Lisa provided a great answer. Mechanical Engineering is applied physics. I never considered myself as a creative person. But having a good understanding of the fundamentals, I was able to solve some engineering problem in a unique way that lead to several patents.
Not all engineering jobs require that type of problem solving. A passion around math and science is critical.
Glenn recommends the following next steps:
- Complete highest level of math and science that you can in High School. Physics and Chemistry are a must. Calculus is ideal.
- In college, it is not only important to get the right answers. It is also important to understand the principles of why it works the way it does.
- Intern or co-op in college to get experience.
- Take a class with projects, like a solar powered dune buggy.
- Find Mechanical Engineers through your parents, career center, or on LinkedIn and ask for an informational interview to understand how their jobs aligns with your interests.