Derek

AddedWednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:18 PM

I am currently studying industrial engineering in college, but i really want a career more similar to mechanical engineering. Will a degree in industrial be acceptable for a mechanical job?

due to mechanical engineering being competitive i will not be able to get into the department for undergrad. when i say i'm more interested in the mechanical field i mean like designing a part or product, as opposed to what an industrial engineer usually does.
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  • Kate Fay , Verizon Wireless
    Answered Monday, September 24, 2018 at 4:54 PM
    Hi Derek,
    
    Thankfully Industrial and Mechanical Engineering share a lot of similar classes. I was a mechanical engineer but actually took a few industrial  courses. I would ask your adviser if you can take some mechanical engineering courses as electives or even ask what is the process to switch over to mechanical depending where you are in your college career.
    
    However, I would not worry too much if you cannot switch, a lot of jobs like that you have a engineering background which means you can problem solve and they can teach you the technical part of the job. Even though I studied mechanical engineering I am currently working in the telecommunications field. I would suggest trying to get an internship/ research position in the field you are interested in  to get more hands on experience as well.
    
    -Kate