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Mechanical Engineering, good idea or bad idea?
Pros and cons.
I'm a highly capable student and I do have an interest but I have a little fear because I know NOTHING about Mech and I'm about to go into a foundation year once I accept a university offer. Any mechanical students? Tell me - what's it like?
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In mechanical engineering you will cover topics which include thermodynamics, mechanics, fluid dynamics, signals and control systems and possibly some electrical stuff too. Each course varies somewhat but broadly speaking, you study enough maths and physics to help you design solutions to problems such as designing a pipe to transport water, designing an air conditioning system etc.

Whether the course is right to do depends on the market. Engineering jobs are ridiculously competitive but having said that, an engineering degree allows you to apply to a broad range of jobs as well such as finance, consultancy, teaching etc. I strongly suggest getting involved in societies, part time work, volunteering or side projects. Anything you can put on your CV to help you stand out. You should start thinking about this now because the uni years will go quickly and before you know it, you will be looking for jobs.

Engineering degrees are also quite demanding in terms of workload. So plan your time carefully. Pay particular attention to the maths modules - they will come up everywhere later on in you degree. Stroud has the best engineering maths textbooks but they do lack mathematical rigour. But usually that isn't needed for engineers.
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(Original post by 0le)
In mechanical engineering you will cover topics which include thermodynamics, mechanics, fluid dynamics, signals and control systems and possibly some electrical stuff too. Each course varies somewhat but broadly speaking, you study enough maths and physics to help you design solutions to problems such as designing a pipe to transport water, designing an air conditioning system etc.

Whether the course is right to do depends on the market. Engineering jobs are ridiculously competitive but having said that, an engineering degree allows you to apply to a broad range of jobs as well such as finance, consultancy, teaching etc. I strongly suggest getting involved in societies, part time work, volunteering or side projects. Anything you can put on your CV to help you stand out. You should start thinking about this now because the uni years will go quickly and before you know it, you will be looking for jobs.

Engineering degrees are also quite demanding in terms of workload. So plan your time carefully. Pay particular attention to the maths modules - they will come up everywhere later on in you degree. Stroud has the best engineering maths textbooks but they do lack mathematical rigour. But usually that isn't needed for engineers.
Thank you so much !
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I love how broad the mechanical engineering course is.

I did this part time whilst working as a degree apprentice in medical device research and development.

All my chosen projects included a substantial amount of medical and bio related work, on top of the typical physics based mechanical analysis included in the course content. I was able to request and obtain project supervisors from university with relevant experience and expertise in these fields to help support me.

I was assigned a dissertation supervisor who lectured in mechanical engineering, but had spent time in medical device employment.

So if you’d like to branch out and specialise in something rather novel, you shouldn’t have a problem whilst studying mechanical engineering.
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