“For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by things large and small. I wanted to know what made my watch tick, my radio play, and my house stand. I wanted to know who invented the bottle cap and who designed the bridge. I guess from early on I wanted to be an engineer.” -- Henry Petroski, Ph.D., noted professor, author, and engineer
At some point in your life—or, more likely, at many points—a well-meaning person will wander up to you and ask what you plan to do as a career.
Your skills and interests should be the biggest factors in choosing what to study at college. But it’s also important to learn about the career prospects of different majors. Everyone has to make a living, and if you’re torn between two or more undergraduate programs, the professional outlook for each one could help you make a decision. Today’s employers are on the lookout for candidates with skills that help their organizations adapt to a rapidly-changing world.
Mechanical engineering is a popular college major choice, and for good reason. Mechanical engineers are perennially in demand, they have great career stability, and they earn an above-average salary.
With their own ETCS Student Success Center—which exists for the sole purpose of helping current engineering, technology, and computer science majors—along with the Help Corner, which offers engineering-specific tutoring, IPFW is an ideal university to choose if you’re an aspiring engineering student.
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest disciplines of engineering. Those who study it are involved in product design and development at nearly every stage—all the way from initial research to fine-tuning mechanical components.