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Are there typically many people interested in mechanical engineering?

Asked Kearny, New Jersey

I was wondering if mechanical engineering was a popular interest to look into. I wanted to know if I would encounter many others pursuing mechanical engineering like I am. #career #mechanical-engineering #help #people #interest

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Kelly’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California

Hi Gloria,

Great question! I studied mechanical engineering in college, and was surrounded by other people who also were interested in mechanical engineering! I would say that engineering in general was a popular subject, but mechanical engineering was also one of the larger majors.

What I loved about mechanical engineering was actually the spectrum of people who study the field, and the many options that you have in "specializations". I have friends from college who have the same degree, but are doing completely different full-time work! For example, I started working in manufacturing companies, but then moved towards design and management in my own career. I know many others that choose to explore careers in industry working on mechatronics, robotics, manufacturing, or designing propulsion system (jet engines etc.) or biomechanical parts (prosthetics etc). Beyond that, there are even more options in academia, including doing research for universities, studying fluids or heat transfer in materials and parts. I included a link below to the Stanford department of mechanical engineering for reference, but it might be a great place to start exploring all the vast opportunities in the field.

https://me.stanford.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs

Good luck on your career and college journey!

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Hi Gloria!

You asked a very important question.

Here are excellent answers from a Mechanical Engineers https://www.quora.com/Why-do-students-choose-mechanical-engineering https://www.studential.com/personal-statement-examples/mechanical-engineering-personal-statement-1

Here is another good site that will show some of the day to day activities of an engineer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh8Z3H54-Ss

This will also help http://www.engineergirl.org/

Best luck! Please let me know if and how this helps. I would like to follow your progress.

Glenn’s Answer

Updated Los Angeles, California

Gloria, when you enroll in mechanical engineering in college, you will be in classes with like minded individuals that are pursuing the same degree program. Some of your classes will include students from other disciplines in Engineering. I do strongly encourage you to follow your passion and pursue your degree in Mechanical Engineering. You will have friends inside the program and outside the program.


One of the interesting things that I found in my career is that the Mechanical Engineers tend to be the most out going and collaborative group, followed closely by Electrical Engineers. Mechanical Engineers have more stakeholders or people that you needs to meet their needs on the project. This includes marketing, industrial design, EE, manufacturing, etc.


I hope this answers your question as I did get a bit off topic.