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  • Jesse

    Added Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    I just feel like I am not "smart" enough to be successful in that field sometimes. Reason being is because it is such broad field.
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    Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Answered 10 days AGO
    It depends on the field you want to go into.  As an Environmental Engineer there are several opportunities, Mining, Oil and Gas, Water Infrastructure, Stormwater, Geotechnical, Remediation, etc.  I would make sure you have a solid understanding of ...
  • Darsh

    Added Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Hello, I am in the final year to completing a bachelor's in Physics (UK) and I really want to study Aerospace engineering for a Masters. From what I can see most universities prefer Aerospace undergrads for those courses, so I am at a disadvantage. I was wondering if anyone has ever done a similar transfer before, and if you have any suggestions - for applying to universities or in general. Thank you :)
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  • jackie

    Added Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    I have questions regarding the job of mechanical engineering . I have studied abroad because I used to live in Portugal. I studied in the University of Coimbra. I have a bachelors in mechanical engineering, and I was wondering if with a bachelors from another country, Or if a masters is more beneficial. If you could please give me more information about this I would greatly appreciate it. Jackie Barreira
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  • Added Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    but my mom said am too young am only 13 years old what do I do ?
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    Answered 12 days AGO
    Hi Jordan, If you want to create make-up, a chemical engineering degree is a great choice, and you are never too young to get started if you think you might want to be an engineer. To get started now, see if you can attend summer programs and camps that ...
  • Navira Shandra

    Added Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Hello, i am about to entry undergraduate study but i am so confused which study program should i take. I attended vocational high school in department of analytical chemistry also i ever had internship as a chemical analyst and worked as a microbiology analyst. I know how it is like to be a chemist or microbiologist and working in lab, doing research and stuff and sometimes it was boring so i am thinking of taking chemical engineering instead of chemistry. Also compared to the salary, chemical ...
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  • Rickson Gracie

    Added Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    My previous degree is a BA in civil engineering with a lot of courses in programming & electronic technology that my employer has paid for. I've worked as a controls engineer for 5 years now. If someone has taken this path, or could provide strategies on how to execute this goal I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you
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  • Alise, Sacramento asked Jenni Glauser, Pratt & Whitney

    Added Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Hey (:, I was just curious on if & how did you get your foot in the door as far being an aerospace engineering, meaning did you do everything on your own, network, internships? Because right now im trying to pursue working for NASA since not a lot of women are known to be working in this field. Im a junior now, & I just turned 17 but I just want to get any leadway I possibly can right now. Thank You So Much.
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  • Abby, Acworth

    Added Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Hi, I am tied between some careers including industrial design and mechanical engineering. I am pretty right/left brain balanced so I love sciences/logic and the arts/creativity almost equally. I don't really like math (I did until it stopped making sense. I'm willing to persevere through math classes in college, though i'm not sure if i want calculus or higher to be a part of my everyday job) and i'm not a fan of physics. However I love inventing and building things and understanding how ...
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    Laura Halverson, Affiliated Engineers, Inc
    Answered Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 5:17 AM
    Abby, calculus is one of those things I look back at associated with my college career and realize I never use it in my day to day work as an engineer.  I use math daily, but it is the match that "makes sense" focusing on the basics of addition, ...
  • Mehwish, Pakistan

    Added Friday, January 20, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Hi i hope you are fine . I am Mehwish A senior student of university and i am majoring in Chemistry . I want to do my MS in cheE . I wanted to ask Can i do it and which universities in US allow you to switch your major from chemistry to chemical Engineering . Can i become an engineer now after my bachelors in Chemistry ?
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    Answered Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 8:22 AM
    Hi Mehwish. Changing between two similar majors such as Chemistry and Chemical Engineering happens all the time. Look into Chemical Engineering programs and find one you are interested in. Then once you have a few in mind you can contact them about ...
  • Priyanka, Tirunelveli

    Added Friday, January 20, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    I'm doing final year in Civil engineering in B.E. I want to be in good position in company's like MNC. For that is UG is enough or PG? And can you tell what are the best job opportunities in civil engineering for girls? What are the Government exams i can write for civil engineering posting?
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  • Mary, Manila, Philippines asked Alicia Bailey, Sain Associates

    Added Friday, January 20, 2017 at 1:43 AM

    Good day, Engr. Alicia. I have already graduated with a degree that is far related from civil engineering. I followed my parents' decision for me at that time. But now that I'm making my own money, I want to follow my heart's calling. I have always wanted to be a civil engineer. My mum is an engineer, as well and she didn't think I would survive engineering classes because I am not that good at maths and physics. But when I look at the buildings, bridges, tunnels, and contemplate how those are ...
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    Alicia Bailey, Sain Associates
    Answered Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:55 AM
    Thank you for your question. First off, your age should not matter in terms of going back to college. There were several people in my engineering classes who had either done the military or a different career prior to engineering school so there were ...
  • Elie, Philippines

    Added Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:50 AM

    Hi girls! I'm Ellie, a licensed Mechanical Engineer based here in the Philippines. I started working since 2013 as Project Coordinator and now as a Purchaser. My problem now is that i felt like I'm falling out of love of my career. It feels like i'm not interested in engineering anymore. But I don't even know what will i do if i quit my job. I don't know what to do now. It's really a struggle to wake up every morning knowing that i will leave my apartment doing a thing i don't love anymore. ...
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  • Niita, Bangalore

    Added Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Hello, I am currently in my final semester of my B.E Computer Science Engineering. The only thing I've realized is that I am not such a good coder, maybe that's why I haven't got placed yet in any of the companies that has visited my campus. Back in my college days, I was inclined towards Physics and always wanted to take up Aeronautics/Aerospace as a Career then, but seeing that CSE was easier I opted for that. Now that I know CSE isn't for me, can I pursue in Aeronautics? How can I validate ...
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    Answered Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Dear Niita, 

    Something similar happened to me. I completed my undergraduate degree in physics and decided that it was not what I wanted to do forever. I decided to go to graduate school for  engineering. My physics background gave me a unique ...

  • Alexandra, Chicago, IL asked Erin Brooks, Tesla Motors

    Added Monday, January 9, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Hello, My name is Alex and I happened to stumble on this website in search for some engineering advice. I currently study environmental science but have found myself extremely interested in engineering, especially when it comes to cars and transportation. The university I am currently attending doesn't have any engineering programs so I would have to transfer to a different school. I am about to finish my third year of school, and I am nervous that if I switch now it would be too late for me or ...
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