Personally, I'd recommend that you take a long inventory of the things you enjoy doing. The reason I say this is because, as I've said many times before, folks tend to like what they're good at and tend to be good at what they like. If you find yourself looking at everyday objects and immediately wonder how they work or why they're the way they are or thinking about things you can accomplish with them, you're an engineer. If you sit at a table and start rearranging the silverware to be in a more organized pattern, you're probably an engineer. If, when you were a kid, you took a lot of stuff apart to see what made it work, you're probably an engineer. A famous author once responded to the question of what you had to do to become a writer, and he said, "You are born a writer -- you can't help it -- you'll know because you can't help but write." Engineering can be a lucrative, secure career. But I don't think that's what makes people engineers. They'd do that stuff anyway, even if it were a hobby. So if you were hoping I'd tell you something about some practical test or something to consider how much work it is to study, I'll leave that to others. The fact is that I went from a goal of becoming a physician to engineering and it was because I realized I had no choice. I'm an engineer. Ask yourself if you are, and you'll know.
I'll give you a very straightforward and practical answer. You should consider how much effort it will take and how much you will enjoy it. Engineering in general is a taxing and demanding profession, and this is reflected in your course load. That being said, if you really are an engineer at heart, this will be loads of fun. Not easy. But fun. The various branches of engineering overlap quite a bit. If you're really interested in engineering -- and not from only making a lot of money -- you're probably a problem-solver. You like puzzles and challenges. If this is you, you've already covered what you should "consider". Now you'll need to be aware that some projects -- especially projects that you yourself are excited by -- will take an enormous amount of your time, effort and energy. But you know what? You're LOOOOOVVVVEEEEEE it . There is no thrill to compare with solving an engineering problem, making people happy, showing your achievement to the world. There will be challenges, failures, extreme downs and feelings of failure. But when you build something, it will be wonderful.. And you will forget the failures and exult in the successes, because those successes will contribute to the world, to people and be there forever. So if you have that spark that makes you ask that question in the first place, you'll be part of history. And it will be very, very, very cool.
Do you like math? Do you like science? More importantly, do you like solving puzzles/problems? Engineers use math and science to solve everyday problems, from the simple to the very complex.
Physics is the main branch of science that underpins all that engineers do: statics, dymanics, electricity & magnetism. From these 3 branches of physics, we get civil/structural engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering; all the other branches of engineering are either subsets or combine with another science (biology, chemistry, geology, etc). So take physics in high school and see how you like it.
Math is the language of science. You'll need to be competent in math in order to understand the theories of science.
Hey Eric, I am an Electrical Engineer and was also curious about becoming Electrical or Mechanical Engineer when i was in high school. I loved cars and wanted to know how mechanical engineering works to make the Car Awesome.
I also came across various Electronics Products while in School like TV or Cellular Phone and it drew me to Electrical Engineering.
You can do combination of both also . You should pursue what you are more passionate towards and can put your mind and body behind it to learn engineering principles.
Think of various things you like and be curious about them, try to get answers how they work and why they work. Ask lot of questions to anyone who can help you. The more curious you get the more answers you will get and it will become more clear to you what you like.
Hope you enjoy it :)
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