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Computer or Mechanical Engineer?





JorgeArroyo
Sorry for this random question, but... Should I study for being a computer engineer, or a mechanical engineer? I like both equally, but which has more benefits?
Afaceinthematrix
If you like both equally, I would go with mechanical engineering. Computer engineers tend to be a dime a dozen so you'll probably have more employment opportunity. But don't take my word for it... if you're studying right now, shouldn't your school have an academic counselor to talk to about this?
jwellsy
At work, even our secratary has a computer engineering degree. I have 2 buddies with computer degrees that work in totally different fields than computers.

Actually, no matter what field you go into, after you have done it for a few years and you advance in positions or maybe even start your own business carears usually morph into more of an exercize in marketing or busines.

With the brain drain of intellectual property and redistribution of the world wealth funneling into China. I would take business courses and learn Mandarin Chineese ( the most used language on the planet). Go to law school. Become an international business/Intelectual Property lawyer. Then find your niche within that massive transfer of the worlds economy.

Or get the quickest/easiest degree you can. Then learn a skill like:
- project scheduling using Primavera P6
- work planning using Maximo
- take the Project Management Professional certification test from PMI.
kody
I'm a mechanical engineer and love it. Before entering university I was having a tough time deciding between computer programming and mechanical engineering. I chose the latter and couldn't have been happier with my choice.

Are you in the US? There's a mounting problem in the US for lack of mechanical engineers. You'd have no problem getting a job in any number of fields that may interest you.
tukun2009manit
JorgeArroyo wrote:
Sorry for this random question, but... Should I study for being a computer engineer, or a mechanical engineer? I like both equally, but which has more benefits?



go for computers if you find computer algorithms more easy than physics derivations
fullmetalalki
i'd go with mechanical engineering just because it's true that computer engineers are incredibly common. even teens can learn programming languages at the same level as college graduates. And being a computer engineer is great if you want to work in India or Singapore.
ciureanuc
JorgeArroyo wrote:
Sorry for this random question, but... Should I study for being a computer engineer, or a mechanical engineer? I like both equally, but which has more benefits?


Think in this way:
Computer engineer is more abstract, mechanical engineer is more "touchable". I feel in this way.
I did a high-school of Informatics (many years ago) but I didn't felt good with this abstract part of programming. I like more to touch my work so I change a little bit the way...

Now let's talk about "more benefits"? What exactly do you mean by that?
I remember when I was kid, the computers was so new in my country - every kid saw "benefits" doing Informatics (high-school or university). Now, there are PLENTY of computer engineers here (we "export" them to Canada, US, Western Europe), the mechanical engineering became short of people...
The benefits (I'm thinking about salaries now) 10 years ago from informatics are now "taken" for mechanical, electronics, robotics -> because now this domains are in shortage of personnel.

My advice is to think if you like more the abstract or the "real" part and choose one. Smile
AftershockVibe
I feel I should fight the corner for the Computer Engineer field (as I am a computer engineer) which has been a bit slighted here Razz.

Firstly, there is a difference (at least in the UK) between a computer engineer, a computer scientist and degrees in Information Technology. In the UK, if you don't have an "Eng" as one of your titles then you're not an engineer. These can be gained from both professional bodies (you pay for membership and prove your credentials) or from universities (not that common). I.E You can have a degree in computer science but not have an engineering title.

Pedanticism over, above posters are right that mechanical engineers are far less common. This isn't necessarily a good thing though - that means there are a lot fewer positions. If you're good at either then you shouldn't have a problem finding a job but if you're going for top salaries this may limit the number of companies you can work for.

What you might want to consider is going for the middle route and studying electronics. You will always need to understand computers and be able to program, but at the same time you get to do more physical stuff like robotics and hardware design.

Cool
deanhills
Why not do a combination of the two? Which may get you into the field of robotics or in computer hardware? I agree that quite a number of people have degrees in computer science, but there are also a large number of people with degrees in mechanical engineering. I think what wins these days is if you could get yourself into a field that is highly specialized. So if you could focus on a field where computers and mechanical engineering feature together, you may be able to carve a specialist field for you.
adforeign
I'm an engineer and like it. Before entering university I was having a tough time deciding between computer programming and material engineering. I chose the latter and couldn't have been happier with my choice.
azoundria
Computers!

(Just kidding.)

If you want my true advice, pursue both. Sooner or later one will fizzle out, and then you'll have your answer. You've still got your whole life ahead of you.
paul_indo
I am a mechanical engineer and 15 years ago it seemed I should have gone for computers, now it is swinging back to good opportunities for mechanical and computer is not so in demand.

If you are young do both as they are very compatible and see what opportunities open up for you in the future.
carlospro7
It seems like a lot of people assume that computer engineering has only to do with software and programming. Computer engineering is closer related to electrical engineering than computer science (which deals with theoretical aspects of computation, and uses that to create software), which means that, while software is partly related, you'll be mostly dealing with the hardware aspect, and you'll be learning about computer circuits and to (some extent) program in languages like Assembly.

Mechanical engineering? I have a friend who switched to industrial technology because the math was too much for him. Both fields, though, require a good amount of knowledge in mathematics. So you should be okay as long as you have good math skills.

Here is a discussion on this. I didn't read over all of it but perhaps you can find something there that will help you.

http://www.flamehaus.com/bbs/view-next-topic-vt137088.html?view=next
standready
Major in Mechanical and minor in Computer. Gives you best of both worlds that way.
slashnburn99
computer engineer, think where will the future be in 5 years.

What is in the world now is what you will be learning to do in college always 5 years behind by the time the course is selected and rolled out
sketteksalfa
better than that!!! finished your college degree and you will know which is better!! it depends on you how you care on what you doing!!
BigGeek
I know that there seem to be a lot of Computer Engineers out there, and that Mechanical Engineers in the US are getting more rare. So it would seem that a degree in ME would be a preference. But the scary thing is that the number of Universities offering both ME and Computer Engineering degrees is dwindling in the US, the number of universities that have dropped their engineering programs all together due to lack of enrollment is staggering. High Schools are not preparing their students for the difficult courses required for engineering degrees, and the students are enrolling in courses that are in line with what they know, and so the number of students working for Engineering degrees has dropped so dramatically that Universities are finding that it is not profitable to keep the departments and the staff running, and the amount of tuition dollars isn't enough to cover expenses, so they close up the department!

Sad. I would suggest a ME degree with a minor in Computer Engineering!!

Just my 2 cents anyway!
pankoval
I think that any engineer is inventor for first. All the same both. But i'm computer engineer and it is my advice.
cybersa
In my opinion,
Do What you like.

I like computer engineer.
My school life is finished
Waiting for final exam result.
After this,Im going to do computer engineer.
bukaida
Computer is everywhere now. Even if you are studying Mechanical Engineering, you have to study the computer aided design(CAD)/Computer aided Manufacturing(CAM) techniques because all the design /drawings are done by CAD softwares now.Also most of the machines are now programmable logic controller (PLC) based. So you cannot avoid computers Very Happy .
snowboardalliance
Afaceinthematrix wrote:
If you like both equally, I would go with mechanical engineering. Computer engineers tend to be a dime a dozen so you'll probably have more employment opportunity.


That is very location-specific, as I have experienced the exact opposite.

Don't make a decision based on this.

My advice: pick one now, go with your gut, but try to take an intro course for both as soon as possible. You can always change your major and all of your university requirements will probably still apply (so maybe you take one or two courses which don't count toward your degree).

If you are undecided now, I think you will figure out if you definitely like one or the other once you actually take classes and learn more about the fields.

Good luck!
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