posted on Jun, 4 2016 @ 09:55 AM
a reply to: onequestion
As an engineer I recommend to take the courses. Otherwise, it all depends how far up you want to go in the career ladder.
If you go through the apprentice route in a shop you are sure to reach a certain level which you will not be able to overcome due to the lack of
You may be familiar with people that get mad because the company promotes the new guy instead of them when they have been in the company for years.
The reason for this will always be lack of studies, the company can not promote somebody to take certain responsibilities without a degree. (Let's
call it "insurance" in the case something goes wrong and the company gets sued)
Remember that the biggest money is in the actual designing of parts, and to be able to do that you have to be a licensed engineer. Note that the
associate degree you are considering can be later accredited to a four year mechanical engineering degree (manufacturing engineer is a mechanical
engineering degree concentrated in manufacturing).
Did notice that the site says manufacturing or design technology but a four year course is not commonly considered a technology degree, maybe you
should ask in an engineering college if they accept part of the courses just in case.
In the future, do you want a technical blue collar job or a more management oriented white collar job? Here lies the biggest difference.
The cons for the degree route is that it takes a little longer before you start making money, since you can't start right away, the higher difficulty
and well, the cost obviously.
edit on 4-6-2016 by efabian because: (no reason given)
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