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I was wondering what the role of computer sciences in an engineering discipline are. More precisely, are the computer sciences and the skills they entail necessary for success?
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Hello,
I was wondering what the role of computer sciences in an engineering discipline are. More precisely, are the computer sciences and the skills they entail necessary for success?
I don't think computer science plays much of a role in engineering, because it's quite different from engineering.

The most obvious one I can think of would be the specialist software that is utilised. I would imagine the vendors of the software would employ computer scientists to work in the capacity of software engineers to help create the software and ensure it is as efficient as possible.

So to answer your second question, I don't think that skills in the computer sciences are necessary for success in engineering.
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Thank you for the prompt reply.
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Thank you for the prompt reply.
Just out of curiosity, what prompted this question?
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Just out of curiosity, what prompted this question?
Computer Science or Petroleum Engineering
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I don't think computer science plays much of a role in engineering, because it's quite different from engineering.
Hmm you could argue that from a hardware and software standpoint it plays a huge role in engineering, although i would say that delves slightly more into electrical/electronic/computer engineering than comp sci but there is some reasonable crossover.
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Computer Science or Petroleum Engineering
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Not sure, it's up to you.

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Hmm you could argue that from a hardware and software standpoint it plays a huge role in engineering, although i would say that delves slightly more into electrical/electronic/computer engineering than comp sci but there is some reasonable crossover.
Is software engineering part of computer science or part of engineering?
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Is software engineering part of computer science or part of engineering?
It's difficult to say for sure as computer scientists learn a bit of software engineering on their degree anyway. For example there is quite a bit of crossover between computer scientists and computer engineers the only major difference being the computer engineers are experts at the hardware/electronic side of things and overall have more applicable skills since they possess both hardware and software skills whereas the comp scientist is more well versed on the software and computing languages.
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Depends on your degree and specialty, for example avionics within aerospace involves a lot of computer science whereas other areas, the closest they will come is use of specialist software. That said, a good knowledge of programming can never hurt.
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Depends on your degree and specialty, for example avionics within aerospace involves a lot of computer science whereas other areas, the closest they will come is use of specialist software. That said, a good knowledge of programming can never hurt.
I agree with Helloworld_95(btw is your name related to fortran by any chance?). I really love programming and engineering and I chose Aerospace engineering (I'm wanna go into the space industry). Aerospace for example involves lots of simulations and modelling which requires good programming knowledge and a huge chunk of the course is programming anyway.

Petroleum engineering and computer science don't overlap at all (I don't think) so there's no way you can have an interest in both. Mechanical engineering is good although aerospace is the best imo :P.


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Think systems engineering: the interface between traditional engineering, electronics, software and computer science.

Everything from aerospace fly-by-wire, engine management (not just cars), railway engineering, ships, structural monitoring, weather stations, spacecraft and satellites, electrical white goods, productions lines, oil, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, power plants, water and sewage treatment, water pumping stations, traffic management, virtually anything that has dynamic forces and moving parts will almost certainly be controlled and interfaced with real-time computing and software.

Which means virtually every engineering discipline must cover control systems and the application of software to some lesser of greater extent.

Computer science is a means to an end and that end is probably software engineering somewhere along the line.
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I agree with Helloworld_95(btw is your name related to fortran by any chance?). I really love programming and engineering and I chose Aerospace engineering (I'm wanna go into the space industry). Aerospace for example involves lots of simulations and modelling which requires good programming knowledge and a huge chunk of the course is programming anyway.

Petroleum engineering and computer science don't overlap at all (I don't think) so there's no way you can have an interest in both. Mechanical engineering is good although aerospace is the best imo :P.


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It's just programming related rather than fortran specifically, was from a few years ago when I tried to start learning, and it didn't work out until now where I've had to start learning again, but it stuck as my main username anyway.

There's overlap between compsci and all engineering disciplines, however aerospace and systems are really the only ones which have (or can have via the right module choice) a significant enough compsci component to warrant hiring engineers and getting them to learn a bit more programming over hiring programmers and getting them to work with other engineers and learn a bit of engineering.
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