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How hard is mechanical engineering in life?

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Qingqiang’s Answer

It is hard to say how hard the mechanical engineer's life will be, but I believe a good mechanical engineer could make other's life easier.
A good mechanical engineer could make the manufacturer's life easier. If a mechanical engineer knows very well about the manufacturing process of the mechanical parts, such sheet metal, plastic or machined parts... his design will be easier to be turned into a physical part, with higher productivity, lower cost, lower defective rate.
A good mechanical engineer could make the user's life easier. If a mechanical engineer knows very well about design theory, ergonomics, usability... the product he designed will be more reliable, easy to use, easy to maintenance.
Although there are lots of career choices, I think mechanical engineer is one of the best.
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Scot’s Answer

I would add to the below excellent advice that if you have a active sense of curiosity, enjoy doing project work, and are organized and detail oriented, you have an excellent chance of being a good mechanical engineer and having a good career. You also must like working with people from different backgrounds and that have different skill sets than yourself, as you will be involved with a lot of cross functional teams. It can be a very rewarding career.
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Tyler’s Answer

It's not hard. That said, it does require attention to detail, an ability to methodically work through a challenge while maintaining an ability to think creatively, and you will be better off if you can maintain a sense of curiosity throughout your career.
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Sunderajan’s Answer

No deed is hard if you have a passion/interest for it. Successful are those who make the passion their profession. Just pursue your dreams if machines interest you and it is never hard then.
I am a mechanical engineer by academic qualification who later switched over to SW & Program Management - but always a engineer at heart. Mechanical Engineering was never hard for me
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Mohamed’s Answer

Hello, I have met quite a few bright people who majored in mechanical engineering and built unique products they patented and made good money out of. I graduated in general engineering but I enjoyed mechanical engineering most. I currently work with financial products and alternative data, which totally unrelated but I feel that the approaches are the same, visual charts that show how pieces will interact and the dynamics of forces that give an outcome or another.
Besides using those skills in other fields, think of the mechanical engineering that will go into Mars exploration and future infrastructure investment that will be coming in the future.

Enjoy your major and good luck!

Mohamed recommends the following next steps:

Decide if you enjoy Mechanical Engineering
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Shawn’s Answer

All career positions come with periods of difficulty. “Life’s Tough, Get Used To It”. Sound familiar?

What gets you through the tough times is having a passion for your career path. I have seen many persons enter Engineering to achieve higher starting salaries. That is not passion. It is solely financial motivation. Financial motivation always ends with a person who is constantly frustrated and quickly leaves Engineering before adequately developing other skills to permit an easier career transition.

Passion simply put is a continuous desire to learn more in a field. This is what gets you through the difficult periods,. A stress reducing self-satisfaction occurs when you solve the problems at hand.

Ask yourself, “What do I really like doing and is this a commitment or passing fancy”? The answer to this question should be used to determine your career path and higher education.
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Veronica’s Answer

Well, it will base on what type of company and job you will be working for. My background is program management for Sever or Computer hardware, so I have been working with many people who's career path is Mechanical Engineering, their job could be pretty intense if they are the good one :) They key is still is this is something you love to do and am good at than 80% of people.
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Brayden’s Answer

Hello!

I wouldn't say that the life as a mechanical engineer is "hard" its just challenging. As a mechanical engineers you are trusted to make ethical, logical problem solving decisions and need to be able to back up through decisions with concrete data or analysis. People always say "oh but school is so hard" but really its simply just a different way of thinking. In engineering you really begin to learn how the world functions and how some of the basic tools and machines that we use on a daily basis work. An a mechanical engineer you focus a lot of fluids and begin to understand how heat transfers from one object to the next or how a refrigerator works. In the end I love being a mechanical engineer and if you put your mind to it, you will too!
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