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    Quote Originally Posted by allegorystory View Post
    So lately it's really come to my attention that I would perhaps like to go to school for engineering.

    I guess I have this grande idea in my mind that engineering should be about innovative invention, finding out how things work, improving upon old technologies, creativity.

    Those are all things I am very attracted to. I know that there is probably a disconnect between my fantasy and reality, but I want to know how big that gap is.

    Does anyone who has had experience with engineering or engineers have any advice for someone interested in this field? What can I expect? What are some of the more forward-moving branches of engineering? Civic? Mechanical? Electrical? Chemical? Am I completely disillusioned?
    What can you expect? Only this:



    There is another one where Sheldon (theoretical physicist) describes engineering as the "slow, younger brother to physics."

    On a more serious note, I have several engineering friends and you would totally fit in with them.

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    Haha ouch!

    "Engineering: where the noble semi-skilled labourers execute the visions of those who think and dream"

    Somehow I think Tesla would take offense to that.

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    hahah! I love that show! sheldon is so out of whack INTJ it slays me. (especially since I have an INTJ friend who is sheldon's clone sans the asexual thing Sheldon has going on there.)

    Tesla who? David Bowie Tesla? Nikolai Tesla? Tesla a poster here who's rage I have now asked for? Tesla Coil from C&C red alert?!

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    I've seen this attitude especially in America, to say that becoming a physicist is like a higher level and engineering a lower. I really dont see the need for why people are making it so hard on themselves and it prolly only results in the fact that you have more physicists in the end and lack engineers. Making a challenge out of things definitly invokes a battle for the best quality but saying that some jobs are for more intelligent people than others is stupid in my eyes.

    Same with the other guy who said mechanical engineering is for istp's. Lol, well thanks for that, dunno what prejudices you hold against istp's. Obviously this guy never done a stress-deformation FEM analysis in ansys of a construction you did yourself. Or a thermical analysis of the heat distribution in your computer casing. Those things are fun and have nothing to do with just selecting from existing specifications. In my country mechanical engineers are always aswell the leader in projects, because they have to bear the greatest responsibility. If a circuit fries short that doesnt matter so much as like the wrong steel was choosen and the whole thing collapses. That means if you study mechanical, you automatically study management, organisation and teambuilding.

    If you want to do the most innovative work your future definitly is in mechanical engineering too, cause we are living in times of innovation at the moment and judging from the many different job positions freeing up on development project teams, I think there's a lot going on. Think the two hottest fields are in the energy sector or becoming a mechanical engineer that on the same time has qualifications for dealing with i.e. low tension voltages. Probably intresting in the automotive sector in the future.

    Dunno but whatever you do, go by your heart. If everyone around you makes a challenge out of it and tells you you are stupid cause you didnt make it to noble-prize rocket scientist so be it. At least your own heart is in the right place. And let those nerds become lab rats. Those people all life far away from the real world and wont be as often as you be in the daily newspaper, cause you are an engineer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    hahah! I love that show! sheldon is so out of whack INTJ it slays me. (especially since I have an INTJ friend who is sheldon's clone sans the asexual thing Sheldon has going on there.
    They talk way too much about sex. The show has technical errors. And I never understood how a PhD physicist like Sheldon can't afford to pay the rent on his own in an apartment building affordable to a waitress. Still, Sheldon is correct about engineering in some respects.
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    And of course you can build your own cnc machine disregardless of what field you've choosen :

    CNC Machine selfmade
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    Quote Originally Posted by allegorystory View Post
    I'm confused as to what being female has to do with any of that. Anecdotal correlation =/= causation yo. But I can see myself being attracted to something more people oriented simply cause I'm extroverted.
    I should correct myself. I know several female mechanical and software engineers who has been at it for more than a decade. But I have never met a practicing female electrical design engineer over 30. I find it surprising, because there should be no gender correlation.

    I'm not trying to discourage you. It would be refreshing to see more women in this field. But if I had any female friends who are considering entering the profession, I would encourage them to talk to others who have take the path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    I've seen this attitude especially in America, to say that becoming a physicist is like a higher level and engineering a lower. I really dont see the need for why people are making it so hard on themselves and it prolly only results in the fact that you have more physicists in the end and lack engineers. Making a challenge out of things definitly invokes a battle for the best quality but saying that some jobs are for more intelligent people than others is stupid in my eyes.

    Same with the other guy who said mechanical engineering is for istp's. Lol, well thanks for that, dunno what prejudices you hold against istp's. Obviously this guy never done a stress-deformation FEM analysis in ansys of a construction you did yourself. Or a thermical analysis of the heat distribution in your computer casing. Those things are fun and have nothing to do with just selecting from existing specifications. In my country mechanical engineers are always aswell the leader in projects, because they have to bear the greatest responsibility. If a circuit fries short that doesnt matter so much as like the wrong steel was choosen and the whole thing collapses. That means if you study mechanical, you automatically study management, organisation and teambuilding.

    If you want to do the most innovative work your future definitly is in mechanical engineering too, cause we are living in times of innovation at the moment and judging from the many different job positions freeing up on development project teams, I think there's a lot going on. Think the two hottest fields are in the energy sector or becoming a mechanical engineer that on the same time has qualifications for dealing with i.e. low tension voltages. Probably intresting in the automotive sector in the future.

    Dunno but whatever you do, go by your heart. If everyone around you makes a challenge out of it and tells you you are stupid cause you didnt make it to noble-prize rocket scientist so be it. At least your own heart is in the right place. And let those nerds become lab rats. Those people all life far away from the real world and wont be as often as you be in the daily newspaper, cause you are an engineer
    Thanks man This was really awesome of you to say. Kind of embodies the spirit that I feel for engineering. I just want to make stuff. Cool stuff. Help innovate. Be challenged. But so far I've run into a lot of prejudices against engineering in the "academic world." People tell me "engineers are assholes" "engineers are stupid" "engineers are just failed physicists." Doesn't seem right. Theoretical physics is way interesting, but who are you kidding? You're not going to be the next Feynman.

    Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is, I do like a certain level of practicality. I like to be able to innovate in the physical realm. At least, I think I have more of a knack for it. Merging the theory with the practise. Now THAT'S where it's at. And I really think my heart's into engineering. I like to take things apart to see how they fit together, read books on electrical mechanics in my spare time, build little gadgets with the knowledge I have. It's really something I derive great joy from. But part of me thinks I should just keep it as a hobby.

    But anyway, I'm emoting a lot. It's just a subject I'm pretty fond of.

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    We should mark our calendars. You got more empathy from an ENTP than an INFP. D:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not_Me View Post
    I should correct myself. I know several female mechanical and software engineers who has been at it for more than a decade. But I have never met a practicing female electrical design engineer over 30. I find it surprising, because there should be no gender correlation.

    I'm not trying to discourage you. It would be refreshing to see more women in this field. But if I had any female friends who are considering entering the profession, I would encourage them to talk to others who have take the path.
    Ok, gotcha. So are you implying that electrical engineering is less people-oriented than, say, mechanical? This is a genuine question, by the way. I have no idea. Entropie seems to suggest that, at least in Germany, mechanical engineers do a lot more people stuff (management, team building, organisation, etc.) which I find pretty attractive (that's hot, baby). But it's not imperative. I'd like to go into something that's more interested in innovation, where I constantly need to be learning. Unless that's all fields, which is cool, too.

    So far mechanical and electrical are at a draw.

    And also! I know Canada offers a female engineering scholarship, which is pretty awesome. Very useful! If I got it.

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