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Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Rexz » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:27 am UTC

For all you engineers out there, what branch of engineering do you like best? Or the one that you are pursuing in high school/college right now?

For me im a bit in between mechanical engineering and civil engineering. My dad used to do some construction work and was an assistant architect so I have a little bit of civil engineering in my background, but I like mechanical engineering better I think. The thought of being able to make a moving machine intrigues me for quite some time now. :D

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Hawknc » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:12 am UTC

I help build and test prototype cars for a living. Definitely mechanical. :D

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Ixtellor » Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:55 pm UTC

Hawknc wrote:I help build and test prototype cars for a living. Definitely mechanical. :D


I dyno'ed my car last week. Installing new gears this week. Up next will be short-throw shifter.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby cv4 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:01 pm UTC

Currently in Mechanical Engineering. I guess I would have to say I like it best, since it gives me a wide range of possibilities for when I graduate.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Durin » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:11 am UTC

I'm going to major in Physics. However, if I was doing Engineering, I'd do Electrical/Computer. Maybe Chemical as a second choice.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Rockberry » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:12 am UTC

Genetic engineering. Does that count?

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby lulzfish » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:38 am UTC

I would have been an Electrical or Computer Engineer if I wasn't heavily invested in Computer Science, and if electronics components were free.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Velict » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:43 am UTC

Systems engineering sounds pretty sexy. The college I'll be going to this fall doesn't offer it, though (and I seriously doubt I would major in it).

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby bentheimmigrant » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:59 am UTC

Chemical, because that's where all the money is... Which is why I opted to be a post grad... oh. wait...
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby kevmus » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:27 pm UTC

I think circuits are sexy, so EE.

Robots and such are a decent second choice (ME)

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby ntietz » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:55 pm UTC

Software engineering. It is based in logic, is a flexible field, has interesting problems to solve, has good job prospects, and doesn't pay too badly.

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Postby Bakemaster » Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:00 am UTC

Environmental; or, civil with an environmental emphasis (i.e. water, energy, air quality, soils).
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Adacore » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:10 pm UTC

Process Engineering is by far the most fun (the abstracted not-necessarily-chemical-focussed version of Chem Eng, in effect), imo.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby cs24 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:42 pm UTC

Currently in Aerospace Engineering.

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Postby volthezz » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:01 pm UTC

Currently in CSE and pretty much loving it.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby torontoraptor » Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:57 am UTC

Currently heading towards Computer Engineering, although my university has a Mechatronics program... (all robots, all the time!)
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby The Happy Genius » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:52 pm UTC

Currently in Chemical. The options when finished are pretty vast, though I'm pushing myself in the direction of research, thus grad school is in my future.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Dobblesworth » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:32 pm UTC

In my second year of the Cambridge engineering course right now, which for all students is multi-disciplinary until third year when we choose modules to specialise in. Thinking of going electrical. We get eight module blocks to allocate in third year, six of which from your division of specialisation, then the other two can be more-of-the-same, or taken from the other end of the spectrum out of general interest. Contemplating filling in the rest of my slots with perhaps some thermodynamics/fluid dynamics/more pure mathsy modules. There's also the information/signals/systems/control sphere I could bridge over to.

Funny how I first applied to my university courses in '06-'07 with a view to do a straight degree in mechanical engineering, and that I took on a gap year placement in civil infrastructure engineering in between...

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby feedme » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:45 pm UTC

I'm in Mechanical Engineering and enjoy the types of problems it involves. I like scenarios where you can physically imagine them....so naturally I don't fancy electrical stuff and circuits too much. It's not that the material we're doing is hard, it's just hard to visualize for me.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Hawknc » Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:08 am UTC

Yeah, I had the same troubles with electrical and electronics. I can visualise free body diagrams and streamfunctions in a snap, but I struggle with much beyond basic circuits in EE.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby toastmasteralpha » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:03 pm UTC

Civil engineering seems most appealing to me. It's probably just because the idea of working with infrastructure reminds me of my childhood days spent on Lego, K'Nex, Brio, Hot Wheels, and SimCity 2000.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby kendricktamis » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:23 am UTC

I study chemical engineering at the moment, and i can tell you its the most highly paid form of engineering, and the easiest to get a job in. Salaries are always on the up, and there are job opportunties all over the world. Because of global warming and sustainable development. Chemical engineers are becoming increasingly important, because all companies must now meet set CO2 emmision regulations, reduce amount of waste produced, increase efficiency etc.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Malvoss » Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:57 pm UTC

Did my B.Eng in Physics and then MSc in electrical and think they do go well together, the physics from an engineering perspective (or engineering from physics) really touches a broad range of subjects. But having been in industry for a couple of years I can agree with kendrick that I can really see how a chemical engineer would really be able to write his own ticket.

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Postby niteice » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:39 am UTC

Computer engineering major here. The notion that I can describe a chip's logic and then actually create and use it is damn fascinating to me.
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Ironicism » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:07 am UTC

Rockberry wrote:Genetic engineering. Does that count?

My high school school has an engineering program. So far I've been in biotechnical, aerospace, and principles of engineering. I definitely have to agree with you about genetic engineering. By far my favorite field. I'm majoring in it when I get to post grad.
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Postby bakadeshi » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:21 am UTC

software engineering :)
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby JayAr » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:14 pm UTC

Interning with an Electrical/Mechanical engineer. So far I prefer Mechanical I can see the problem being fixed in my head, unlike working with wires.
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby DerVorleser » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:45 pm UTC

EEE; going to study it in Edinburgh this fall probably. :D
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby uncivlengr » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:38 pm UTC

Structural engineer here, always had an interest in carpentry, woodworking, etc, so it was the natural choice.

