Most important interests for mechanical engineering

Hello Neha,

I am currently a senior in high school and I am going through the whole college planning process. I am thinking about majoring in mechanical engineering but I am not sure if I will like it. I am good at math and biology but I didn't really like chemistry. I was ok in physics. Do you need to be really good in physics and chemistry to become a mechanical engineer? It seems like it would be interesting to be an engineer but I'm not sure if I would be good at being a mechanical engineer. I don't really know. What seem to be the most important classes to suceed in for being a good mechanical engineer?

I would really apprciate your help.
Thanks,
Kelly
posted by Kelly, Organization/City on April 28, 2013

Answer by Neha Dobhal

Hi Kelly, First of all, it is wonderful that you are thinking of being an engineer. While you need to know that basics of both physics and chemistry to be a mechanical engineer, unless you decide to major in areas such as bio chemistry, optics etc (just to give you a few examples) you will not need to deep dive into the topics. Mechanical engineering is a very widely applicable field. Mechanical engineers find jobs as aerodynamic engineers, as design engineers, as HVAC engineers, as structural engineers, as quality engineers, as fluidics experts, as quality engineers, as automotive engineers, as metallurgical engineers, as material scientists.... the list is so long! There is no fixed formula for being a good mechanical engineer. It completely depends on where your interest lies and what courses you choose to excel in your field. I had started my career as a design engineer and a few of the courses that were very helpful to me were mechanics, engineering drawing, design of machine members, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics etc... most of the courses I took during school help me in one way or another throughout my work life. More importantly what the course structure inculcated in me was critical thinking skills and a logical thought process. Feel free to reach out to me with any more questions you may have. I will be more than glad to help you out.