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Good Manufacturing Engineering Schools

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I just wanted to know what graduate schools out there are good for manufacturing engineering? I'm a mechanical engineering student and right now I'm looking at Rutgers, NJIT, and Rowan University but I'm not sure what's good for manufacturing. Thanks! #manufacturing #manufacturingengineering #mechanicalengineering #engineer #engineering #3dprinting #additivemanufacturing

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It really does matter where you go to school. The important things are how well you study to get the best grades and how well you do interpersonal networking, as that is the way that most people acquire suitable jobs and progress in their career area. Many people get their start at the local community college, as the classes are smaller and the costs are more reasonable, and they have coop and internship programs that will allow you to earn and learn and early on see the inside view of the career area.

It all starts with getting to know yourself better to determine a suitable career area and confirming it by doing networking to see the inside view from people involved in that area. A smart move would be to talk to the director of alumni relations at your local community college to arrange to meet and talk to graduates of that school who are doing what you think that you want to do, so you can see how they got there and get their advice and suggestions.

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Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
The whole process starts with getting to know yourself better. Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Here are some sites that will allow you to further explore the engineering areas that you referenced: ## https://www.engineergirl.org/ ## ## http://www.futureengineers.org/ ## ## https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM ##
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.

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Tami’s Answer

When researching which school would be best for me to attend, I made a list of companies with great reputations in how they treated employees.  I would then place a call to their HR and ask questions what their preferences would be when hiring.  For example:  if an applicant is from college A and another from college B which would be your preference.

Tami, I'm in line with you... typically a good approach is to find 4-5 manufacturing companies you would want to work for after graduating and then work on finding the target schools for these companies. Hammdy Beydoun, PMP

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