geology and some other civil subjects

    Studying structural design 1 as well as doing some vac work etc has made civil eng seem much more mundane and boring than i anticipated. Though ive done quite allright in terms of marks etc, im not sure i want to do this for the rest of my life.

    Mech seems a lot broader and i am considering changing to mech because of this, it would broaden my horizons and give me time to think about what i want to do with my life. If i wana get back into civil, i can do so with a mech degree as the area of civil that interested me was structural anyways?

    Now that i think about it, i also prefer the idea working with smaller components and then doing testing and research on em rather than the idea of large buildings and structures where no testing and tweaking etc is required and all thats needed is to comply with regulations and make sure it stands :/.
    I would think mech would give me greater challenges and satisfaction when designing something.
    I've always enjoyed taking things apart. Like Computers.Solving problems and tweaking things as well. I also can see myself enjoying 3D CAD. I am drawn to more visually oriented activities such as photography and graphic design etc.

    Looking at the final year design projects..the mech projects (esp the mechatronics stream) seem much much more interesting and fun to me than the civil projects :/

    Though i wonder if mech eng is much more interesting and worth the extra year il have to do..and if the work il be able to get in my country will on be anything amazing. Civil will get me eventually designing structures and buildings im sure which would be fun, but mech, not sure where it would take me. I dont want to get into mech only to find the jobs available are only designing aircons or sumn :/. Guess im scared. Its a big life changing decision

    Any suggestions?
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2009
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  3. Nov 13, 2009 #2
    Can you speak with alumni, professors, and your career services department to see what kind of jobs MEs and CEs end up with from your school / country? Without knowing the country it's hard to help much (not that I'd personally be helpful outside the US). If you check this and the academic forum you can find some civil vs mechanical discussions, which may be more or less relevant.
  4. Dec 2, 2009 #3
    I'm also in a similar situation as you SkyW.

    Any insight guys?
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