#1

Since my dad has killed just about every dream I have ever had, I'm going to do what he wants me to do and become an engineer. What is it exactly that engineers do? I know they build stuff but more specific? What kind of education? And what's the pay like? my only goals in life are to make lots of money and have a nice car. I'm 16 so I still have some time. I didn't know or care what I wanted to be when I grew up because my dad always told me I couldn't anything I wanted but I hate not knowing what I want so I decided to just do what he wants.

#2

Education wise: University and then lots of training in work.

Also, use google for crying out loud.

Also, use google for crying out loud.

#3

Lots of maths and physics.

#4

Since my dad has killed just about every dream I have ever had, I'm going to do what he wants me to do and become an engineer. What is it exactly that engineers do? I know they build stuff but more specific? What kind of education? And what's the pay like?my only goals in life are to make lots of money and have a nice car.I'm 16 so I still have some time. I didn't know or care what I wanted to be when I grew up because my dad always told me I couldn't anything I wanted but I hate not knowing what I want so I decided to just do what he wants.

That won't be hard if you're an engineer, but you should really think about doing something else with your life.

#5

The highest paid bachelor's degrees in America are primarily engineering degrees. Engineering sucks.

#6

You study like a ****ing animal and apply science to (in theory) better society.

#7

They drive trains.

And post a lot in this thread:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1300408

And post a lot in this thread:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1300408

#8

Engineering takes a lot of hard work. I went to Purdue, which has a very prestigious engineering program. You'd best be doing it for yourself and not your dad if you want to motivate yourself to do all that work.

#9

Number One, don't listen to your dad. If he tells you that you can't do something, tell him to go **** himself.

Number Two, being so apathetic about your life is a good way to be miserable. Find something you're really interested in (and if you're dad said you can't do it, ignore that), and research it. See if it's a field you could stand working in, and if you can. even volunteer and prove your dad wrong.

Number Two, being so apathetic about your life is a good way to be miserable. Find something you're really interested in (and if you're dad said you can't do it, ignore that), and research it. See if it's a field you could stand working in, and if you can. even volunteer and prove your dad wrong.

#10

Since my dad has killed just about every dream I have ever had,I'm going to do what he wants me to doand become an engineer.

Do not do this. Do not.

I could give you a long involved reason, but I'm busy/it's my day off and I'd rather not think about Uni, so just believe me when I say I'm studying psychology, and this will lead to a shit load of problems later on in life.

EDIT: Also, if you're doing something you don't want to do, you'll have no motivation to do it, and will probably fail, wasting thousands of dollars in the process.

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#11

Anyway, TS, if you don't actually

*want*to study engineering, I can assure you, you're not going to finish the career.
#12

It depends on what discipline you want to go into within engineering. But if that's really not something that interests you, or that you are good in (Calculus, Physics, etc..) Then I would highly recommend not doing it. Do what you want, it's your life and you have one chance.

#13

Definitely this. There's too much work and studying to be done to just do it because your dad said to.Anyway, TS, if you don't actuallywantto study engineering, I can assure you, you're not going to finish the career.

#14

There are lots of kinds of Engineering. You have Civil Engineering. These guys design constructions such as bridges, roads, awesome buildings, and much more.

You have Mechanical Engineering. These guys design things such as engines, vehicles, heavy machinery, etc.

Software Engineering and Systems Engineering. These are the guys behind the construction of large software and computers systems. That's what I'm studying.

Aerospace Engineering. They design and build aircrafts, spacecrafts, and lots of awesome shit.

There are tons of kinds of Engineering branches, but they all deal with the systematic analysis and construction of awesome stuff going from specification and design, to testing and maintenance stages. I'd say that scientists discover shit. We put shit to use.

There are

As an engineer you also have to learn lots of boring stuff for us such as laws, administration, etc...

The money is good.

If you like that, it's awesome and go for engineering. But if you're not into that stuff my advice is to study something you love rather than what your dad wished you did.

You have Mechanical Engineering. These guys design things such as engines, vehicles, heavy machinery, etc.

Software Engineering and Systems Engineering. These are the guys behind the construction of large software and computers systems. That's what I'm studying.

Aerospace Engineering. They design and build aircrafts, spacecrafts, and lots of awesome shit.

