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Mechanical Engineering or Computer/Software Engineering, Which is More Demanded?

10/23/2014 3:09 PM

Hi everyone, I'm an Italian engineering student and I started my freshman year in engineering. I'm enrolled in Industrial Engineering (Industrial Engineering in Italy encloses all the manufacturing engineering disciplines) but I can switch from one engineering to another without problems, as we all study the same subjects during this first year.

I've had this doubt for months. My dream is to move to the USA. I love both mechanical and computer/software engineering, but on equal terms, I would prefer slighty more being a mechanical engineer.

Everyone keeps telling me to choose what I prefer, because there are plenty of jobs for both careers, but to be honest with you, I can't imagine what kind of job foreign mechanical engineers do in the USA.

Having said I love both, I would like to hear from you. Please be clear, and tell me what kinds of job foreign mechanical and computer engineers do in the states. Thanks!

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Re: Mechanical Engineering or Computer/Software Engineering, which is more demanded?

10/23/2014 4:51 PM

What about taking an extra class each semester and graduating with both degrees? Which ever field you get a job in you will have an advantage over others with your second degree.

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Re: Mechanical Engineering or Computer/Software Engineering, which is more demanded?

10/23/2014 6:41 PM

Foreign mechanical and computer engineers do the same kinds of jobs in the USA as any other engineers do.

Communication skills are very important. You seem to have those, so you will do OK.

Many students change majors after the first year. Wait till the year is over to decide.

I'd pick mechanical engineering because I like tangible things. You will have to decide for yourself.

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10/23/2014 7:06 PM

Plenty of jobs is only for good engineers. Now for obvious reasons, a computer engineer's expertise loses edge much faster. And after some age, it's normal to start resisting change, and don't let anyone tell you different. By now you must have an idea on what you could do better, if not, maybe something else is for you. Just don't let politic creeps made-up crisis force you into decisions. S.M.

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Re: Mechanical Engineering or Computer/Software Engineering, which is more demanded?

10/23/2014 11:07 PM

I always think that being in one sort of business will give you more job opportunities in that business, but could just become the average job.

While if you are standing between two fields of engineering you would become the linking specialist in between these two fields. It will be a high grade of specialisation with less job options, but if you can establish yourself in it it is unbeatable in the rewards.

You ought to find out if there is a field of specialisation in between mechanical and computer engineering. What about Mechatronics for example?

An engineer does what en engineer does, foreign or not. We are most of the time foreigners in most countries anyway. The work we do is what is we are being asked to do. If in doubt about the what start with the Who you want to work for.

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10/23/2014 11:59 PM

Try the new field called "mechatronics"

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10/24/2014 12:30 AM

Do what you love the most. The rest of it will work itself out on its own.

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Re: Mechanical Engineering or Computer/Software Engineering, Which is More Demanded?

10/24/2014 12:33 PM

In my mechanical engineering course, they have mechatronics, automation and electrical plants and machines classes. My university trains you in every single aspect of the engineering field you choose, so you'll be very handy.

However, what are the most sponsoring mechanical companies in the USA? Thanks in advance!

P.S. Taking two degrees, besides not being allowed in Italy, would be too hard.

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Re: Mechanical Engineering or Computer/Software Engineering, Which is More Demanded?

10/24/2014 1:18 PM

Remember that you'll need to be a US citizen or have a green card from Immigration in order to work in the US. If you have skills that are in short supply amongst US nationals, a prospective employer can get permission to hire you for a fixed amount of time, maybe 2 years. We see this particularly for computer science/computer engineering. The rules could be different when you graduate, either more lenient or stricter.

I don't know what happens if you work for an Italian engineering company and that company sends you to work on a job in the US. This might be an option to explore.

Enjoy your studies! You will find the right specialty.

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