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Mechanical Vs. Electrical Engineering: How to Pick the Right Major

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Mechanical Vs. Electrical Engineering: How to Pick the Right Major

Often students struggle between whether to major in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. These are two of the most common engineering disciplines so I wanted to address this question for those who are undecided.

The good news is that both mechanical and electrical engineers are needed for nearly every engineering project out there. You'll see both of them working in various departments all across engineering companies.

What's more important is deciding what you are going to enjoy learning about more. Rockets, aircrafts, medical equipment, etc are all worked on by both majors. The question is whether you are more passionate about the circuits, signals, electronics, and so on OR the structures, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, etc behind the projects you'll work on.

This will most likely determine which engineering major is better for you.

If someone enjoyed both disciplines equally and I had to make a decision, I would say to choose mechanical engineering and specialize in mechatronics. This way you will have exposure to both engineering disciplines that you know you enjoy.

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Civil Vs Mechanical Engineering - How to Pick the Right Major

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In this video I discuss Civil Vs Mechanical Engineering. These two majors start off very similar in college but then become very different. Civil engineers branch off into their subfields including structural engineering, geotechnical, water resources, and transportation. Mechanical engineers focus more on heat transfer, fluid mechanics, dynamic systems, etc. Mechanical engineering does lead to a wider range of job opportunities compared to civil engineering. However, both these majors have high employment and salaries so you can't go wrong with either one. Both of these majors involve a large amount of math and physics which you should have an interest in before entering either major.

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Physics Vs Electrical Engineering: How to Pick the Right Major

The undergraduate curriculum for physics and electrical engineering have some similarities that students may not be aware of. With both majors you get to see circuits, basics physics concepts, and even electromagnetic waves.

Physics majors will see more math in their curriculum, while electrical engineers do more labs and learn more equipment.

Typically engineers will have higher pay and job opportunities than science majors. However, that shouldn't cause students to not pursue a degree in physics. Physics majors have a wide range of careers from engineering jobs to research jobs to programming jobs. Just make sure you plan ahead for what you want to do in your career, and cater your 4 years in college to that future success.

Physics majors have multiple concentrations that aren't discussed in this video but just know their curriculum can go many different ways and you should do more research on those topics.

If high level math and physics does interest you BUT you still want to go into electrical engineering. I recommend you concentrate in RF or optics because in those concentrations you learn MORE physics concepts but apply them to engineering principles.

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Mechanical Vs Electrical Engineering׃ How to Pick the Right Major

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Electrical Engineering Vs Computer Engineering - How to Pick the Right Major

In this video I discuss electrical engineering vs computer engineering and how to know which major is right for you. Both these engineering disciplines share a lot of classes in undergrad. They both encounter circuits, electronics, programming, and plenty of math. Electrical engineers go on to take power, communications, and electromagnetism courses whereas computer engineers take discrete math, computer architecture, and computer networks. In terms of careers both electrical engineering and computer engineering majors can be qualified for many of the same positions. But if you are leaning towards something like power systems or communications then electrical engineering would be a better choice. Then if you are leaning towards computer vision or working on computer hardware, then of course computer engineering would be better. Otherwise you should do research because both these majors can work in a wide range of areas with a lot of overlap. In the video I also discuss computer engineering and electrical engineering projects that may help you decide which major is right for you.

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Aerospace Vs Mechanical Engineering - How to Pick the Right Major

Aerospace and mechanical engineering are often a common toss up for students because these majors are so similar. The classes you take for both these disciplines are extremely similar.

As an aerospace engineer you will take more specific classes such as aerodynamics and propulsion, whereas mechanical engineers will take general fluid mechanics and thermodynamics that cover a wider range of applications. They also both take classes in structures, controls, vibrations, circuits, and more.

In terms of careers, aerospace engineers usually go into the aerospace industry and work on air or spacecrafts. But remember they can also work in the automotive industry, petroleum, boats, trains, and more. However, mechanical engineers typically have a wider range of career options because they can go into HVAC, alternative energy, biomedical, manufacturing, and much more.

Overall if you know you want to work with aircrafts and spacecrafts, then consider aerospace engineering. If you are not totally sure what you are interested in going into, then consider mechanical engineering.

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Physics Vs Math - How to Pick the Right Major

This video is about physics vs math and how to know which major is right for you. You may have enjoyed them both in high school so of course you may want to major in one in college.