There are tons of kinds of Engineering branches, but they all deal with the systematic analysis and construction of awesome stuff going from specification and design, to testing and maintenance stages. I'd say that scientists discover shit. We put shit to use.

There are

**lots**of maths and physics involved, specially if you deal with stuff that has mass (unlike software for example). As a Systems Engineering student, I have Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Physics 1, and Physics 2 courses. A friend in Materials Engineering has up to Physics 4, and Calculus 3 or 4. But there's always a need for these assignments.As an engineer you also have to learn lots of boring stuff for us such as laws, administration, etc...

The money is good.

If you like that, it's awesome and go for engineering. But if you're not into that stuff my advice is to study something you love rather than what your dad wished you did.

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#15

^ Don't forget differential equations: The heart and soul of engineering.

#16

^ Don't forget differential equations: The heart and soul of engineering.

Aren't they included in Calculus 1 and 2? Maybe the programs change from country to country but I've seen differential equations of one and two variables in Calculus 1 and 2.

#17

Do not do this. Do not.

I could give you a long involved reason, but I'm busy/it's my day off and I'd rather not think about Uni, so justbelieve me when I say I'm studying psychology, and this will lead to a shit load of problems later on in life.

EDIT: Also, if you're doing something you don't want to do, you'll have no motivation to do it, and will probably fail, wasting thousands of dollars in the process.

Then why do it?

#18

Engineering takes a lot of hard work. I went to Purdue, which has a very prestigious engineering program. You'd best be doing it for yourself and not your dad if you want to motivate yourself to do all that work.

NO WAY, i'm a freshmen at purdue right now!! any advice?

#19

Since my dad has killed just about every dream I have ever had, I'm going to do what he wants me to do and become an engineer. What is it exactly that engineers do? I know they build stuff but more specific? What kind of education? And what's the pay like? my only goals in life are to make lots of money and have a nice car. I'm 16 so I still have some time. I didn't know or care what I wanted to be when I grew up because my dad always told me I couldn't anything I wanted but I hate not knowing what I want so I decided to just do what he wants.

As an engineering student, I can say this with confidence:

If you're not motivated to study engineering it will fucking kill you

but to be fare, I find it enjoyable, very interesting and the pay is quite lovely, and their are awesome clubs/society like the Society of Automotive Engineers where we waist the university's/local sponsor's money building a Formula 1 car among other things.

So what do

*want to do?*

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#20

NO WAY, i'm a freshmen at purdue right now!!any advice?

What you understand by 'free time' is now and forever gone. That's not really a piece of advice, but I thought I'd just let you know.

#21

Screw engineering, do design.

#22

Here's how it is at Ohio State University:Aren't they included in Calculus 1 and 2? Maybe the programs change from country to country but I've seen differential equations of one and two variables in Calculus 1 and 2.

Calculus 1: Single variable differentiation

Calculus 2: Single variable integration

Calculus 3: Limits, Taylor Series, vector calculus

Calculus 4: Multi variable differentiation and integration

Differential equations: Ordinary, partial, linear, and nonlinear differential equations; Fourier series; boundary value problems.

Five required courses for every engineering going to Ohio State.

#23

Here's how it is at Ohio State University:

Calculus 1: Single variable differentiation

Calculus 2: Single variable integration

Calculus 3: Limits, Taylor Series, vector calculus

Calculus 4: Multi variable differentiation and integration

Differential equations: Ordinary, partial, linear, and nonlinear differential equations; Fourier series; boundary value problems.

Five required courses for every engineering going to Ohio State.

Pft, you should add a Laplace transform to your signature, so much more badass than Fourier series.

#24

Here's how it is at Ohio State University:

Calculus 1: Single variable differentiation

Calculus 2: Single variable integration

Calculus 3: Limits, Taylor Series, vector calculus

Calculus 4: Multi variable differentiation and integration

Differential equations: Ordinary, partial, linear, and nonlinear differential equations; Fourier series; boundary value problems.

Five required courses for every engineering going to Ohio State.

Indeed, it's different. Calculus 1 - 3 is Calculus 1 for me. Calculus 4 is Calculus 2 for me. Differential Equations are spread between Calculus 1 and 2.

#25

We didn't even cover Laplace transform in my diff eq course. We covered Laplace's equation; however, I highly doubt they're related.Pft, you should add a Laplace transform to your signature, so much more badass than Fourier series.