The firm I work for almost exclusively works on bridges, and a few marine structures - all the stuff that doesn't involve those pesky architects, essentially.

Most recently I've been designing a new drawbridge to a historic fort... pretty neat stuff, and quite a bit different than the highway bridges.
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Jahoclave » Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:14 am UTC

Any of them that shower and are capable of speaking Non-Engineer English.

Then again, maybe I'm just biased because my brother is incapable of answering a yes/no question with a "yes" or "no." Honestly, I don't care how it's going to work, I just need to know whether or not shit's going to break if I do what I intend.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Zamfir » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:49 pm UTC

Jahoclave wrote:Any of them that shower and are capable of speaking Non-Engineer English.

Then again, maybe I'm just biased because my brother is incapable of answering a yes/no question with a "yes" or "no." Honestly, I don't care how it's going to work, I just need to know whether or not shit's going to break if I do what I intend.

Might the problem be that you ask questions without simple answers? If you want simple, one word answers, you will usually have to live with "maybe".

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby MessioticRambles » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:12 pm UTC

Considering I'm doing 'Software Engineering' at University right now, I feel like I must go for the underdog i.e. The baby engineering amongst a bunch of old men.

Studying at Adelaide University (Australia), I'm forced to do Electrical Engineering which is....mental to say the least, "Here's a capacitor and transistor, use them, we'll teach you about them in 3 weeks or so. Oh, you're also being assessed on this practical". And for some reason they require me to do Statistics D=

I don't really get much free reign in my course for two years, can't figure whether I want to do some stuff in graphics or take a punt at robotics.
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Hawknc » Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:47 pm UTC

I didn't get it at uni, but statistics can be really useful depending on what you do. Software engineering is no different - a lot of software is used to process large volumes of data to find meaningful trends using statistical analysis, and it could be you writing the code for it. Assuming you're in first year right now, what you're doing probably isn't directly useful but it's the foundation for some heavier stuff later on like fourier transforms. That advice pretty much applies to any first year subject, actually; most of it is getting people up to speed for actual practical knowledge in the last couple of years.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby uncivlengr » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:32 pm UTC

Software engineering and industrial engineering are two disciplines that I never quite understood... what does a software engineer do that a programmer doesn't, or an industrial engineer that an operations manager doesn't?
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Postby MessioticRambles » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:41 am UTC

uncivlengr wrote:Software engineering and industrial engineering are two disciplines that I never quite understood... what does a software engineer do that a programmer doesn't, or an industrial engineer that an operations manager doesn't?


Basically a Software Engineer is a programmer, but we apply engineering principles to programming, basically we learn the principles of planning sustainability of a code and learn to plan everything to a t before we start coding, this might differ from a typical coding practice which is "Code first, fix later" which is the thing that leaded to a demand for some sort of rigorous programming style.
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Cathode Ray Sunshine » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:05 am UTC

uncivlengr wrote:an industrial engineer that an operations manager doesn't?


Well, it's more than that. Industrial Engineering is not limited to how you manage operations (though admittedly it's an important aspect of the career). It's basically got a bit of everything in there. It also has to deal with ergonomics, quality control, etc. I wish I could be more helpful, but it's 4 AM and my brain isn't working properly.

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Postby MessioticRambles » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:53 am UTC

Hawknc wrote:I didn't get it at uni, but statistics can be really useful depending on what you do. Software engineering is no different - a lot of software is used to process large volumes of data to find meaningful trends using statistical analysis, and it could be you writing the code for it. Assuming you're in first year right now, what you're doing probably isn't directly useful but it's the foundation for some heavier stuff later on like fourier transforms. That advice pretty much applies to any first year subject, actually; most of it is getting people up to speed for actual practical knowledge in the last couple of years.


It's funny, what you said makes absolute sense and is probably true for a lot of examples, but my University has offered Software Engineering as a course four a number of years now and I've spoken to multiple people leaving the program after 4 years and they say that Statistics wasn't made a requirement until last year and they've never used it, it's almost as if it were put there as a dummy course to fill the space. It's quite funny my Stats lecturer has made it quite obvious that the University admins think a standard curriculum is too hard for everyone who chooses to do it and that they must have their hands held at all times, which makes it kind of a bludge(pardon my vernacular, but I live in Australia and I can't think of a better word). So far after half a semester I haven't learned anything that I hadn't already learned in Year 10 of High School except how to use SPSS/PASW.
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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby modularblues » Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:49 am UTC

Social engineering. Just kidding. I think EE has the broadest application base and is the most adaptable. The core concepts (interaction among forces, coupled diff eqs, resonances, etc.) are extendable to other fields. Although bio-chemical-related fields have a heavy nomenclature-based component.

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby DivideByZero » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:45 am UTC

Our school offers Computer Science in the Engineering department. So... not to cheat or anything, but Computer Science is the best Engineering!

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Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:24 pm UTC

Computer Engineering and Computer Science are generally considered to be two separate majors. Methinks the CS program at your schools is either poorly named or poorly categorized.
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