#1
I am about to get into engineering and study it too, and maybe even go somewhere in life with it.

Can you guys tell me some stuff about it?

All forms too, including mechanical, electrical, etc.

Also, please tell me about things I can do to improve engineering skills, like certain types of math/sciences.


Thanks.
#2
Oh hell eyah ditto everything that guys said. im pretty much set on it. got maths and physics going and im thinging aerospace engineering since there are aiplane manufacturing plants nearby! =D
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hey man. im studying first year engineering at uni at the mo in New Zealand. what kinda stuff u wana know? it really helps to have calculus and physics really sorted cause thats basically the key to everything. What sort of engineering u guna do?
#4
Mainly electrical. It's always fascinated me the way people know how to put elements together to show images on screens, and make pressing buttons do something that effects the device.

So mainly along the lines of that. Aerospace engineering will be perfect to discuss to, for the person who posted first.
#5
Also, things like building submarines and coming up with certain designs for ships, submarines and airplanes. That's interesting too, and I'd like to learn about it as well.
#6
A lot of my friends are doing engineering. It's got a good payoff, as long as you don't mind like 40 hours of class a week...
#7
I'm currently an engineer, just having graduated with an EE major. If you're thinking about it:

MEs are more fun than EEs. that is a fact.

EE is somewhat harder, but I believe pays a bit more on avg.

computer engineering probably gives you the most options out of college.

You need to take advantage of professors office hours early and often. Even if you think you know the material, it helps to review.

Do homework and study in groups. Especially groups with people smarter than you.

If you can get an internship, do it!

Don't do it if you're not interested in it. While i did mention some engineers make a bit more than others, this is not a job to go into to make money. Finance, economics, etc is going to give you a lot more free time in school while making you more dough. But if you like engineering, there's no substitute.

So long as you come out of there with study and learning skills, and good circuits/electronics knowledge, you'll be good. The specialized classes will help you find something you are interested in, but a job won't really take for granted that you are great at DSP or something. They will assume that you know circuits.

Pick a good school, of course. You will probably be in small classes pretty soon, and you want to be around awesome and personable professors and students.
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#8
to be honest you best bet is do go sumwhere where you can get a good look at the discipline u want to look at. mayb go to s acollege or wateva and get sumone to show u around
#10
Thanks a lot, sirpsycho85. That was very helpful.

By EE and ME, you mean electrical and mechanical engineering?

And also, could you tell me some basics about circuits, please?

Once again, thanks a lot!
#11
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Thanks a lot, sirpsycho85. That was very helpful.

By EE and ME, you mean electrical and mechanical engineering?

And also, could you tell me some basics about circuits, please?

Once again, thanks a lot!


nothing i could possibly tell you better than a basic circuits book. start real basic and make sure you completely understand everything. this will make a few lessons in college seem like review and you'll really have a great grasp on the fundamentals.

yeah, EE = electrical engineering, ME = you know.
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#12
anyone a chemical engineer? cause i am planning to make that my major when i go to college
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anyone a chemical engineer? cause i am planning to make that my major when i go to college

One of my friend's was planning on going into that, but then he switched to mechanical because it's better for your future.
#14
I want to get into engineering, Electrical or Mechanical (or automotive) but I cannot do maths, physics is fine, my electronic skills are fine but I do not want to get into a subject/job that relys heavily on a subject I hate.


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I'm a Training Consultant "true check my profile" I specialise in getting guys like you into apprenticeships in engineering".

It is advisable to have some kinda Idea on what it is you want to do as it's such a broad sector and there are many different apprenticeship programme's.

Best thing to do is have a chat with your local college (if they deliver engineering) and see about apprenticeships. Also if you find the work placement part of it yourself by appliying to companies locally it is a thousant times easier.

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The best thing about engineering is tormenting young apprentices. Apart from that it can get pretty boring sometimes. Luckily it pays enough to be able to consume large amounts of alcohol in order to pass the time more quickly.
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#17
Can anyone give me some basic details on Nuclear Engineering? My cousin is going to college for it, and she claims that it would really interest me. Don't get me wrong, I know I'm only going into 10th grade, but I like to think about my future. I'm going into Trig/Pre-Calc for next year (which is two years above average, it's the highest they'll let me go) and I'm also taking CHS (College in High School) Chemistry. I should be doing AP physics next year, and god knows what the next. I should also have Calc 2 under my belt by the time I'm out of high school. Is this a good field for someone with my skills/interests? Thanks UG!
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#18
Actually, the enrgy from fission comes from the conversion of matter -> energy.
The mass of the products of fission is not equal to the mass of the original fissile nucleus, the difference veing described by the mass-energy equivalence formula.
#19
Thanks to Magnus and Mighty, they were both interesting reads. How does the salary of a Nuclear engineer compare to other engineering jobs and other jobs in general? I'm also interested in these kinds of things, so if anyone has anything to add, feel free. Thanks everyone!