The good news is that if you major in physics then you will take a lot of math classes to the point where you COULD almost have a minor. But as a physics major you will not take a lot of high level math courses that are very important especially for pure math students. Pure math students and physics students actually have very little in common. Physics majors care more about math that applies directly to physics concepts, while a pure math student cares about solving problems within mathematics alone.

Then note as a math student you will likely take very few or no physics classes throughout college (unless you get a minor). You will learn math concepts that can be applied to physics concepts (such as differential equations to solve for the motion of a mass on a spring), but you don't directly learn the physics behind them.

Both math and physics have a wide range of job opportunities and often it doesn't necessarily matter which major you go into. It's more important to know what kind of job you'd like to go into, and pick a major that sets you up well (but often there isn't a right answer).

Also note that with a major in applied math, you should consider getting a minor in some other discipline.

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Robotics | Subfields and Which Majors to Pick

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This video will cover robotics, some subfields within the career, and the best majors to pick if you want to go into this field.

Robotics is a really broad field and by getting into this you can work on a variety of projects (military robots, agriculture robots, nanorobots, biomedical robots, etc). Majoring in robotics is obviously a good choice, but you don't HAVE to pick this major in order to get into the field.

Some of the best majors include mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.

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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is the design and manufacturing of mechanical systems. You'll want to have a strong interest in advanced math and physics if you go into this major. Mechanical engineering is one of the most versatile of the engineering disciplines because of all the fields you can go into. This video covers an overview of the mechanical engineering undergraduate curriculum and some career paths.

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What Can You Really Do As An Electrical Engineer?

Electrical engineering can be broken up into various concentrations. The main one's I discuss in the video are power, electronics, RF, and controls. Students who enter into electrical engineering will all take mostly the same classes up until normally their 3rd or 4th year. By that time they take classes that are specific to these concentrations and subfields. The electrical engineering major can lead to many types of career paths in all these different fields so if you enjoy any of them, then it may be a good major for you. You will learn a little about all the concentrations but later on you should be able to pick which one you like the most. Most engineering majors have concentrations like this so be sure to look into specifically what you want to get out of a given college major and what career path will be best for you.

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Is Engineering Right for Me? | Is Engineering Right For You | 10 Ways To Know

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Computer Science Vs Computer Engineering: How to Pick the Right Major

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In this video I discuss computer science vs computer engineering. Computer science and computer engineering have many similarities but also some big differences. Computer science majors learn more about software while computer engineers learn more about hardware. In terms of the curriculum, computer science majors go on to take classes on algorithms and computation, whereas computer engineers take circuits and electronics classes. Both majors use a lot of math but computer science majors use more discrete math, while computer engineers use more algebra and calculus level math (that you're used to). Computer scientists really won't see calculus much in their curriculum.

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This is What my First Engineering Job was Like

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This video covers my experience in my first engineering job out of college. As I mention in the video, this does not represent all jobs, but should give you an idea of what mine was like.

At my job I was mostly on the computer but did spend a good amount of time in a lab doing testing. My department worked on satellite communication devices and I helped with making sure everything met specifications and the tests were run properly.

A lot of the beginning work was confusing to me but I got the hang of it over time. But I did learn very quickly that school gives you a foundation for what you need to know as an engineer, but you don't become an expert in anything.

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1. Try to maintain over a 3.0 GPA in college

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3. Apply to summer internships as early as you can

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5. Figure out which companies you want to work for

6. Some companies will pay for a master's degree, consider looking out for this in your later years

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Mechanical Engineering Subfields and Senior Project Examples

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Mechanical engineering is a broad major that can be broken up into different subfields or concentrations. The main concentrations I discuss in this video are Mechatronics, HVAC, and Manufacturing.

Mechatronics is the combination of electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering where you will take classes on microcontrollers, signal processing, and much more. This is a great concentration for those who are on the fence between electrical and mechanical engineering.

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This is all about providing environmental comfort to various buildings and structures like homes, offices, and hospitals.

Manufacturing engineering is about the process, machines, and tools that are used to turn raw materials in goods. Manufacturing engineers work on improving the process to make products we all know of (phones, planes, food, etc). They have to figure out how to make the engineering drawing come to life. This is very similar to what an industrial engineer might do.

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