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What should I choose to persue degree, either mechanical, electrical or mechatronics ?

Im graduated of diploma in mechatronics engineering ? I want to persue bachelor and I have interest to working in offshore / onshore. In malaysia, mechatronics engineering is not really famous and im afraid that it would be hard for me to find jobs soon. So im confuse to choose between mechanical, electrical or mechatronics to persue my study

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Daniel’s Answer

hi Farah,
When you say "Im graduated of diploma in mechatronics engineering", do you mean that you are already in college/university and are trying to choose a major? If that is the case, does your school have a career office or counselors who can help inform you of the types of work that are available to graduates of different engineering disciplines? Independent of whether you perceive which major/degree is more well known in industry (and therefore would help you find suitable work), I would encourage you to choose classes and projects (and later, places to work) that reinforce your interests. Jobs (and industries) can change significantly over the course of your career, but your interests are likely to be more stable. For example, ten years ago the field of AI was mostly in the realm of computer science research; now a whole industry has emerged around its commercial uses.) If you choose to follow a track that is aligned with your interests, you will find your work more interesting, and (hopefully), you would find it easier to continue to learn new topics that emerge in your field, over the course of your entire career.

Lastly, all else being equal, I would recommend that you choose a specialization that is new and emerging. Then the investment in your education has the most time to yield its rewards.

Good luck with your search!
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Atul’s Answer

While my understanding of job prospects in Malaysia is somewhat restricted, I can still provide some general advice. Mechatronics could be a viable option, as it blends elements of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, although this is merely a hypothesis.

In today's world, where artificial intelligence is heavily utilized, Computer Science/Engineering demands a unique aptitude for tackling rigorous courses to prove your engineering capabilities. Electrical Engineering is also a promising field, as numerous companies incorporate various software functions, including AI, into their hardware systems.

Perhaps the most secure choice would be a dual major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, which would equip you with the skills to work in a wide range of sectors. Alternatively, if a Computer Engineering major includes substantial Electrical Engineering courses, it might be another viable option.

Ultimately, your academic performance, reflected in your GPA, and the courses you select will pave the way for job opportunities in your homeland.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Farah

Thanks for the great question!

It is great to hear of your interest in engineering. I personally have a mechanical engineering background and have enjoyed many years as an engineer/engineering leader in the automotive industry. Mechanical engineering also has many focus areas, so you can pick the area(s) that you find the most interesting. Some examples include: Thermal systems/fluids, Mechanical Structures, Materials, and Automotive design. It is an exciting field to go into.

Engineering is a fantastic foundation for many roles. I had the opportunity to work in the automotive and defense industries. Initially, I leveraged my skills in the thermal area where I worked on requirements creation, vehicle development/validation testing (including testing at our proving grounds and out in Death Valley), building analytical models, and designing/releasing HVAC/Powertrain Cooling related systems. Next, I had the opportunity to work as a Vehicle Systems Integration engineer for Propulsion systems which included early vehicle concept, development, and production activities. After this, I shifted to system safety role which included software, controls, and physical part safety. Next, I led a team for the Advanced System Integration of defense/military vehicles and projects. I am now running my own company and focused on business and engineering agile practices and processes. The mechanical engineering foundation enabled me to have a wide variety of career experiences.

There are many types of engineering – Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Systems, Software, Industrial, Manufacturing and more. For mechanical engineering, there are also many sub-focus areas, so you can pick the area(s) that you find the most interesting. Some examples include: Thermal systems/fluids, Mechanical Structures, Materials, and Automotive design.

Best wishes to you as you explore your future career.
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