Engineering Career Choice ??? Renewable Energy/ Electronic


Hello

I have a big choice with my career. I am not sure what to choose between electronic and renewable energy engineering. Could you please help me if you can.

Thanks

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Pah, its fundamentally a Mechanical engineering degree with some "renewable" guff tagged on the end.

Go for a straight mech eng, or if you are also interested in EE (like me) then go for Mechatronics.

If and when you're looking to "intern" for a couple of weeks, let me know - see my thread in the forum 

Steve, an electronic engineer who inherited and electronic company.
lemonie6 years ago

Electronic.
"renewable energy engineering" sounds stupid, and I could have phrased that with stronger words. It'll be a melange of different modules.
Half of learning is developing your mind, so it doesn't matter what the subject is. Amongst the rest are: what score you can get, what you know that's of any use, and which establishment gave you the certification.

L
mechatr0nix (author)  lemonie6 years ago
You can see some information about renwable energy here

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/renewable_energy.htm

It seems really interesting and you are guarenteed to get a job in it in the next few years. I want to study it to develop new technologies in solar and hydrogen power but I don't know what the actual engineers who have done this course do. If anybody can tell me what an electronic or ren. energy engineer does it would be really helpful.

Both courses start with the same engineering stuff but they enable you to do different things upon graduation and I don't know what electronic engineers can do either. Have any started their own company?
Do you have to go through any general engineering contracting? Sorry, I'm just reading about this stuff recently, I don't know very much at all about engineering.
Pah, its fundamentally a Mechanical engineering degree with some "renewable" guff tagged on the end. Go for a straight mech eng, or if you are also interested in EE (like me) then go for Mechatronics.

Steve, an electronic engineer who inherited and electronic company.
mechatr0nix (author)  steveastrouk6 years ago
I have checked out mechatronics and that is a really good option. Could you please post the mechatronics reply in the main answer section and not as a reply.

and you are guarenteed to get a job in it in the next few years

I don't believe this. Logically I would waste my time looking for that guarantee, so would you point me to where your are reading "guaranteed employment"?

L
mechatr0nix (author)  lemonie6 years ago
Renewable energy engineering is really important for designing wind and solar plants which are popping up all around the world. The engineers are needed in Dubai, the United Kingdom and in a lot of other places. For hydrogen powered cars you also need renewable energy engineers. steveastrouk is right about it being a mainly mechanical degree and other engineers can fill the part of a ren. energy engineer but it is still a small course being offered in a few parts of the world but those who complete it are needed badly for the wellbeing of the environment.
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+1. Especially the second half.
seandogue6 years ago
It all depends where you are. I started off on a chemistry degree, got some bad advise from a friend's parents regarding the future of chemical engineering, migrated to physics and electrical engineering, spent roughly 5 years as general engineer supporting optic, electrical, and mechanical engineering, moved to electrical engineering (including circuit design, systems design, and PCB layout) with a smattering of mech, hydraulics, optics and pneumatics for another 19, and now I'm a programmer and system administrator.

Life takes you in may directions, so I'd consider not focusing too closely.

Presuming you're still as student, choose one as specialty and minor in the other.

And make sure to take some business courses! (they're awfully easy, and what they teach will benefit you in the end)
iceng6 years ago
As a Robot living on electricity, it would do you well to understand your
own positron brain and other principles.

I notice carbon based life-forms that are trained in electronics also
understand renewable energy concepts well enough to contribute to the
engineering of same.

You are a robot.
As Steve points out, you have an infinite time to acquire lots of PHDs.

A
Get the best basics you can. I don't see early specialisation as a benefit.

Steve