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Advice Needed: ENGINEERS - February 21, 2011, 02:21 PM

Its not often that I put a serious thread up but lately I have been thinking about getting my Masters. My degree is in Physics and its useless lol. I want to branch out onto engineering. So there comes my dilemma.

Those of you that work in the field, what is the best engineering field to start moving towards in this day and age (Petroleum, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer??)?

My next question is if the online programs that are offered now a days. Does anyone have any experience with any of them? Are they respected at all or would it make more sense for me to just enroll in a local university? All guidance is appreciated! Thanks!



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Honestly, I think Bio Engineering is huge. I'm not in it but that field won't ever get obsolete.

Computer Science is not bad, that what I'm in. But you have to be able to put up with computer screens for long periods.

Computer Network/Security Engineering is also huge.

I don't know crap about ME and the others you listed =/

You dont have to go with the Masters. Getting fully certified in some of those fields is pretty good. Esp since you already have a Undergrad done.


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Financial.

Do money. Technical aspects of money.

I've got a BS EE and three Masters Degrees (Comp Sci, Resource Mgmt, Procurment). Nobody "loves" me for that ... they all want to know what I have to say about helping them do pricing, contracting, budgeting, cost estimating ...

If you are over 30 ... don't try to be an engineer now. Take your technical prowess and use it to advise people that: budget, cost, or do contracts.

That's the skill that has the biggest bang for the buck, IMO.


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Financial.

Do money. Technical aspects of money.

I've got a BS EE and three Masters Degrees (Comp Sci, Resource Mgmt, Procurment). Nobody "loves" me for that ... they all want to know what I have to say about helping them do pricing, contracting, budgeting, cost estimating ...

If you are over 30 ... don't try to be an engineer now. Take your technical prowess and use it to advise people that: budget, cost, or do contracts.

That's the skill that has the biggest bang for the buck, IMO.
Honestly, I've been thinking about going back to school and getting a degree in Financial Engineering.



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Honestly, I've been thinking about going back to school and getting a degree in Financial Engineering.
isn't that what bernie madoff did ? financial engineering ?


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isn't that what bernie madoff did ? financial engineering ?
Yep. He engineered a plan to make himself rich.


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I recommend Systems Engineering.

3 more months until I can call myself a Computer Engineer.


Also, Electrical and Computer will be very hard for you to get into. You will probably have to take fundamental undergraduate courses before they fully accept you into a program.

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Financial.

Do money. Technical aspects of money.

I've got a BS EE and three Masters Degrees (Comp Sci, Resource Mgmt, Procurment). Nobody "loves" me for that ... they all want to know what I have to say about helping them do pricing, contracting, budgeting, cost estimating ...

If you are over 30 ... don't try to be an engineer now. Take your technical prowess and use it to advise people that: budget, cost, or do contracts.

That's the skill that has the biggest bang for the buck, IMO.
So what would that fall under really? I'm over 30 but have very limited experience in the scientific field. That was part of the reason I wanted to do a Masters.


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No, he engineered a large ponzi scheme...

....You know, sort of like our Social Security System that I'm forced to pay into but will be insolvent in 26 years give or take.



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I would say electrical and computer are good degrees to go with. I hear the masters programs are tough though. I am a programmer and thought about getting my masters at some point, but the more I have looked into it, the more I see it's not worth it from a cost/benefit perspective.
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So what would that fall under really? I'm over 30 but have very limited experience in the scientific field. That was part of the reason I wanted to do a Masters.
Well, that's kinda the point. Because you fall between disciplines you have a special skill that straight engineers usually lack ... and that finance (economics majors) usually lack.

The "right" MBA program would be good, but most of them focus on manufacturing optimization and inventory management.

I think a Masters in "Procurement" would be valuable. It will include just enough management, law, and economics. Add that to a hard technical degree and you should be pretty dangerous.

Experience in your field helps a ton. Show that you spent time in the trenches working your technical undergrad degree ... and it adds credibility.

Look for jobs in contracting, finance ... working directly for the company's comptroller ... or a VP with true spending authority ... maybe start out on a capture team doing the cost analysis in support of Business Development (a brutal life for about 2 years ... but, if you succeed, you have the experience of a lifetime that people will pay for).


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Well, that's kinda the point. Because you fall between disciplines you have a special skill that straight engineers usually lack ... and that finance (economics majors) usually lack.

The "right" MBA program would be good, but most of them focus on manufacturing optimization and inventory management.

I think a Masters in "Procurement" would be valuable. It will include just enough management, law, and economics. Add that to a hard technical degree and you should be pretty dangerous.

Experience in your field helps a ton. Show that you spent time in the trenches working your technical undergrad degree ... and it adds credibility.

Look for jobs in contracting, finance ... working directly for the company's comptroller ... or a VP with true spending authority ... maybe start out on a capture team doing the cost analysis in support of Business Development (a brutal life for about 2 years ... but, if you succeed, you have the experience of a lifetime that people will pay for).
Good stuff thanks!! I'm definitely going to look deep into this.


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These guys are leading you down the wrong road. You didn't ask how you can make a lot of money. You asked how you could pursue an interest. Do what you love, be a cut above the rest, and the money will follow by the bucketload. Do something just for the sake of making money, and you may regret it.

What did you enjoy more, Physics 1 or 2? In other words, Newton or Kirchoff?


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These guys are leading you down the wrong road. You didn't ask how you can make a lot of money. You asked how you could pursue an interest. Do what you love, be a cut above the rest, and the money will follow by the bucketload. Do something just for the sake of making money, and you may regret it.

What did you enjoy more, Physics 1 or 2? In other words, Newton or Kirchoff?
Good point as well. Honestly I always found theoretical physics interesting but not fun. I like both Newtonian and Kirchoff's laws so I guess either path will be fun.


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