Hello! (I hope this is the right place for this thread.) I have a family member who is in need of some help, and PF has always been incredibly helpful and amazingly insightful with all of my problems, so I figured that this is worth a shot. So, as I said, I have a family member who is unhappy with his current lot in life. He started out working on a mechanical engineering degree in college, but through circumstances outside of his control, life got in the way; and he ended up pursuing a different path. The job that he currently has isn't challenging enough for him (his words). He would like to switch careers, but he has a family and financial obligations that don't allow him to move around freely. The thing is... he has a lot of applied knowledge and actual work experience gained through a lifetime of working in manufacturing from the ground floor up. He has the knowledge to do an engineering job, and even got an offer, but without having the official degree it has held him back. My personal belief is that he is very smart and could do it; but going back to college isn't a possibility right now, due to financial and time constraints. I really would like to do anything to help because it is hard to see a loved one boxed into an unfair situation--especially when he is being so valiant by holding onto an unhappy life for the well-being of others (his family). That is why I have come to PF. I must admit, I am very ignorant on the subject of engineering. If you do some snooping on my posts in PF, you will find out that I've only dealt with lower level high school mathematics (I also took a conceptual physics class). So, it pains me that I don't have any knowledge of how to help. That's where you come in. I would like to know if there is any way to take a certification class (sort of like a GED of mechanical engineering)? Are there other options? And what could they be? I am willing to do research myself, I just could use help in being pointed in the right direction. Any advice whatsoever would be greatly appreciated. I sincerely want him happy. Thank you for reading my sentimental post, and I look forward to your answers.