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John, Sykesville

AddedWednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Can I work in manufacturing and design as a materials engineer?
Hi. I am currently majoring in materials engineering, but my ultimate goal is to be involved in manufacturing and design. I need something that will allow me to be innovative and creative. I think materials engineering is interesting, but it involves a lot of research and development and I don't know if I like that. I do not want to be in a lab all day using a trial and error methods to find the best material. I also want a major that allows me to employee my skills in math and physics. Finally, I want to be able to directly see the impact of a systematic approach to problem solving. Can you please provide me example of this and comment on whether or not I would be suited better for mechanical engineering? I have a lot of respect of materials engineers, but I do not want to be bored with my job when I get out. Do you have any advice? As I mentioned before my ultimately fear is that I will be bored by a trial and error method that does not allow for a lot of creative problem solving and math/physics. Can you please comment on this because I still want to be a materials engineer. any experience from industry would be greatly appreciated, but other forms are fine. Thanks for all the help and any advice.
Related to Choosing a Degree, Engineering Branches, Materials, Mechanical
  • Nandika D'Souza , University of North Texas
    Answered Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM
    Absolutely. I would recommend that you get an internship that has these two aspects and that should solidify the association between your likes and your degree.