Should I Pursue a BEng or MEng for Engineering Physics/Mechatronics?

In summary, Some advice suggests that an MEng would be more beneficial for a career in engineering, as it allows for design, simulation, and experimental work. However, others have had success with a BEng and are able to perform these tasks as well. The difference between a BEng in engineering physics and a BSc in physics with an MEng in engineering physics may not be significant to potential employers. However, a MEng is the minimum requirement for more advanced roles in engineering. Additionally, the value of a BEng may vary depending on industry and type of engineering.
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Was wondering if a BEng is enough or a MEng would be better for my career choice.

Firstly, I'm deciding between engineering physics and mechatronics engineering.

I talked to a grad student at my university who done a BEng in electrical engineering, and is now doing a MEng in engineering physics, and he said that if you do just a BEng then you will end up as a maintenance engineer, whereas if you do an MEng you will be doing engineering design, simulation and experimental and lab work.

Is this true? He did tell me that he applied for design, simulation and lab based positions and had no luck getting them, and is now why he's doing an MEng.

I would much rather do the design, simulation and experimental and lab based work/positions.

Can anyone clear this up for me?

Also, what would be the difference to a potential employer if I were to eng phys BEng and continue on to do a MEng in eng phys, opposed to doing a B Sc in physics and a MEng in eng phys? Would he consider me "different" whether I do my bachelors degree in eng phys or physics.

By "different" I mean is the engineering position more likely to go to someone with a BEng in eng phys rather than a B Sc in physics, even though we'ed both have an MEng in eng phys?
 
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For your first concern. Now a days, hardly anyone cares about BEng. Why? Because everyone and their mother has a BEng, so-to-speak. MEng will get you just about wherever you want to be in your engineering career. The PhD option is reserved mainly for R&D's of course.
 
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So the BEng won't land me anything like lab work and experimentation, or designing and simulating, say for eng phys, laser systems, or robotics and automated systems for mechatronics? Is that true?

What will the BEng do for me if this is true?
 
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A BEng is will let you do lab work and experimental stuff but you won't be running the show. You will be performing the work for a higher up engineer. If you want to do any kind of experimental or development work then a MEng is the minimum. You may want to look into getting your PE as well.
 
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I find this a bit strange...

I have a BSc Engineering (I guess that is probably better than a BEng, but I'm sure not by much :tongue:) and i work in a design function where I do a lot of experimentation and lab work. I'm the highest ranking engineer in my project team at the moment and i get to tell the designers what to draw where and when. The people above me are managers, not engineers. I did my share of maintainence engineering for 2 years, but for a automotive giant, which was pretty cool, and I've had my current position and function for a year now (so only 3 years out of varsity)
 
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I guess it may depend on which type of industry and which type of engineering you do. As for Bsc engineering vs BEng, I would say BEng would be better. Now B A Sc would be equivalent to BEng.

I was going to do a B Sc in engineering physics in Scotland, and talked to McMaster university, and they said they may not be equivalent since it would have to be BEng or
B A Sc.
 

1. Should I pursue a BEng or MEng for Engineering Physics/Mechatronics?

It ultimately depends on your career goals and interests. A BEng degree typically focuses more on the practical application of engineering principles, while an MEng degree delves deeper into theoretical concepts and research. If you are interested in a career in industry or working on specific engineering projects, a BEng may be a better option. However, if you are interested in pursuing a career in research or academia, an MEng may be a better fit.

2. What is the difference between a BEng and MEng degree?

A BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) is an undergraduate degree that typically takes 3-4 years to complete. It focuses on the application of engineering principles in real-world situations. An MEng (Master of Engineering) is a graduate-level degree that usually takes an additional 1-2 years to complete after obtaining a BEng. It focuses on advanced theoretical concepts and research in a specific area of engineering.

3. Will I have better job prospects with a BEng or MEng degree?

Both BEng and MEng degrees can lead to successful careers in engineering. However, an MEng degree may provide more opportunities for higher-level positions in research, development, and management. It also may lead to higher salaries and more specialized job roles.

4. Can I switch from a BEng to MEng or vice versa?

It is possible to switch from a BEng to an MEng or vice versa, depending on your academic performance and the requirements of the university. However, it may require additional coursework or a longer time to complete the degree. It is best to discuss this with your academic advisor before making a decision.

5. Is a BEng or MEng degree more challenging?

Both BEng and MEng degrees require a strong understanding of math and science principles. However, an MEng degree may have more advanced and specialized coursework, making it more challenging. It also involves a research project or thesis, which can be demanding. Ultimately, the level of difficulty will depend on your strengths and interests.

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