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Also, i believe the government(in the UK at least) hasn't yet ruled out an expansion of nuclear power, so there could well be more jobs in the field in the future.
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Also, i believe the government(in the UK at least) hasn't yet ruled out an expansion of nuclear power, so there could well be more jobs in the field in the future.


That's a good thing for those in the UK, I'm glad to hear it's gaining popularity. Nuclear power seems like the way of the future to me, either that or hydrogen power. Personally I'd suggest hydrogen, but that's off topic. Too bad I live in the US
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#22
Just keep your physics and math skills strong and you'll be prepared for engineering.

I'm currently a motorsport engineering student at Oxford-Brookes and I love it.
#23
That's cool. I live in Pennsylvania, and I haven't found any place that I want to go to for sure. I've visited the University of Pittsbugh (Pitt) and State College (Penn State). So far I like Penn State the most. Yes, it's further from home, but the overall environment there is just great. People are much more reasonable there than most other places I've looked. I think it's good not only to go somewhere and get a solid education, but try to go somewhere you like too. It won't hurt.
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#24
im not a EE, but i do have friends that are (im a civil). from what ive seen, EE is pretty hard. my friends had to take some pretty advanced **** like vector calculus and whatnot. and they also have to learn how to code in various languages (im not sure which). but thats all for stuff like logic design. so if anything, id suggest you learn how to code in something like C++. and gl
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#25
I'm in third year EE now, and yeah, it's hard. But that doesn't really matter if you enjoy what you're doing.
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hey man. im studying first year engineering at uni at the mo in New Zealand. what kinda stuff u wana know? it really helps to have calculus and physics really sorted cause thats basically the key to everything. What sort of engineering u guna do?

Hey dude I is wundering if itz peeps lyk you hoo is reponsible 4 that brige collapsing in Minneapolis!!

Please tell me that today's Engineering students are smarter than this lot of boneheads.
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#27
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Rule 1 of engineering. Design it so it can be maintained/repaired.
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Troubleshooting & Repair > designing.
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And your shit does stink.


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#29
I have now got an HND in Architectural Engineering I'm now going to Strathclyde University to study an Honours degree in Architectural Engineering starting in the second year. I have been recommended to buy this book

http://www.amazon.com/Engineering-Mathematics-K-Stroud/dp/0831133279/ref=sr_1_1/104-1102158-1700700?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186670149&sr=1-1

Does anyone here have it or recommend it or is their another book i should check out that would help me with this course?
Does anyone here have any experience in Architectural Engineering?
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I have now got an HND in Architectural Engineering I'm now going to Strathclyde University to study an Honours degree in Architectural Engineering starting in the second year. I have been recommended to buy this book

http://www.amazon.com/Engineering-Mathematics-K-Stroud/dp/0831133279/ref=sr_1_1/104-1102158-1700700?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186670149&sr=1-1

Does anyone here have it or recommend it or is their another book i should check out that would help me with this course?
Does anyone here have any experience in Architectural Engineering?
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#31
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Take a lot of science and math classes in high school. ESPECIALLY math. You have no idea how much taking Calculus in high school helped me. Electrical is actually pretty easy to do things for: You play guitar. Learn about how all the electronics work on the guitar and amp then mess around with them.

And on aerospace enginering...its basically the same as getting a mechanical engineering degree with a specialty in avionics, at least at my school. The difference is only two classes.
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#33
I'm thinking of applying for mechanical engineering at edinburgh uni next year, but I'm still gonna apply for physics at Durham... unless anyone can convnce me engineering is better?
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#34
as a vague note about more specific branches of engineering like nuclear...it's just that they're not going to let a junior engineer near a reactor. however, if you have generally good knowledge (circuits, physics!), grades, etc you will get interviews. Of course masters increases your chance of getting a job... a masters in physics for example will land interviews for engineering jobs b/c they know its easier to teach a physics brain engineering basics than to try and teach engineers physics.
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#35
I'm an EE, and I work at a nuke plant (betcha can't guess which one!) as a component engineer. But even though I'm an EE, I end up working on ME stuff (lots of valves and pipes), and SE (software engineer) and CE (computer engineer) stuff (lots of programming). Being an engineer doesn't mean you know all the answers, but you know where to find them. It also means you know how to learn.

I love engineering, and I love math. Most useful skill to have? Being able to do multiplication/division in my head.
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#36
Im only in high school but im in this thing called the engineering academy. And im not totally sure what I wanna do so far but i thinking about maybe Environmental or Civil. Mainly because of the fact that i dont want to sit at a desk the whole time and with those you get to do a good bit of field work.
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