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Best Minor for Mechanical Engineer?

DigimasDigimas Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
edited May 2010 in Engineering Majors
Hey everybody,

I'm looking for a minor that would spike the interest of any potential employer. Something perhaps out of the realm of engineering/math/physics to show that I'm a multi-faceted student. I'm already going for a minor in business and computer science.

I've looked through my universities minor programs and here are the ones that I'm considering. Let me know which ones you guys think would offer the most value.

1.) Language: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish (I've had 4 years in H.S.), German, French
2.) Chemistry
3.) Communication Studies
4.) Economics
5.) English
6.) Finance
7.) History
8.) International Studies
9.) Philosophy
10.) Journalism and Mass Communication
11.) Marketing
13.) Microbiology
14.) Music
15.) Political Science
16.) Psychology
17.) Sociology
18.) Theatre Arts
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Replies to: Best Minor for Mechanical Engineer?

  • boneh3adboneh3ad Registered User Posts: 7,102 Senior Member
    What kind of job are you looking for? Honestly, in many cases a minor (especially since you have 2 others already) won't make a bit of difference. The only time it will matter is if it is relevant to the job you are applying for in some way.
  • DigimasDigimas Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Anything related to aerospace or robotics. I would be interested in travel as well which is why I threw in foreign languages as options.

    I have some extra time in my future schedules so I figure I might as well add on another minor while I'm at it.
  • bigtreesbigtrees User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 1,191 Senior Member
    Uh, you are studying mechanical engineering with 2 minors, and you are finding you have extra time in your schedule?

    Either you are on a 10 year plan, have way too many AP credits, or aren't planning your semesters right.

    And frankly, if you have a ton of AP credits and have extra time in your schedule, you ought to consider taking some of the basic classes (math primarily) at the college rather than minoring in something unrelated.
  • LongPrimeLongPrime - Posts: 5,208 Senior Member
    "interest of any potential employer"

    employers come and go. Do something that you'd like to do for a lifetime.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Registered User Posts: 7,102 Senior Member
    If you want aero, then why not use some of that extra time to take some classes in the aero department. If you decide on robotics, how about taking some courses in mechatronics or something if you haven't already.
  • DigimasDigimas Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    My college doesn't offer many classes in aerospace or robotics.

    Also I'm trying to get my gpa as high as possible before graduation and while I'd like to take challenging courses to gain expertise in my particular field I'm afraid it would actually do more harm than good by cutting my gpa too low to be hired by any aerospace or robotics company that I'd be interested in.

    If I were limited to only taking a minor, which out of the ones listed would be most likely to increase my chances of being hired by a robotics or aerospace company?
  • AuburnMathTutorAuburnMathTutor Registered User Posts: 1,770 Senior Member
    An extra minor isn't going to help at all. They're all the same on that count. If you want extra marketability, do some undergrad research, a senior design project, or some directed study. Then you have something nobody else has.
  • ExplorerCYExplorerCY Registered User Posts: 757 Member
    take classes in what you are interested in. the minors really won't help you that much
  • BoelterHallBoelterHall Registered User Posts: 2,929 Senior Member
    Finance and economic minors can help you if your plan is to go into consulting or become an analyst with your BSME degree.

    Political science can help too if you want to do energy regulation.

    Math is useful for engineering analysis positions such as thermal analyst (CFD, numerical simulations, analysis work)
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