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what classes/subjects should an engineering student focus on

what classes/subjects should an engineering student focus on

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I am a senior in mechanical engineering. I currently work for a mid sized company looking to tap into the manufacturing market. What skills should a young engineer focus on to start up a manufacturing business? We are particularly interested in robotics (for welding and plasma cutting) and CNC sheet metal bending.

RE: what classes/subjects should an engineering student focus on

In my experience, you should focus on business classes if you want to be helpful in creating a start-up. School is great for building your foundational knowledge, but the most important classroom will be in the field participating with professionals and getting hands on time. Business class will prepare you for the marketing and planning aspect of moving into a new industry, where working with the team of veterans at your place of employment will provide more than any class will.

RE: what classes/subjects should an engineering student focus on

My father, who was a Mech. Eng. and designed machines his whole life, told me something I can verify as true now that I've been out of school over 30 years myself: You won't use 25% of what you learn in school. The problem is you can't know WHICH 25% it will be. So - learn it all and never stop learning.

RE: what classes/subjects should an engineering student focus on

I didn't realise this until after I graduated, but the most helpful course I took at university was industrial design. It taught me how to look at things from a non-engineers perspective and has been invaluable.

Designer of machine tools - user of modified screws

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