Answers by Kathleen Taylor
If you have a college degree in mechanical engineering already, you are qualified and should seek to work in the field. One never knows all there is to know and not all they even need for a particular job. There is lots of on-the-job learning. Keep working, keep studying. Learning is lifelong. If you do not have a degree in ME you may still be able to work in ME but you will have more catching up to do . You might want to pursue a MS in ME if your degree is in a related engineering field. If you do not have an engineering degree, you will have to start further back by taking undergraduate courses.
You need all of these skills as well as integrity. The math skills are part of the qualification for any engineering activity. The IT and communication skills are not an either/or if you want to advance in your career.
I also liked math and science when I was in school. My math homework always got done first. I took biology and chemistry in high school and physics when I was in college where I studied chemistry. I then went on for my PHD in chemistry with a project on catalysis which is very close to chemical engineering. Catalysis very important now with all the work being done to make fuels from alternative feed stocks such as woody wastes that contain cellulose.
When I was in college almost no women got degrees in engineering. I might have studied chemical engineering if I had been in school ten years later. As for English, I did not particularly like my courses because I could not figure things out the way you can with math and science. I found when I was working, however, being able to write and speak clearly was important. In fact, as a manager I had to sign off on papers written by people who reported to me. i remember that I once spent a whole weekend reading a grammar book. That meant I had to know the grammar rules if I was going to tell someone that something was not correct. People can have their own style of writing so long as the message is clear. Of course, with spell check etc. on the computer this part of my job got a lot easier.