Mechanical Engineering and A Late Start... - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > General Discussion> Hotrodders' Lounge
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 03:13 PM
BigBlockBabe's Avatar
Missing You
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Marietta, GA
Age: 36
Posts: 300
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Post Mechanical Engineering and A Late Start...

I'll be 25 in May. I'm looking into things and getting motivated about stuff that I *should* have done when I was 16. I've read a lil about Mechanical Engineering online. There's even a society of women engineers.

If I got a degree in ME, I could get a job at the FoMoCo. How kick *** would that be?

For the first time in my life, I actually care and I'm looking ahead to the future, to a career. I have NEVER thought about what I wanted out of life, or had any goals.

I was gonna make an official post, but I'm about <.> this close to being on the transplant list. I should have a kidney by the end of summer or fall.

THEN, after I get better, the GA Transplant Foundation has a program called Joblink. They'll help me with ANYTHING I need to go to school. They'll even help with testing and talking with me to see what I would like to do.

I mentioned this to my dad and he was like "maybe you should just go to a vo-tech school, be a nurse's aide or something."

Thing is I need something with GOOD benefits and pays good. I don't know how insurance will cover an existing condition, so I may be paying $2,000 a MONTH for medicine.

Anyhow, I just needed to ramble. I think I can do this, but part of me thinks its too late to jump into something so hard. I know there's ALOT of math involved. I used to be good at math, before I got sick.

H*ll, I had somebody call me out on my car knowledge, gave me some numbers and asked me to figure a compression ratio. I used a formula in my engine book, converted the CC's to cubic inches and was only off by like .2. Go me. Now I know that's NOTHING compared to what engineering involves, but I think if I can figure compression ratios with my lack of concentration, then I haven't lost my smarts. Right?

Heh, anyhow, thanks for listening.



    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 03:47 PM
Member
 

Last journal entry: JB's 37 Pickup
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Smoky Mountains
Age: 76
Posts: 2,358
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Post

B Cubed, it's never to late to learn and motivation is the greatest kick start you can have. Engineering is tough but can be worth the effort. When you get an ME degree, you will have had all the math that a math major is required for his little ole BA. This day and age of computers makes things much faster; not easier. Nor does a degree make an engineer. You have to have the the sence to apply you knowledge and the work ethic to do a days work for a days pay. I have known many dumb college grads that think they are paid because they have a degree; absolutely no sence of application or productivity!! Just do it. By the way, Ga Tech has as good an engineering program as any one other than MIT.

Trees
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 04:06 PM
Halloweenking's Avatar
Fantastically cannibalistic!
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Spooksville
Posts: 1,353
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

Trees! I love the name abreviation, B cubed fits so well

Babe, do what you want. Its never to late to learn. If you want to be an engineer go for it. You can do anything if given the right tools to learn with and steps to follow. If you like math and are good at it and you want to be an engineer do it no matter what your pops says, He's just overprotective, and with good reason, hes your father :p I'll flame out the bronco to give it a bit-O-pizzazz and you can arrive to school in style...that is of course if it ever stops raining long enough for me to get anything done!

HK
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 04:12 PM
willys36@aol.com's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild a Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carbureto...
Last journal entry: How to change auto shift timing on 200R4
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Bakersfield
Posts: 8,393
Wiki Edits: 21

Thanks: 1
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Post

BBB; Great news about the transplant! By all means, go for the ME degree when you get all that health silliness behind you. I got mine right out of high school and have never been sorry I did. The first two years are the hardest 'cause you are taking undergrad courses in the chem. dept., the physics dept, the math dept., etc. However the last two years are a blast 'cause you are in the engineering dept. learning something wortwhile for the first time in your academic career. FINALLY solving real world problems!

My advice is to do all the math, physics, chemistry, english, etc. boiler plate classes in JC then transfer to the engineering school. Degree comes out the same but you save $$$, get a lot better instruction and can live off the folks a couple more years!

Yes it is harder than the typical liberal arts BA but not impossible for the average B student. It still is done 1 day at a time which is doable. Trust me, if I can do it ANYONE can! You just gottawanna.

You will learn, if you haven't already, that you can't beat the system. You gotta put in the effort & jump thru the hoops to get the rewards. What does a typical BA graduate make, entry level - $25,000? Engineers start out at a minimum of $45,000 and Petroleum engineers - including MEs working in the petroleum industry - (always the highest paid of all engineering specialties) start out at over $60,000. Chicks are in high demand too. That is nearly all that Texaco was hiring the few years I was there.

Both of my daughters tried it the 'easy' way and finally decided to bite the bullet and go back to college after 25 and get their teaching degrees. So what if you are 32 or so when you graduate? That means you will have +30 years for a career which is plenty in anyone's book!

