The truth is it’s a jungle out there, and it’s getting worse. It’s survival of the fittest now more than ever, and the more tricks you have up your sleeves, the better. If you know CAD, that’s just ok. But, you could be readily replaced by a ME when the competitive marketplace forces your employer for a higher notch of quality or more precision designed parts, high-tech materials, etc.
Along with this, the MEs are under more and more pressure to get their FE (EIT) certification. And, after that, then there’s more pressure than ever to get your PE.
(Even MEs under pressure to know CAD, so a ME can do the job of two people.)
Yup, it’s a jungle out there. Just knowing CAD can send you hopping from job to job never developing a stable work environment, always sending out resumes, potential loss of retirement fringe benefits, etc. Or, leave you stagnant in a dead-end job which is equally frustrating.
Think big…it’s the only way to stay one step ahead of the kid coming up fast and furious behind you. Also, pick an undergrad, accredited ME program that’s as cheap as possible. Save your money for grad school. Yes, it never ends…
That said, it’s still no gravy train once you’ve reached the top of your game. My advice? For all that hard work, you’re better off going to med school. At least doctors are respected whereas MEs are shit upon…and medicine is an open-ended career. The ME life is that of a hired-hand, on an as-needed basis. Take the auto industry, for one. Besides, how many times does someone in the general public (i.e. the people you’ll date, etc.) say to a doctor “What does a doctor do, anyhow?” :mad:
Sounds grim, but you better get used to it,