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What could I do instead of engineering?

  1. Oct 29, 2015 #1
    It's not that I can't do the math, I'm just slow, and really don't want to take math for the rest of my life (which is what it feels like is going to happen if I stay in engineering). Math just, makes me really angry for some reason, and while I love science, I just don't want to have to do all of that math. I looked into EET, but at my school it basically requires the same amount of math anyway as an EE, so that's out. I really don't know what to do. Is there something I could do and still work at an engineering firm of some sort that doesn't require the math load?
     
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  3. Oct 29, 2015 #2

    analogdesign

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    You could work in Human Resources.
     
  4. Oct 29, 2015 #3

    Krylov

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    You could consider becoming a mathematician. Sometimes it is best to hug your enemy to death.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2015 #4

    billy_joule

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    That's unusual, did you check across a few schools?

    Many (or even most?) engineers never use the upper level math learnt at university.

    I didn't like math when I started engineering, now I want a job that uses it..
     
  6. Oct 30, 2015 #5
    That is what I keep being told, but I don't want to spend a few more years taking math classes just to get to the point where I don't have to take it anymore. Math makes me want to break things.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2015 #6

    Krylov

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    It often has the same effect on me, but I still love it. In a way math is not unlike women.
     
  8. Oct 30, 2015 #7
    Interesting take. I love the science, but not the loads of math.
     
  9. Oct 30, 2015 #8

    Krylov

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    Maybe it helps when you think of mathematics as just a language that helps you to precisely express yourself about the scientific problem at hand. I think for an engineer this would be a perfectly valid standpoint. Don't make mathematics more important than it is for you, perhaps be a bit more opportunistic?

    Maybe at one point you will even see the beauty of it? But if not, that is fine, too. Then it remains just a tool.
     
  10. Oct 30, 2015 #9

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    Perhaps you'd rather look into becoming a technician. You'll be able to work with engineers and maintain/repair their designs. Math is still needed, but not on the level of design. To do this, you should learn how to solder, build coaxial cables, CAD software, have an ability to read technical drawings and blueprints, use test equipment, and understand the basics of electronics theory. A degree program that states something like "engineering technician" that's hands on from a reputable school (not an online diploma mill) will give you some of this training. For experience you could always enlist into a "job" that's technically oriented, all branches have electronics technicians of some sort.

    That or you could go into biology. ;)
     
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