Iím pursuing a bachelorís degree in mechanical engineering. Computers play a very large role in this field, and I believe that taking CIS courses as well as staying up to date with computer technology is a must for me.
Since high school, where I have taken over three years of computer aided drafting (CAD), computers played a very important role in our education. I am also pursuing a Microsoft Certified Software Engineerís certificate, incase mechanical engineering does not work out for me. Either way, I feel that staying up to date with the latest technology and software will greatly benefit my careerís future.
Mechanical engineers, weather in the car industry, tool industry or even areo technology use many different programs, which happen to be mostly compatible with IBM/PC based systems. One of the better programs is AutoCAD r.14. This program started as AutoCAD r.10, and slowly evolved into r.14, I have used every version beginning with r.10 in high school, and recently acquiring r.14 from an engineer friend. Through the evolvement, the program required a bigger and more powerful machine. R.10 required a 386 DX (math coprocessor) at least 20MHZ and 4MB of Ram. R.14 requires a Pentium 200, a windows 95/98 OS, 64 MB Ram, and a premium video card with at least 4 MB of Ram on it. Luckily, I have easily met, if not beat these minimum requirement, which means that the program runs very quickly and rendering polygons is a snap.
Other programs include CAD Key v95 and Easy CAD, but AutoCAD is the most popular, since it offers a great deal of resources from one program.
Furthermore, most engineering shops utilize more than one computer, usually a chain of stations connected to a server via LAN. This not only allows other employees to collaborate on the same projects, but also allows the management to be on top of everything thatís going on with a simple click of the mouse. Sharing hardware resources is also an added advantage, meaning that printers, plotters, scanners and industrial equipment could also be accessed with a simple combination of commands. Communications within the LAN and even other WANS also become easy and increase productivity, utilizing the Internet to correspond with clients, managers and other offices located all over the world.
This is where my MCSE ties in. I want to offer my employer a wide area of knowledge, and even work as both a mechanical and network engineer. I believe that if I keep up as I have for the last seven years in both field I will have no problem finding work and also be eligible for bigger salary brackets and quicker promotions, making my goal of retiring rich a little easier to accomplish.
Sticking to this career plan is going to require a lot of money, since MCSE training is on the expensive side, as well as keeping up with computer technology, which costs about $1,000.00 for the basics, and several hundred dollars for little things like video cards, sound cards, printers, and other components which eventually need to be replaced. I do think that all of this will pay of in the long run. Right now Iím in the investment phase, and I see myself collecting from these investment in the next two to three years.