[ March 20, 2003: Message edited by: willys36@aol.com ]</p>
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 05:16 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SC
Posts: 17
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

It's never too late for anyone to pursue their goals, the hardest part is just sucking it up and doing it. Don't let anyone discouage your ambitions and do what feels right for you. (Nurses aid just doesn't sound like something that the person that started this post would be happy with.)

Best wishes for a quick recovery on the transplant and don't let anyone talk you out of following your passion, if you want to be an M.E., then by all means get out there and become one!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 05:31 PM
crazy larry's Avatar
Member
 

Last journal entry: better comparison before and after shots
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: East Texas
Age: 43
Posts: 2,298
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

[quote]Originally posted by willys36@aol.com:
<strong>So what if you are 32 or so when you graduate? That means you will have +30 years for a career which is plenty in anyone's book!

[ March 20, 2003: Message edited by: willys36@aol.com ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

and if you don't go to school, your still gonna be 32 someday.
the more little initials you have behind your last name, the more money you make. And the less you have to work doing it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 06:44 PM
Gearhead forever's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Elora, Ontario, Canada
Age: 46
Posts: 458
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

BBB, Go for it...If I could go back to school, thats what I'd go after also. Best of luck, you can do it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 07:31 PM
BstMech's Avatar
NYOFP4RJ3CHRIS
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: TN. In the corporate states of America
Age: 41
Posts: 1,552
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Post

GO FOR IT!

Go to the school and talk to people (counselers/Fin. aid etc) to get an idea of what your options are.

Oh yeah, I'm 29 and in school with two brats and a wife that just graduated.

[ March 20, 2003: Message edited by: BstMech ]</p>
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 07:41 PM
78novaman's Avatar
The AMC, FORD, & CHEVY Guy??!!
 
Last wiki edit: Improving fuel economy
Last journal entry: Finally on the road
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Central Ohio
Age: 31
Posts: 299
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Talking

Hell yeah! I'd go for the degree in Engineering! I'm going to graduate when I'm 21 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Going to have lots of possible money making oportunities <img src="graemlins/sweat.gif" border="0" alt="[sweat]" /> . And no, it's not a piece of cake, but I think you'll do ok BBB Calculus and Physics leave me sometimes But if you're tough <img src="graemlins/boxing.gif" border="0" alt="[boxing]" /> you'll make it just fine

Just remember, if you don't have some sort of higher education, you're probably not going to get an awesome job. In other words, you might end up being one of the old people that work at a supermarket when they are 60 years old because they can't afford to retire.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 08:46 PM
BigBlockBabe's Avatar
Missing You
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Marietta, GA
Age: 36
Posts: 300
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Post

Thanks for all the encouraging words.

Willys I'll probably PM you later.

As far wotking at a grocey store when I'm 60, that won't cut it. I HAVE to have a GOOD job or my kidney transplant will reject and I'll be back where I started. Unless I find some un-suspecting rich man to marry me.

Hmm, now there's an idea....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 09:02 PM
Halloweenking's Avatar
Fantastically cannibalistic!
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Spooksville
Posts: 1,353
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

Well theres a post filled with evil dripping from the letters. Want to bag you a suger daddy and on post number 666! If I didn't know better I'd say you just made a deal with the devil. Become an engineer so I can come visit you at work and play with cool stuff

If you plan on doing it any time soon ask him to return my boots! Nothing else goes with my red striped jacket and hat. He's a contemptable cuss he is.

HK
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 03-20-2003, 09:20 PM
BigBlockBabe's Avatar
Missing You
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Marietta, GA
Age: 36
Posts: 300
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Post

lol, Yeah I thought about that when I noticed the one before was 665.

I went and had a chat with the ol chap and he says he lost your boots. Sorry!


:p
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 03-21-2003, 06:22 AM
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: indiana
Posts: 171
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

B cubed I like that too. Engineering is a good field and has been very good to me.
One thing to keep in mind when looking for a school is the job placement program the college/university offers.
Purdue University where my son is planning on attending has a 90% job placement program.
One of my high school friends went there and went to work for fomoco right after school.
he has worked there for about 20 years.
It is never too late to go back and learn.
I am a civil / structual engineer lots of math but well worth it.
who knows maybe you will design the new 429 cobra and the retro effie truck.
good luck in your future
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 03-21-2003, 06:36 AM
Dragon J's Avatar
Member
 

Last journal entry: Harley/Fire
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Just North of I-80 in Middle America
Posts: 533
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thumbs up

Wow.... a topic filled with GOOD WISH POSTS!!! Some people CAN be friendly and instill CONFIDENCE!!! Good Luck and 'GO FOR IT'!!! Also hope the transplant works beautifully!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 03-21-2003, 07:30 AM
Biggarmike's Avatar
Chief Procrastinator
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Florida
Age: 58
Posts: 358
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post

Go get 'em BBB! The letters will get you the $$, the grease under your fingernails will earn you the respect. If anybody can make it happen, it's you!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Hotrodders' Lounge posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.