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Old 01-12-2013, 01:56 PM   #181
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Senior year was my best year, it gets easier. But by then I had realized I hated the material so maybe I just cared less
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Senior year was my best year, it gets easier. But by then I had realized I hated the material so maybe I just cared less
I'm just having trouble with the math. I'm sure the actual engineering classes will be easier. I just hope working this hard for school will pay off when im done.
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I'm just having trouble with the math. I'm sure the actual engineering classes will be easier. I just hope working this hard for school will pay off when im done.
Take my advice and be sure you like what you're doing once you hit soil mechanics, structural analysis, etc. I had friends that thought concrete design and timber design were the coolest things on the planet, but I wanted to chew on the end of a gun during every class. So now I'm back in school because I hated every minute of my job for 2 years. The only classes I enjoyed were fluids and dynamics, neither of which have much to to with CE, so I'm aiming for physics & aerospace this time around.
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Take my advice and be sure you like what you're doing once you hit soil mechanics, structural analysis, etc. I had friends that thought concrete design and timber design were the coolest things on the planet, but I wanted to chew on the end of a gun during every class. So now I'm back in school because I hated every minute of my job for 2 years. The only classes I enjoyed were fluids and dynamics, neither of which have much to to with CE, so I'm aiming for physics & aerospace this time around.
The only real reason I'm doing CE is because no schools around me have a construction management major so i'm pretty much gunna be an over educated construction manager once finish school I land a job. I could look for a CE job but I already have experience and connections with construction management firms from past internships and highschool. Construction management is just so easy compared to the engineering side of things the, pay doesn't hurt either.
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That's exactly what I did. NCSU has a construction management focus within the CE department, so I still took the FE and could be a licensed PE if I wanted, but I took an estimating class where the regular CEs took traffic design and our senior projects were different. I was bidding work and acted as project manager on the bids I won. I fvcking hated it, and I grew up around construction. After going through all the math, engineering, and problem solving, that kind of work just wasn't challenging enough for me. Babysitting grown men and subcontractors just wasn't something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Don't get me wrong, there's good money to be made in the field but if that's all you're after then you're going to hate life.

edit: I saw in the other thread you mentioned you're talking Calc II. That is by far the hardest math you'll take. I'm in linear algebra and diff eq II (partial diff eq) right now and I would still rather take these than have to take calc II again. Fvck that class.
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Lets see hopefully I could bang all these engineering classes out before I die of old age. I almost changed my major to graphic design last semester semester all these brain frying classes plus work is making me miserable.
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It's worth it in the end. I'll never forget when I looked up at some contrails and something clicked in my head and I could "see" the equations working that I had learned in fluids. If anything, going through engineering made me appreciate math. You'll look at everything in a whole new light.
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What kind of job are you looking for in the physics & aerospace field?
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That's exactly what I did. NCSU has a construction management focus within the CE department, so I still took the FE and could be a licensed PE if I wanted, but I took an estimating class where the regular CEs took traffic design and our senior projects were different. I was bidding work and acted as project manager on the bids I won. I fvcking hated it, and I grew up around construction. After going through all the math, engineering, and problem solving, that kind of work just wasn't challenging enough for me. Babysitting grown men and subcontractors just wasn't something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Don't get me wrong, there's good money to be made in the field but if that's all you're after then you're going to hate life.

edit: I saw in the other thread you mentioned you're talking Calc II. That is by far the hardest math you'll take. I'm in linear algebra and diff eq II (partial diff eq) right now and I would still rather take these than have to take calc II again. Fvck that class.
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What kind of job are you looking for in the physics & aerospace field?
I'm still hashing that out, but definitely private space flight; that market is about to blow up. Like I said, I love fluids so I know I want to focus on aerodynamics in grad school but as far as an actual job I'm not sure. Honestly, I could see myself in a marketing/PR/sales position or managing teams on projects. I love explaining things to people and I'm not socially awkward like a lot of engineers, so marketing is an obvious choice, but I would still like to be doing actual science and solving problems too, so I'm not sure. I have plenty of time to figure that out though.
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I'm still hashing that out, but definitely private space flight; that market is about to blow up. Like I said, I love fluids so I know I want to focus on aerodynamics in grad school but as far as an actual job I'm not sure. Honestly, I could see myself in a marketing/PR/sales position or managing teams on projects. I love explaining things to people and I'm not socially awkward like a lot of engineers, so marketing is an obvious choice, but I would still like to be doing actual science and solving problems too, so I'm not sure. I have plenty of time to figure that out though.
That socially awkward part is so true, I feel like the coolest guy ever sitting next to these other robots in class.
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I'm still hashing that out, but definitely private space flight; that market is about to blow up. Like I said, I love fluids so I know I want to focus on aerodynamics in grad school but as far as an actual job I'm not sure. Honestly, I could see myself in a marketing/PR/sales position or managing teams on projects. I love explaining things to people and I'm not socially awkward like a lot of engineers, so marketing is an obvious choice, but I would still like to be doing actual science and solving problems too, so I'm not sure. I have plenty of time to figure that out though.
I don't mean to bring you down or anything, but those jobs are not easy to find and/or get hired to as a BS out of college. I know you have a lot more experience than most guys who will be competing for the same jobs but it's not easy. I have an MS in fluids and there's no way I could land a job in private space flight as anything but a peon to the PhD's who run the show.

Since my last discussion on my job here, I've actually moved into a new role at my company (medical devices) where I now perform all of the fluid/heat modeling for my entire division. It's a lot of work but I fvcking love it.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that, you and I have similar career interests so look into fields you wouldn't normally think of for being a fluids related industry and go for that. You'll get a sh!t ton more experience and be the resident expert on staff.

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I know, which is why I'm planning on a master's in aerospace. A BS in physics is pretty much useless in any field. And I know I won't jump right in to the big leagues, but I'm willing to put in the work to get there. Not to mention I won't be out for 4-5 years so I'm banking on there being more openings when it comes time to look for a job.
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