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An agricultural mechanization engineering student needs advice about his future job

Ahmad Sawan


Hi guys

I am a student in my second year of technical engineering,I am studying in the agricultural mechanization engineering department,I want advice about my major and what should I care about it.. Engineering programs or Other things,Also, I really don't know what my duties are when I become an engineer

Note :I live in Syria and it is difficult to rely on my college ,The duration of studying engineering in Syria is five years

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If there is any way you could co-op (work for a company who builds agricultural mechanization devices for several months each year) that would be most enlightening. I know a recent graduate of the university here who has already participated in exciting implementations and has several job offers to choose from. This is a wonderfully productive and growing profession.

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Dudley's advice is certainly good. Co-Op is a chance for you to experience the job before you graduate, and also a chance for the company to get a good look at you. Co-Ops often receive job offers upon graduation.


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" I really don't know what my duties are when I become an engineer"

Welcome to the club! 

In my private practice I never know what is coming my way. Co Op is an excellent recommendation. It has been 30 years since my last degree and 42 since my first. I don't know how things are today in US colleges let alone your country. 

There is so much class work that practical office/hands on knowledge is not something made time for. If your professors have never worked in industry, they may not know what to tell you to expect.

Two pieces of information that I have acquired I will pass along here.

1) Many colleges train engineers to be scientists. The disciplines overlap but they are different. 

2) Approximate, Approximate, Approximate. Sort of an off shoot of number one. A scientist may require an answer to 5 decimal places but as an engineer it is unlikely. If your stress calculation indicates you require a steel bar with a cross section of 1.393739 inches, you will likely select a standard bar of 1.5 inches for most applications. If you are designing flying machines were weight is a critical factor, then you might have a bar made to 1.400+/-.005 inches.

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by an engineering student. He asked a series of questions and I answered more from experience than any text book, which is the intent of the interview assignment. As a follow up I directed the student to a series of events in my career I have documented and posted on a blog.   http://www.jagengrg.com/blog

Good luck,

Joe Gulino

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