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How to learn general engineering ?

  1. May 9, 2014 #1
    How to learn "general engineering"?


    I'm a third year physics bachelor student. I'd like to learn how to apply my physics knowledge to the design of products. Which skills do you think should I try to learn? Like: 3D design, technical drawing, electronics...

    In other words: once I know the "science" of what I'm trying to do which skills would I need to "make" it?

    Thank you for your time.
    Last edited: May 9, 2014
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  3. May 9, 2014 #2
    Sure, you need CAD-CAM skills, for an engineering type job, absolutely. But then, you also need industry specific skills. Injection molding, robotic assembly, materials science, electronics,... there are many possibilities. too many to enumerate. Mechanical Engineering probably comes closest to 'matching' to your background.
    The following are - as you should know - products:
    Ford F-150
    Allstate Homeowners Insurance
    Hubble Space Telescope
    Gold coins
    Uranium fuel rods
    Burj Khalifa
    Other than requiring strong analytical and problem solving skills, what do they all share in common??
    (Hint: its about people, not things; the interpersonal, not the technical).
  4. May 9, 2014 #3
    They all require knowledge from different fields? I don't know.

    I realize my question could sound a bit naive. I've edited it.
  5. May 10, 2014 #4


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    If you want to design and engineer products, why are you in a physics program? The tools and courses you need are more generally found in the basic engineering undergrad curriculum.
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