Engineers are the ones who are passionate about designing and looking at things from efficiency and ease of performing tasks. Every machine which was designed by an engineer had the primary purpose to fulfill the task with efficiency. If you feel that you can look at the existing ways how people do certain things and come up with solutions improving the output then, you are on the path of becoming a successful engineer.
Later, I found that I liked math, physics and technology classes in high school, and also some of my best buddies -who knew better than me what they wanted- were talking about continuing on through some engineering school: I just tried to follow and was admitted, so why not?
In France you are admitted through a tough competition consisting of a full week of 6-7 hours per day x 5 days of tests, typically 2 years after graduating from high school. During these two years you prepare for this competition. It does not matter how you did before, all that counts is how you perform during this one week.
There are 'easier' ways to get a master, for example through a public University, but it is considered 'less prestigious'. However, I think that how good of an engineer you become does not depend on which path you chose.
Douglas Lemmo, P.E.
As I look back at my much younger self, I always had an interest in knowing how things worked. I was always taking my bicycle apart and as I got into high school and got my driver’s license, I started working on cars and hanging around with other guys who liked to work on cars. Also, while in Jr. High and high school, I was good at math. I never particularly liked math, but I could do it along with physics and chemistry and geometry, trigonometry, etc. It was suggested to me by the guidance counselor that I might consider going to a technical school which I did and became a Mechanical Engineer. There are many different types of engineers: Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Chemical, etc. if you think you might like to consider becoming an engineer, I suggest you Google Engineering and learn about the different types to see if "what they do or work on" appeals to you. Being in the 9th grade, if you think you might want to go to engineering school, be sure to take all of the math and science courses you can while in high school.
But to answer your other question, I really know how satisfying an engineering career could be until I started working, and designing.
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Early on I enjoyed sketching usually cars, planes and particularly, rockets. I was never much into figures or animal sketches, rather I was always sketching three dimensional objects of a mechanical nature. In school, it was obvious I should pursue mechanical drafting which I did for three years. I also had a love for farming, so I was also in the agricultural center portion of the high school I attended. After school, I continued mechanical drafting at home, always having a drafting board, drafting machine, and lots of neat things to design. I was unable to get a job at mechanical drafting right away, so I worked many years doing welding and welding fabricating, which I also loved and enjoyed. It was later I received a job as a draftsman and it was a starting point for my career in mechanical engineering. I was able to incorporate so much that I learned in my years in manufacturing that made my engineering career complete.
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