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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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