Originally Posted by mosquitocontrol
If you can do it in any way possible without taking out loans I say do it. I graduated a mechanical engineer and stayed for my masters. After working 2 years I realized I HATE it with a passion. But now I'm stuck for 10+ years until loans are paid off. If you already know what you dislike, run far away before its too late.
How is it I became an engineer because I like to tinker with things and use my hands. But nearly every engineering job that doesn't require a PhD has you sitting in a cubicle in front of a computer?
I'm finding myself in a somewhat similar position. While I love the hands-on aspects of being a ChemE (i.e. being out in the plant troubleshooting a faulty pump, actually running a process, etc.) the long hours in front of the computer writing reports, process instructions, and doing scale-up calculations can be maddening from time to time. Couple that with the fact that the plant I'm based at here in PA is a union shop and I can't do all that much monkeying around up here. Now, when I'm down at our southern VA facility it's a different story entirely. No union, much more relaxed atmosphere, and nicer people. I basically have free reign to do what I like when I'm there as far as making on-the-fly process changes, being in the production areas, and in general just walking around the place.
Needless to say, I like when I have to travel. Apart from the 6-hour drive, that is. And I do like my job. I just really wish I got more time in the lab, is all...That's probably what I miss most about my internships, the actually getting to make stuff. Oh, well. I'll put in a few years and see about going back to school. Who knows? Maybe I'll have enough saved by then to start my own nanobrewery!