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OfflineTedwilto
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Anyone here have a degree in engineering?
    #11184155 - 10/05/09 01:09 AM (8 years, 19 days ago)

What kinda engineering did you major in? Enjoy it? Likes/dislikes? General thoughts?

Im currently in my first year of engineering physics. Its going pretty well. SO far all the math is making sense and the physics is fun, just the labs are rather boring and tedious so far.

By far my favourite part of my program is the physics so much so that I may end up switching and majoring in physics next year, havent decided.

Anyways, wheres all the engineeers at?


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Tedwilto]
    #11184208 - 10/05/09 01:22 AM (8 years, 19 days ago)

Im not an engineer, I have a degree in physics (but Im not yet a physicist).  It is very fun but I have to admit Im jealous of engineers a bit because they can get jobs!

You say the math is making sense, what math have you taken?  You are a first year so I assume you haven't taken linear algebra or diff eqs yet?

Anyway, Ill let the engineers come in here and represent, since I dont really know much about engineering.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: DieCommie]
    #11184224 - 10/05/09 01:27 AM (8 years, 19 days ago)

I am currently in linear algebra and a basic calc class. Linear algebra isnt too hard yet but i can tell its gonna take off.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Tedwilto]
    #11185190 - 10/05/09 07:58 AM (8 years, 19 days ago)

> By far my favourite part of my program is the physics so much so that I may end up switching and majoring in physics next year

Unless you are going to get a phd and teach, there isn't a lot of pay in a physics degree.

> the labs are rather boring and tedious so far.

They really don't get any better.  The best way to get real lab experience is to find a professor that is doing research that you are interested in and bug them until they give you a job working for them.  You might have to start out working for free, but the opportunities that open up once you get a foot in the door are amazing.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Seuss]
    #11185331 - 10/05/09 09:08 AM (8 years, 19 days ago)

Unless you are going to get a phd and teach, there isn't a lot of pay in a physics degree.

Yeah. You should instead get a degree in a discipline that helps mankind and adds to its knowledge. Something like finance. You can help humanity from Wall Street then.

It's such a fucked up world we live in where bankers out-earn scientists. :sad:


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Diploid]
    #11185506 - 10/05/09 10:16 AM (8 years, 19 days ago)

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It's such a fucked up world we live in where bankers out-earn scientists. :sad:




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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Tedwilto]
    #11210308 - 10/08/09 09:37 PM (8 years, 16 days ago)

I'm in my fourth year of electrical engineering in the States.

I can't say there is a specific topic that I really enjoy. I do find it fascinating how complex everyday items actually are, and that an engineer had a hand in creating all of it(ie flash drive, or cellphone etc).

As above posters have stated, you probably want to stay away from pure physics.

Where do you go to school in Ontario? I have a few friends that just graduated from UWO's chem.E program.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: MisterPink]
    #11210607 - 10/08/09 10:12 PM (8 years, 16 days ago)

Engineering degree here.
I got my BS in Mechanical Engineering, tons of years ago.
I kept getting assigned to computer programming jobs.
Then eventually just converted completely to programming because that was in demand at the time.

You can do a lot with an engineering degree.
Learning how things work helps everywhere.
Except finance and sales, and no offense, but who wants that.

You might not want to hear it now, but masters & PHD are always more highly sought in engineering. My advice is find a specialty that will be in demand in 10 years and kick ass!


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: flugelizor]
    #11210635 - 10/08/09 10:15 PM (8 years, 16 days ago)

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My advice is find a specialty that will be in demand in 10 years and kick ass!




Hint - Fields that start with a "Bio" and end with an "logy".  That is where lots of hot stuff is going to be for our lifetimes, in nearly all technical fields.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Tedwilto]
    #11213666 - 10/09/09 09:34 AM (8 years, 15 days ago)

I have a BSc in aerospace engineering and now working on a MSc in space engineering (astrodynamics). I created an interest in programming so that's where I will probably try to get a job after I'm done. I don't have the commitment to work in the space industry.

Mechanical, aerospace, physics and marine engineering are all basically the same at my university, only different topics of application. I picked aerospace because I like aircraft and rockets. Only 10% of the courses was about aircraft, 10% space related. The rest was mostly math and physics.

