Here's a bit of my background... I started university late, and wanted to be a lawyer. I did an undergrad degree in Political Science, trying to get into Law, but my grades weren't that good near the end and decided I hated school but still stuck it out to get all the credits I needed to graduate. I then immediately did a trade apprenticeship as a steamfitter-pipefitter (we build oil refineries, nuke plants, mine processing facilities, pulp and paper mills). As a journeyman I'm making over $100,000.00 a year. The only problem is, I get bored sometimes and feel like I could do more. I am also sick of working on the road, and just want to work steady for a major oil company. If I can't get a good job easily with the mech-eng degree and get a better quality of life, then I don't see any point. I have worked with many engineers and I make more $ than almost if not all of them, but their job may have more steady demand (I don't know). I am almost 32, and probably have $300K in savings (I am cheap/single and work shitloads of OT), and I wonder if I wouldn't be happier if I tried going back to school for engineering. I am not really a people person, I like working with tools and blue prints. I can do basic math and chemistry, but I screwed up in high school and never got all the classes I needed then. It sounds like the job market is really cut throat for engineers (everyone seems to want to be one these days), and I am obviously behind in age. I have a ton of industrial work experience, but everything is so specialized that I'm worried that they wouldn't see that as valuable. You people will probably read this and think I'm crazy and strange (which I am), but I know I could do the degree if I applied myself, just don't know if it's worth it. Also I'm already considered "overqualified" by having a degree that I already don't use directly, plus my trade tickets, and this can work against you as HR tends to pigeonhole people who are educated in more than one area or write you off as someone who can't succeed and thus tries different fields.