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Computer Engineer vs Mechanical Engineer

freezingbumfreezingbum Posts: 143Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2005 in Engineering Majors
I don't know what i want to be yet but i have some questions about both. Right now i want to maintain a good gpa so i can go to grad school and get my masters. I'm kind of undecided with what kind of engineer i want to be but i think i'm fascinated with computer engineering but i'm also interested in Mechanical Engineering. I love science and math. i enjoy reading science text books. I'd much rather read those texts than literature books. I don't know much about computers. I mean i built my computer and understand some of that jargon so i know some things. I've never taken programing classes or that type of stuff. I got an A in AP physics passed the test and loved learning about mechanics. I think that computer engineering would have more potential because if i design some original software I'd be set.

1) i hear computer engineering is harder than mechanical but how much harder? I'm worried that it would be i wouldn't understand it and get a low gpa.

2) Hows the job outlook? I hear a lot of jobs are going overseas. I'm worried about that but then i figurd if i go to grad school from a generally presitigous school then i will have a better opportunity.

3) Which is better if i go into another field? like if i want to move into management or something like that.
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Replies to: Computer Engineer vs Mechanical Engineer

  • Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
    I have the same question. I'm deciding between computer, electrical, or mechanical. Right now I'm leaning toward electrical or computer because their salary is higher.

    I'm planning to go into management soon after graduation. Which one is better for management?
  • kiddlykiddly Posts: 114- Junior Member
    Um, Its great that you want to get into management right after graduation. Just keep in mind that everyone and his brother would like to get into management soon after graduation. You might very well make it, but just because you want to doesn't mean its gonna happen, dude. And very few go directly into management after graduation. You need experience (which recent college grads tend NOT to have) and you need to excel at whatever you do for at least two or three years before you get a "real" management position. So if you want to go from engineering to management, you've got to prove yourself as a worthy engineer first. Its not as simple as wanting to do anything...
  • Z e r o XZ e r o X Posts: 195Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah my friend said basically you have 2-3 years to prove yourself. If you don't make it, he said your probably doomed to to never reaching six figures salary.

    I think I'll go into MBA immediatly after graduation so I'll have an edge.
  • kiddlykiddly Posts: 114- Junior Member
    Dude -- I'm not trying to diss you here but keep in mind the following:

    Good MBA programs don't accept students right out of undergrad; they always require at least a couple years of real work experience.

    The MBA degree will not necessarily lead directly to management experience, most MBA's start out as analysts/consultants, not managers.

    Freshly minted MBAs (without real management experience) who do somehow finagle management positions are subject to a great deal of well deserved scrutiny by employees. Just cuz you have an MBA alone in no way qualifies anyone to be a manager.

    Hope this helps!
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