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Engineering Is mechanical engineering for me?

  1. Aug 31, 2012 #1
    Hello!

    This is my first post :D

    Most of my life, I've been wanting to be a medical doctor. I dumped that idea in 2008 (I graduated high school in 2009). Ever since then, it's been an off-and-on relationship. However, I ignore it because the reason I don't want to be a medical doctor is because of the long work hours and other factors that are irrelevant to my post.

    My point is that last year, I decided to study mechanical engineering at UNLV. I've been for two years at a community college, so I'll be transferring to UNLV next year after I'm done with physics. Yet, I'm not totally sure if it's the right career path for me. I read a book called Is there an engineer inside you? that made me pretty comfortable with my decision. I'm not the best at mathematics, but I do love the subject; I enjoy struggling to study new concepts and I've only been tutored twice in two years (my lowest class in math was a B once).

    To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what I would do with a mechanical engineering degree; that book was pretty vague. It was as vague as what it said was the general public's idea of what an engineer does.

    I considered architecture once, but like I told a UNLV advisor, "I'm not an artist." Science and math is my thing, and I know that's where I want to be. But is mechanical engineering right for me?

    mrtn
     
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  3. Aug 31, 2012 #2

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    One thing that's great about engineering degrees - they're very versatile. Engineers work in so many different environments, from hands-on work to sit-and-stare-at-a-computer work.

    What sort of things interest you? Do you like figuring out how things work? Building things? Programming?
     
  4. Aug 31, 2012 #3
    I don't know if it's a bad thing or not, but I'm interesting in most things that I come across. I love computer science (I'm no expert, but I like learning it. I'm currently trying to figure out linux after dual booting with windows), but I also like hands-on work.

    According to my microeconomics class, being a "jack of all trades" is not necessarily a good thing. It's more efficient when one specializes in one field. I've realized that for a while now, before I read that in my textbook.
     
  5. Sep 1, 2012 #4
    Why specifically mech E and why not chem E, EE, or civ E?

    BiP
     
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