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why I wanna become a mechanical engineers I think it would be fun learning how things are put together and make a professional career out of it ?

how do you find the best schooling for engineers.

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Brian’s Answer

There are many jobs for new workers in the fields of science, tech, engineering and mathematics (STEM). STEM jobs are increasing every day. The demand for more STEM workers creates job opportunities for many qualified young people. The pay is typically higher, and more in demand. But engineering is so fulfilling and personally rewarding.

It is up to STEM to solve the greatest problems that we face – from the development of green, sustainable energy; to solving climate change, transforming how we communicate and interact as a species, which became so critical during the pandemic. Engineers change the world, we make the impossible possible, and it sounds like you have the enthusiasm to do it.

Finding the right school is more of a personal fit. I’d recommend talking to your guidance counselor for ways to network with existing engineers. I think getting feedback from your guidance counselor on schools that might be the best fit for you would be beneficials, as well as the personal experiences of other engineers would be very helpful. While it is good to attend a school with a strong program, you should also consider other elements i.e. travel, expense, job placement, practical application, as well as internships.

Good luck!
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Shaye’s Answer

Hi there. The US News & World Report (link below) has a ranking for top engineering schools. You can also narrow your search by location, tuition, school size and test scores based on your target cities/locations.
https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/eng-rankings

I'd recommend putting together a list of the schools that you are interested in, whether it's based on rankings or geographic locations. Be realistic as well based on your high school performance and schooling costs. Then short list the ones you think there is a good chance of getting admitted. If you have the opportunity to visit the school campus before making a decision I'd highly recommend it. The college years will pass by quickly but the memories will last for rest of your life.

Similarly, the US News & World Report also has a ranking for top global engineering schools:
https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/engineering

Good luck!
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David C’s Answer

There are many schools to choose from however I would be sure to select one that not only teaches mechanical engineering, but also teaches you good skillsets to be more valuable as an employee. Most schools are coming to the conclusion that they are not doing enough to prepare students to work in the real world. New graduates lack basic understanding in a number of skills that should be have been taught while in college, not when they try to find employment.

This is one example and there are others.

https://www.highereddive.com/news/employers-say-college-grads-lack-needed-skills-but-that-could-be-changing/597821/#:~:text=Employers%20remain%20confident%20in%20the,500%20executives%20and%20hiring%20managers.

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William’s Answer

Hi Alyssa!

You may be guided by touring the college facility and other forms of interactions.

College ranking, scholarly success and innovations by academic staff, students' academic performance, quality of academic infrastructure (libraries, laboratories, workshops and studios), access to funds, research breakthroughs, and career success rate of graduates from an engineering college can help you in choosing your best college.

You may search for college ranking websites like:

https://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings
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Frances’s Answer

It depends on your personal situation. If you want to spend less tuition, then I suggest searching for the best schools within your state. Community colleges are a good place to start just to get your prerequisites out of the way. Then, you can transfer to a university, that way, it will be cheaper.

If you want to go straight to a university, you’d have to do some research and determine the rankings, class size, graduation rate, tuition/scholarships, etc. Some people prefer to go to a smaller university where they will have more one-on-one time with their professors. So, it really depends on what you want and how you can succeed. I suggest going on some campus tours to determine which type of setting will be the most comfortable for you.
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