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What do you need to become an Engineer

I am a 9th grader and i am interested in becoming a mechanical engineer. #mechanical-engineering

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RAVI’s Answer

Congratulations on a great goal and ambition! You have already taken the first step!

Now any engineering requires lot of MATH and SCIENCE. Depending on the engineering Science can be physics/chem/bio.
Since you are focused on Mechanical Engg, focus, study, and understand Math, Physics and Chemistry more. Since you are in HS you will also need Bio.
Take Honors/AP or other courses in high school and also see if you qualify to take some classes in the local community college for further advanced learning. Many Community colleges partner with High School and let you study and prepare better.
Take SAT and Subject SATs and do well. You can practice them right now and start preparing by borrowing books from the nearby library.
You can also learn a lot on internet/Youtube/other free education classes in all the above subjects to prepare you better.
Get into the college of your choice and work hard and succeed.

Best wishes.
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Pro’s Answer

1 Choose Your Specialization (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Other Engineering Specializations, Aerospace Engineering, Oceanic Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Environmental Engineering), &
find the colleges that have your chosen specialization to apply to.

2Keep getting good grades, & register for co-op

3Get your resume written and start your job or internship search

4Join a Professional Engineering Society or Association
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Allison’s Answer

Hi Andy! It is so awesome that you want to be a mechanical engineer. I recommend taking as many science and math classes as possible, preferably honors, AP, or IB classes. A strong math and science base will help you a lot in college. Additionally, if you find that you like physics and calculus that will be a great indicator that you will enjoy studying mechanical engineering. Get the best grades you can, join clubs your passionate about, and keep doing research on mechanical engineering. These will help you prepare a good application to a great college. When looking for colleges, make sure you apply to schools with an ABET accredited mechanical engineering degree.

Good luck! You are on a great track!
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David’s Answer

Please also concentrate on basics...spelling, keyboard (called touch typing in my time), english composition (how to write proper sentences), etc. Being a good Engineer is more than math and science, you must be able to communicate to other engineers and laymen. Now would be a good time to look for internship programs in areas of your interest. Being a Mechanical Engineer is a very broad field, I started in a research lab for an aircraft engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, and ended my career as a field engineer for an oil and gas company. Many twists and turns in my career and I enjoyed them all. Be patient and look beyond today for what may come your way tomorrow. You don't have to learn about everything, except to pass exams in school, just know where to look to find what you need to know. That's why Mark's Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, and many others were written. Best of everything to you in your career. I wish I could find out how you do in your life.
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