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    Discussion in 'The Leisure Lounge' started by GarethW, Apr 9, 2013.

    1. Tbread

      Tbread New Member

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      Actually, i wanted to be a tuner.
       
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    3. K.I.S.S.

      K.I.S.S. Well-Known Member

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      Time....
       
    4. mechanicalgirl

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      Oh well, this is pretty much easy. Believe it or not if I am not an engineer, I would become a doctor, pediatrician to be specific.
       
    5. deanrwhite

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      I would be an electrical engineer. The blending of electrical and mechanical engineering for the future is not just likely. What can be done by wire that used to take mechanical ingenuity?
       
    6. john12

      john12 Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      I was previously trained as a pilot... but I wasn't as good at that as drawing pictures and making things so I switched off.
      I do love flying but I'm not sure I'd like to go back to it as a job (well, maybe something very casual, like bush flying) - there's just too many rules and regulations for my ageing brain to remember.

      I'd probably like to do something based around travel or writing... but then every 20 year old backpacker wants the same!
       
    7. Dedeech

      Dedeech Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      I trained to be an electrical technician at the high school. My intent was to move for an electrical engineer, but life has other plans for me. And I am really grateful now. Anyway, I would be some kind of technician.
      “And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. God knows but you do not know".
       
    8. MSHOfficial

      MSHOfficial Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      This answer might shock you,

      I am not a mechanical engineer, but I am doing mechanical engineering. I did not study mechanical engineering. That is because in the country I was studying at you get to choose your subject by ranking in university entrance exam. And when I applied to study mechanical engineering I got rejected.

      But I applied to aerospace engineering and got accepted.

      So I studied aerospace engineering. It would be totally unrelated to each other if I gone more towards space technologies and control theories. However, I always wanted to study mechanical engineering. So much so that I would take all courses in my bachelors from mechanical engineering department. And get them substituted for courses from my department.

      I would always go deeper and deeper into structures, even though I was studying aerospace structures. My projects would be more basically mechanical structures.

      So I have an aerospace engineering degree, but on the inside I am a mechanical engineer.
       
    9. john12

      john12 Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      There must be lots of overlap there though?


      Hah, this is exactly how I feel! Life has thrown me lots of curve-balls that didn't seem ideal at the time but have worked out amazing. I genuinely don't think I would change anything if I could go back to age fifteen.
       
    10. MSHOfficial

      MSHOfficial Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      well right now I don’t know if it’s the right choice that I have made. I am still trying to figure out the perks and disadvantages. When I usually apply for a project I get questions like why did I do aerospace engineering because apparently the structural engineers studying civil or mechanical are better trained than aerospace engineers studying structures.

      And if I did study aerospace engineering I should have gone for something more towards space technology because that is where most paying market is right now. But it doesn’t matter to me. I want a job that I would love doing all the time. Money is important part of life, but after all it’s a part of life.

      But more often than others I have to prove my knowledge or skills that I can do the job. but if there was anyone else in my place who was from mechanical engineering background they would be hired without a hitch.

      Sometimes doing interdisciplinary education just sucks. But sometimes it might give me the advantage. For example I worked on a project on very light aircraft wing design very recently and it was obvious choice to choose my work over others. What is sad is these projects don’t come up very often. They are seldom, atleast on upwork.
       
    11. rafaelherrera

      rafaelherrera Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      I would have liked to be a professional baseball player. Play in MLB. I played baseball from 5 years old until I was 17. I was in 2 try outs with MLB organizations but in the end I could not sign with any.

      I think I would also like to study cooking
       

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