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Mechanical Engineering Path

  1. Sep 30, 2010 #1
    I'm new to this site. This concern that I have has various parts. Here we go.

    I started out studying CE up to sophmore year at FAMU-FSU School of Engineering and ended up completing a B.A. in Math at another university in 1998 (financial issues). Joined the Navy in 1999 and about to leave in 2011. I've done some "nuke" training (2 yrs) and then transferred to a career in logistics as a Supply Officer (10 yrs). I'm thinking about completing a course in program management prior to leaving the Navy. I love Harley Motorcycles and plan to attend Motorcycle Mechanics Institute - Orlando for about 60-66 weeks. Upon completion I'd like to return to an institute of higher learning in central FL or FL itself to complete my engineering education, but this time in ME. Any insight as to how I should structure my path through the world of ME? Subjects that I should re-do prior to/at start?

    Thanks for whatever professional advise that you can give.
     
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  3. Sep 30, 2010 #2

    Mech_Engineer

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    Honestly, I think you'll have to start from scratch. I don't think any universities will take classes from MMI as credit, and classes more than 10 years old probably won't count either.
     
  4. Sep 30, 2010 #3
    I really only want the MMI experience for me and it could also help my brain engage in something mechanically hands on prior to start of university courses. As for the university classes, sounds correct. I just didn't want to take any English Composition or Humanities courses. Math and Science, no problem. I'd do over what's needed willingly so that I don't have to struggle in higher level courses.
     
  5. Sep 30, 2010 #4

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    It's all going to depend on the university, their academic policies, and how willing the academic advisor is to work with you. Still, I wouldn't hold my breath.

    I would have loved to substitude many of my general education prerequisites for more tech electives, but universities are required to teach certain kinds of courses to be accredited. It seems to me a mechanical engineer is better off taking composites and advanced thermodynamics than world history and philosophy, but what do I know... :yuck:
     
  6. Sep 30, 2010 #5
    I spoke to a counselor today and it may be acceptable that I be exempt from general ed. prerequisites, but I strongly believe that I will engage in the necessary math and science requisites. From start to finish, I have to knock it out in 3 years. Are you familiar with the UCF ME program? Thanks.
     
  7. Sep 30, 2010 #6

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    I'm not at all familiar with academia, but I strongly encourage you to do whatever it takes... even if that means having to stare at a painting once in a while. You obviously have an attraction to, and appreciation of, engineering. The folks on this site are not indicative of the general populace. In real life, you would be an idol.
    By the bye... as a Canuk, I have no use whatsoever for the beaurocracy behind the US military, but I'm also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion and thus have an immense respect for the men and women in uniform of any nation. My beret is off to you.
     
  8. Sep 30, 2010 #7
    @Danger - Thank you. My cap is off to you too. It just bugs me that I never completed the engineering degree that I wanted. I'll definitely work on it. It seems that my affinity for motorcycle should help fit right it with the ME world. I have a math education that I haven't used since graduation so I'm going to engage in something that I strongly believe that I will embrace. Thank you all. I'll be back through, especially if I have questions.
     
  9. Sep 30, 2010 #8

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    Even if you don't have questions, at least drop in at General Discussion once in a while to say "hi" and let us know how you're doing.
     
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