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    wait a second... I KNOW a kid that goes there... I don't know his last name, but when I figure it out, I'll PM you!

    How f-ing weird would it be to know yet another cprogger indirectly.

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    now wait a freaking second, we called the school, and told them to clear up this discrepancy for us. They said that the *only * difference between the 'tech' engineering degrees and what you guys call 'real engineering' degrees is that with the 'real engineering' degrees they force you to take the FE exam (the fundamentals of engineering exam) when you are done. They said you can still take the necessary tests to become a licensed engineer if you take, say, mechanical engineering technology.

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    I KNOW a kid that goes there... I don't know his last name, but when I figure it out, I'll PM you!
    that would be awesome

    My professors and another PE that I know said that I shouldn't even bother going for my Masters (I'm a Computer Engineer) because it's pointless.

    Do yourself a favor. Go for Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. "Electromechanical" sounds like a EE/ME double major or like a robotics engineer which is pretty much suicide unless you're a genius.
    Yeah, I'm applying to the university of maine's Computer Engineering program(which is completely legit, not the easiest to get into, and well known), but the thing is I actually like the looks of the electro mechanical engineering degree...I wish they had that at UMaine. and i think ur right it's a EE/ME double, hence the reason why they slap an extra year in there (takes five years for a bachelors).

    ober what kind of work have you been doing with your degree (or are you still in school?)
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    Re: Electromechanical Engineering

    Originally posted by Silvercord
    I'm looking into taking Electromechanical Engineering at theWentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. It involves lots of math and heavily relates to computers, which is why I chose it.
    If you want majors that involve lots of math and relate heavily to computers, why not just major in mathematics and computer science? That seems like the obvious solution to me. An engineering major is going to require you to take engineering classes that don't focus entirely on computers. If it's just computers that you're interested in, I'd suggest computer science or computer engineering.
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    As I said, I'm applying for computer engineering at UMaine, and also RIT (I dont' think i mentioned RIT earlier).

    electromechanical, for some reason, still seems extremely sexy to me. i just need to think and read up.

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    >>that would be awesome

    umm... I was talking to Josh.

    Also, I know we talked online last nite, but just for everyone else's information, I did NOT have to take a FE exam. Again, that is to become what is referred to as a PE, Professional Engineer, and that only allows you to sign off on inspections and do other very specific tasks. You don't HAVE to take that test to be an engineer. You HAVE to take it if you want to be a licensed engineer.

    But if you just want to get the degree, you don't have to worry about it.

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    oh i thought you were talking about wentworth for some reason

    i'm wondering, what types of jobs can't you take if you aren't a licensed engineer

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    Anything that requires a PE... like some sort of higher management position that would require you to do inspections of workorders... or any kind of position that would require you to sign off on a design... maybe like a patent engineer.

    And trust me, if you think you might want to get your PE certification at some point in life, you're better off taking it right after you get out of college. My former boss was a PE and he said it is a really hard test, and this guy was freakin smart. He said that if you wait to take it, you may not retain the knowledge necessary to pass it.

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    so basically, it seems like not having the PE isn't a huge restriction, and subsequently isn't something I should put on the top of my list of things to worry about?

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    I would say not. Depends if you plan on reaching upper managment someday or not. And if so, you could always go back and take it anyways... figuring you can retain the info.

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    The coolest engineering is biomedical engineering, of course

    It's basically all engineering fields + medicine, and it has opportunities for any interest. Whether you like making new hydrogels, recording electrical impulses from turtle brains, working with stem cells or gene therapy, making electronics for a hospital environment, analyzing specimens with spectrophotometry, develpoing cutting edge surgical procedures, studying the mechanics of the human body, mathematically modelling neurons, or developing 2D imaging techniques, there is something for you in BME.

    (Anyone guess what my major is?)

    The one downside is that you probably need a master's degree, as the BS degree is often a little broad without great depth. At my college it takes only 1 additional year to get an MS (5 years total, start to finish).
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    Right now I'm stuck between taking Math and Computer Science at the university of Maine, or taking electromechanical engineering at wentworth. We called the school and you can still get a license even if you are taking the 'technology' degree. They said the only difference between the 'technology' degrees and the 'real' engineering degrees is that the 'real' engineering degrees take an extra year to get a BS, and taking the licensing exam is part of the course. Everything actually seems legit at Wentworth, and when I visited I liked the surrounding area in Boston. Plus, I'm really interested in having a job that is something along the lines of machinery design.

    Well yeah, I just thought I'd update you all.

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    Originally posted by Silvercord
    As I said, I'm applying for computer engineering at UMaine, and also RIT (I dont' think i mentioned RIT earlier).

    electromechanical, for some reason, still seems extremely sexy to me. i just need to think and read up.
    RIT..

    i hate that place

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    The coolest engineering is biomedical engineering, of course

    It's basically all engineering fields + medicine, and it has opportunities for any interest. Whether you like making new hydrogels, recording electrical impulses from turtle brains, working with stem cells or gene therapy, making electronics for a hospital environment, analyzing specimens with spectrophotometry, develpoing cutting edge surgical procedures, studying the mechanics of the human body, mathematically modelling neurons, or developing 2D imaging techniques, there is something for you in BME.
    Hey, that sounds really interesting! Is programming involved, by any chance? I'm just sort of reading any posts regarding college degrees...Hopefully I can make a list in my head to remember when I start looking at colleges the next two years
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    JaWiB -- certainly, for a number of areas. My 2 minute brainstorm came up with:

    1) Writing programs for medical devices (e.g. I saw an automatic biopsy machine with a custom-written OS and software, I've seen others running WinCE on a StrongARM, etc.)

    2) Writing programs for image processing. X-rays, CAT scans, PET scans, etc. use some of the most sophisticated image processing in existence to construct useful images. Programs to interpret and display the data gathered by medical imaging are very important and a constantly-evolving field.

    3) Firmware programming for almost any medical device. In fact, I was told by a recruiter from Medtronic that if I had firmware experience, I would be practically guaranteed a position with their company.

    4) "Traditional" (desktop) software for hospitals, clinics, etc. which are moving towards less paper and more electronic recordskeeping.

    5) Developing programs to allow people with disabilities to better operate a computer -- screen readers for the blind, etc.

    6) Writing programs for research applications.

    7) Writing device drivers for custom hardware for research & design purposes.

    I'm sure there are many others. Personally, I've done most of my work-related programming at assembly level, but I have done WinCE programming, too.

    Biomedical engineering is a massive field -- there are many, many subdisciplines, enough for anyone interested in medicine and engineering.
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    Speaking on the subject of computers, what do you guys think is the best college for someone majoring in Computer Science, and possibly minoring in Physics? Right now I want to go to Vanderbilt, if I can get enough scholarship money.

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