Over here, aerospace engineering has the largest workload (it's not more difficult, just more stuff to do). There were days where I had courses and projects from 0900 till 2200. Most students need to study 60 hours per week to get the degree in 5 years. 

The great thing about engineering, for me, are the group projects. In the last year of the BSc for example, we had a group of 10 students and 3 months to work on an space/science mission design. Great fun to work with other students in smelly rooms.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Annom]
    #11219599 - 10/10/09 09:45 AM (8 years, 14 days ago)

Engineer here.  B.Eng, Chemical Engineering.  Chemical had the reputation at our university of being the hardest engineering discipline, but mostly because we effectively need to be both chemists and engineers.

Chemistry was never any problem for me though.  While getting my degree, I worked in the Chemistry department (pure chemist) as a laboratory researcher, doing mostly spectroscopy.

Annom is right about the late-year group term projects.  We got to design a 125 000 tonne/year capacity plant.  It would have been fun had we not had 6 other butt-rape projects going on at the same time  :/

If I had to do it all again, I would have taken a lighter course load; I coulda relaxed more and got better grades.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Minstrel]
    #11222573 - 10/10/09 08:48 PM (8 years, 14 days ago)

Another Chem.E here. Well almost should graduate in the spring and hopefully go to grad school. Thinking of material science but will probablly end up doing biochemical engineering because there are lots of jobs.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: rmh26]
    #11293322 - 10/21/09 06:24 PM (8 years, 3 days ago)

EET here.  Working as a software/controls engineer working in manufacturing/packaging.

I really liked my degree because it allowed me a lot more hands on lab time and less math.  The job market, although sub-par now, is generally pretty damn good, even in the Midwest.  The engineering discipline is extremely versatile so it allows you to get a job, find out what you like/don't like, and not have to worry about being limited by your degree as much as others.

I'm such a geek, so it matches me perfectly.  Get paid to geek out?  I'm in.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: D4NK]
    #11307813 - 10/23/09 08:02 PM (8 years, 1 day ago)

Do you got to McMcmaster? Thats where I go, Im almost done my B. Eng in computer engineering.

I know a few kids in eng phys. Theres definately jobs, especially in the nuclear field. There's at least 3 nuclear reactors in Ontario. Im sure there are lots of engineers working on Chalk River right now.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: timmeh_87]
    #11314065 - 10/24/09 08:52 PM (8 years, 1 hour ago)

Biomedical engineering wheres the jobs are at.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Seuss]
    #11339680 - 10/28/09 05:53 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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> By far my favourite part of my program is the physics so much so that I may end up switching and majoring in physics next year

Unless you are going to get a phd and teach, there isn't a lot of pay in a physics degree.

> the labs are rather boring and tedious so far.

They really don't get any better.  The best way to get real lab experience is to find a professor that is doing research that you are interested in and bug them until they give you a job working for them.  You might have to start out working for free, but the opportunities that open up once you get a foot in the door are amazing.



im not anywhere near close to reaching my goals. im weak in math but plan on kicking ass at it here soon. But is physics more of the knowing aspect rather then the money aspect? im sure you expect to find a good paying job with the degree, but if I was to master in it I would also try and get into something else that way I have the know abouts and also the good paying job. But again I dont know much about the college scene, maybe it doesn't work that way.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: astralexplosion]
    #11339849 - 10/28/09 06:15 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Actually there are plenty of engineering firms that will hire PhD graduates of physics.  However you have to specialize in an area where your knowledge will help out the firm.  There are still a few companies however that do pure physics research, well groups in a company that do it.  Kind of like the ol Bell Labs


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: Chespirito]
    #11340904 - 10/28/09 08:47 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

If you do that you often end up being an engineer anyway.  But that's just how it works, there are so many PhDs in physics most people who get one end up being teachers or engineers rather than physicists.


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Re: Anyone here have a degree in engineering? [Re: DieCommie]
    #11341529 - 10/28/09 10:28 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Yea ultimately physics PhD's that want to work for industry will end up doing engineering.  Like I said though there are companies that have groups that do pure research.  And plenty of companies that straddle the engineering/physics line, for instance Intel has groups like that.  I wanted to work there but they only hire PhD graduates.


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