Engineering -> Industrial or Electrical?
Old 05-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, maybe it's not the right section, but i try this attempt: next september i'm enrolling at the college and fter some remarks I reduced the choice to, as i told in the title, electrical engineering and the industrial one. I like very much both of them (though i'm more interested in the scientific part of the engineering instead of the business, and all that concerns the distribution of the electricity and all this stuff attracts me). Now, a very important consideration is I'd like very much to leave Italy and move abroad (Canada, USA, Australia expecially) even if I know it won't be very soon (first experiences at least must be done here: I'd only sell sandwiches abroad at the first times lol), so, with all being said, i'm asking to people who knows more than me about this topic for sure: considering my will to go out of this mediocrity, considering i like very much scientific subjects so i'll study something i like for sure, what would you advice to me?


I also noticed not very much universities teach Industrial Engineering, while almost everyone has an Electrical Engineering Department: is there a specific reason?
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's because industrial engineering is a much more focused discipline than electrical. Most universities offer electrical, civil, mechanical because they're broad disciplines. However, industrial engineering is a focus inside of mechanical engineering (I think), just like geotechnical engineering is a focus inside of civil, so therefore not as many universities specialize like that.

My advice: take a co-op program so that you come out of school with experience, making it easier for you to get a job than if you didn't do co-op. As to whether you do industrial or electrical, I don't know what to tell you. It's all about what you're interested in, and you should talk to a counselor at your high school and do research.

I'm doing co-op civil engineering at MUN in Newfoundland and I love it. Just finished my first work term and am currently in school for the summer.
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For co-op you mean something like internships?


ps: anyway, what's more requested between them according to what you know?

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Co-op is internships. I'm not sure which is easier to get a job with, generally it's relatively easy to get a job with any engineering degree so you won't have a problem from doing either. Do whichever you're more interested in is my advice.
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I see... Btw, as I asked which of these two jobs is more requested there? Here the electrical eng is very researched (there ain't very much people bachelored in this field), otherwise industrial engineering is having a huge increase of people who're taking a bachelor regarding it.
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