Hello! I am a 2nd year Mechanical engineering major ( this up coming year) and I was just looking over my degree plan and I realized I have a very light load for the rest of my school term . Since I took about 50 hrs freshman year and I came in with college credits, It looks like I don't have very many classes left to take. If you want the question, read the last paragraph.
I am already doing 12-14 hr semesters for the rest of college with the exception of spring of senior year where I am taking 3 hrs (senior design) . I have looked and tried, their is no way to speed up graduation because of a fixed sequence so I was debating if I should consider a single Co Op near my school senior year or If I should try to complete an MEng Fast track program
In my case both programs could take 4 years to graduate because I can take 12 hr during the Spring of senior year, 6 hr during the Fall of Senior year I could finish 18 hr during senior year alone. But a friend pointed out that if I take 6 hr during Junior year and 6 hr during summer in addition to that 18, I would have the 30 hours needed for an MEng . Since internship experience can count as up to 6 hrs of credit for the masters, I really wouldn't be doing too much extra work . On the flip side, I could just do an additional co op since employers care more about experience at the end of the day.
The thing about this method is if I attempt the Masters program I need to know by the end of the fall of sophomore year so I can get approval in spring for the summer . And I don't think their is any repercussion in stopping the masters if I don't like it.
So I guess it comes down to what people would suggest if they had an extra year in school for long term professional growth? Would you do a Co Op or an MEng. Both would take me 4 years, but I am interested to know what other people would chose if they had the choice.