BSME with Motorsport Concentration?

<p>I have been looking for something that interests me. I love cars and came up with getting a BS in mechanical engineering. There is a school I am looking at that offers a mechanical engineering degree with concentration in motorsports. Is it a good idea based on job prospects? </p>

<p>I really want to work with cars but feel getting a general mechanical engineering degree would not be specialized enough. However, I am not sure if having a motorsport concentration is too specialized. </p>

<p>Is there some concentration I can get that is not as specialized as a motorsport concentration but somewhere in between?</p>

<p>While the degree is a concentration in motorsports, I would still be getting a BSME, I am not sure if that matters or not.</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>jtom, I don't believe a motorsports concentration will be at all harmful. In the US we still love our personal vehicles, and if you decide to concentrate on mass transit solutions the skills are just as applicable. With various energy sources being considered it seems the motorsports world will offer good employment opportunities for some years.</p>

<p>Jtom,</p>

<p>I'd do a motorsport concentration if it helps you stay focused and interested (and hence more likely to graduate) through college. That's really the big thing, do what interests you the most so you are able to complete it.</p>

<p>Outside of that, I'd do a general BS degree because what you do for work may change based on factors outside your control (family, income desires, new experiences gained in college). I work in aerospace, I think my company would be less apt to hire engineers with motorsport concentrations. You may end up wanting to work in aerospace later on.</p>

<p>what school are we talking about that has this concentration? It seems out of the ordinary to me for undergrad.</p>

<p>Thanks for the replies!</p>

<p>The school is UNCC.</p>

<p>Anyone else?</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>yea I looked at it and it's a solid ME degree but you choose from a certain selction of tech electives, which is up to the student in any ME program anyways... so I don't see how that could be a problem as long as the employers know that, but if they don't it might impact them negatively...if anything it's more like getting a minor than concentrating, which is how I think they should have entitled it. </p>

<p>NC State is the flagship engineering school in your state, you'd be able to take those tech electives there but it would not have that title which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it.</p>

<p>good luck</p>

<p>I'd be looking at schools that have an active Formula SAE team...and get involved with that. NC State certainly qualifies.</p>

<p>I am actually not in nc, I just did a search and came across uncc. I am open to any schools, I just wanted an automotive influence.</p>

<p>Any other schools?</p>

<p>Start looking at schools on this list:
Formula</a> SAE® Team Websites - Collegiate Design Competitions - SAE Student Central</p>

<p>Here is just one example of what an active team does:Gator</a> Motorsports</p>

<p>I'm did a motorsports engineering minor. I dont find it practical as motorsports isn't big in the US, but if you drive on track or just like race cars in general, i would recomend it. We did aero labs at the NASA Langley wind tunnel, vehicle dynamics labs out at Virginia International Raceway, and data acquisition labs. I'm going to be honest.. the classes were hard haha- but i got so much out of them, so it was well worth it for me.</p>