Wow. That's really interesting. I wonder if it was any easier or difficult doing diff eq while you were learning the calculus in order to do the diff eq.Indeed, it's different. Calculus 1 - 3 is Calculus 1 for me. Calculus 4 is Calculus 2 for me. Differential Equations are spread between Calculus 1 and 2.

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#26

What you understand by 'free time' is now and forever gone. That's not really a piece of advice, but I thought I'd just let you know.

I have heard people say that.. I have also head that if you budget your time wisely and study appropriately then you are fine. I met a person yesterday who is in rotc, a frat, and civil engineering. So any relevent advice?

#27

We didn't even cover Laplace transform in my diff eq course. We covered Laplace's equation; however, I highly doubt they're related.

I could compare solving a diff equation using Laplace transform to killing a mosquito using a Browning 50 cal, so damn powerful it makes you feel bad for the mosquito/equation.

#28

hahaha. That much over kill? I'll have to check if my diff eq text has a section/chapter on this.I could compare solving a diff equation using Laplace transform to killing a mosquito using a Browning 50 cal, so damn powerful it makes you feel bad for the mosquito/equation.

#29

Engineering sucks real badly. I am serious.

#30

I know lots of engineers; it seems like you have to enjoy it or you probably wont even make it through first semester.

Engineering is probably a good way to make a lot of money (7 of the top 10 paying degrees are engineering specialties), but it's certainly not the only way to get a high paying job from a university degree. Statistics/actuarial science, economics, physics, computer science, law, medicine and business are some other degrees that can lead to a high wage. So see if some of those interest you. You have to do something you enjoy or it's honestly probably not even worth getting paid well.

Engineering is probably a good way to make a lot of money (7 of the top 10 paying degrees are engineering specialties), but it's certainly not the only way to get a high paying job from a university degree. Statistics/actuarial science, economics, physics, computer science, law, medicine and business are some other degrees that can lead to a high wage. So see if some of those interest you. You have to do something you enjoy or it's honestly probably not even worth getting paid well.

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#31

I could compare solving a diff equation using Laplace transform to killing a mosquito using a Browning 50 cal, so damn powerful it makes you feel bad for the mosquito/equation.

When you do vibration analysis and you need to have a general answer, Laplace transforms makes things quite easier.

EDIT: Also TS, you will have little or negligible time to do things that you want to do. Want to go to some party Friday night? Best to eliminate such thoughts from now. Sure you might find 4 hours of time where you have no classes, but you'd most likely have some project to do during that time.

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#32

When you do vibration analysis and you need to have a general answer, Laplace transforms makes things quite easier.

Just like Fourier transforms for seismic analysis. Shame on you, TS, you will never be

*that*badass.

#33

I didn't know or care what I wanted to be when I grew up because my dad always told me I couldn't anything I wanted but I hate not knowing what I want so I decided to just do what he wants.

Also, by the sounds of it engineering is a pretty solid career. Your work terms pretty much pay off your tuition, and you usually have a job with whoever hired you as a student when you're done your education so it should be pretty decent. I'm thinking of doing engineering myself, taking all the math and sciences course I can in high school.

#34

you wont pass engineering unless you really want to be an engineer. grow some balls and do what you want with your life.

#35

I'm horrible with math just for the record

#36

I'm horrible with math just for the record

How

*bad*are we talking here? Can you do trigs and differentiation/integration well?

#37

biological engineering has a lot of potential in the upcoming years with stim cells and such.

get your phd in that then figure out artificial intelligence. then use it to destroy the world and prove your dad wrong.

get your phd in that then figure out artificial intelligence. then use it to destroy the world and prove your dad wrong.

#38

Well why are you evenI'm horrible with math just for the record

*considering*engineering? You know you don't have to do what your parents want, just pick a career that you like and will at least give you some financial stability, and if he can't see you're happy with your choice then he can fuck right off.

#39

Screw your dad. Do something YOU want to do, just to spite him. Prove him wrong and that you can be what you want. This is coming from an engineer whose father wanted him to be a doctor. My dad was the same way.

#40

Put in the most simple term: You're fucked. Being an engineering major, you're just a step or two away from being a math major. Difference between the math people and the engineers is that we like the applied science.I'm horrible with math just for the record