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Help on Senior Elective for Mechanical Engineering

  1. Jun 14, 2009 #1
    Group 1:

    ME 422 ---- Introduction to Combustion
    ME 423 ---- Intermediate Mechanics of Deformable solids
    ME 425 ---- Experimental Mechanics
    ME 426 ---- Introduction to Composite Materials
    ME 432 ---- Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
    ME 440 ---- Aerospace Engineering Fundamentals
    ME 444 ---- Automotive Engines
    ME 457 ---- Mechatronic System Modeling and Simulation
    ME 464 ---- Intermediate Dynamics
    ME 465 ---- Computer Aided Optimal Design
    ME 477 ---- Manufacturing Processes
    ME 478 ---- Product Development
    ME 494 ---- Biofluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
    ME 495 ---- Tissue Mechanics
    ME 497 ---- Biomechanical Design

    Group 2:

    ME 416 ---- Computer Assisted Design of Thermal Systems
    ME 417 ---- Design of Alternative Energy Systems
    ME 422 ---- Turbomachinery
    ME 445 ---- Automotive Powertrain Design
    ME 456 ---- Mechatronic System Design
    ME 475 ---- Computer Adied Design of Structures

    Im a Junior at Michigan State University and these are the senior elective that are offered at MSU for Mechanical Engineering. I was hoping to get some advice on which classes I should take because I want to take classes that will help me to get a good job and which are more required by most jobs, as in which ones are more in demand for the working world. My ideal field to work would be at Boeing, GE, or any other major company. I just want to take classes that will benefit me at my job the most. I have to select 4 classes from Group 1 and 2 classes from Group 2. Basically, I want to take that classes that will land me a good job with a good income, say like $ 70K or so, because I know these classes deal with programs that are used by many mechanical engineers in the working world.
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  3. Jun 14, 2009 #2
    You need to think about what you are interested in doing for your career, what you think you can sell yourself to a potential employer as capable and interested in doing. If you have no interest whatsoever in thermal systems, then don't do ME 416. If you think that thermal energy systems are the thing for you, then ME 416 should probably be in your list.

    Nobody can tell you what to take. You have to decide who you are and what you are interested in doing. Nobody is going to hire you to do a job that you cannot project a real sincere interest in. So think hard-- this is serious. Its time to grow up and decide what you want to be when you grow up.
  4. Jun 15, 2009 #3
    Thanks for the reply. I understand that one has to consider their interests before they decide which classes to take when they are a senior. However, my problem is that I want to know which classes offer subjects that are more in demand for an ideal Mechanical Engineer who wants to work for Boeing. All of the classes listed above interest me and I am willing to put in the effort in each and everyone of them but I can't because that will take additional 2-3 years, I just don't know which ones will benefit me more in the long run.
  5. Jun 16, 2009 #4
    Well its all relative isn't it, Boeing (or any massive company) has research and design in many many areas. There is no 'best' thing to take.

    When making module decisions never concern yourself about what someone else would want of you above what you feel is best for you. Its a slippery slope to landing a job you think you want but actually hate.

    Although you say that you like them all there have to be some that grip you better than others. Even if its only marginally.

    The other tip if you are allowed to do it at your uni is just put what you think may possibly be best, then go to all the lectures in the first week or fortnight to get a feel for it, then just change modules. Thats what I ended up doing will all my modules in 3rd and 4th years.
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