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Old December 27th, 2014, 03:10 PM   #1
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Pretty much as it says.
Im extremely interested in three fields and cant decide which one to go to college for. Automotive engineering at ferris state, diesel mechanic at baker of owosso, or heavy machinery opperater at delta college.
Im interested in all fields the same amount but need advice on the colleges. Ive done two visits to ferris and love the program and college. Ive never been to baker or delta yet.
Also does anyone have any experience in the fields? Such as pay compared to the others, or the colleges which would be better.
Ferris will cost 21,000 a year, delta's 15,000 and baker is 12,000.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 03:22 PM   #2
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Old December 27th, 2014, 03:32 PM   #3
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What field do you see yourself doing for the next 30 years?
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Old December 27th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #4
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Where will each field be at in 10 years?
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also look at the current annual income and the hours demanded of each trade.
I know a heavy equip repairman who makes a BUNDLE but his hours are long and he never knows where the next job is located.

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Old December 27th, 2014, 04:00 PM   #6
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Another option is Aviation Maintenance if you are interested in being a mechanic.
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Being that you're still in high school, you'll probably change your mind several times anyway...regardless of what the outcome of this thread is. If you decide in any mechanic type schooling, you'll also have to factor in the costs of good tools and any type of toolbox on top of tuition for school. I had no intentions of going to delta, but we toured it last year as part of a class. Really nice school and everything was up to date.

Consider everything that these guys have said so far. Even though you may switch your major and focus for education, being at a decent school they offers a wide variety of programs is a good place to be. I know of many people who have transferred schools and have credits that don't transfer over.

Fill out FAFSA, do any scholarships you can, and check out what all you can get through financial aid. All of this adds up big time. Depending on what your gpa and act scores were in hs, your school of choice will give out scholarships. I was in the same boat as you about a year and a half ago. Pm me if you have any specialized questions and hopefully I can help out.
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My act was a 19 and my gpa is a 2.69. Id like to do the catepiller program for diesel mechanics at central but it requires a 3.2 gpa and 25 act. And as for as ive heard and seen, auto mechanics dont nearly make as much as a diesel mechanic or heavy machinery opperater. Correct me if im wrong about that. Also a website my school puts me through says that all three fields are growing about the same for the next 10 years so i shouldnt have to worry about availability of jobs. Avaiation is a possiblility. I toured embry riddle down in arizona when i was visiting there this summer and its the top school in the country for avaiation mechanics. Id love to go there but its 60k a year and thats way too much for me.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 06:05 PM   #9
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Baker, Mott or delta for 2 years. LTU or similar for eng, if that's the way you want to go. Do not stop at a BS, Masters or bust in today's workplace. Intern at every opportunity.
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I have worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for 30 years. It is very hard on your body and it's hard to find a place that pays well and treats you good. For the first 15 years I worked at places that treated me like I was an expense not a source of revenue.
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If you can keep out of the drugs, strippers, booze, and gambling, then go work on the road for a few years and bounce around. You'll get a feel for what you like and hate, and put a pile of cash in the bank. Then go to school debt free and with a sense of where you'd like to aim.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 07:43 PM   #12
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Join the military. Enlist in the field that you are most interested in and let them train you. I don't know if they still do it, but they used to guarantee you the field you wanted or else you would not be enlisted. There is also educational benefits available while you are in and I think after you get out also.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 07:45 PM   #13
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Everyone here is stupid (no offense) except for Sol Goode when it comes to college chit........and a few others. I'm not one. I dropped out.....oh and I use badder grammers and stuff.
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What ever you do don't take out student loans and start out in debt. You can work to cover your expenses. Little more to handle, but you will be better off when you are done. Please take the time to determine what your income will be after you finish. Make sure you are satisfied with the pay and the hours and schedule you have to work. So many people don't want weekends or off shift work and find out after they have to work them. Good Luck
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Aviation mechanic isn't that expensive. MIAT has programs as well as WMU in Kalamazoo where I am currently in the program.
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i know a guy that just completed his through MIAT. i cant remember the whole figure, but it wasnt that expensive...just like hondadirtracer just mentioned.
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Go to ferris, be an engineer... Work and pay as you go. Don't get into debt for school. Skip, and I mean fucking run, the other way from career colleges. Diesel mechanic sounds all baller n shit at 19, but guess what....it's cold ass work in the winter, hot and nasty in the summer, and hard on your body. You will have aches n pains as you get older. Heavy equip operator sounds fun, but it's "dirt work". And you'll find youself working in harsh filthy conditions. Not only that, but as you mature your tastes will change, and if your an engineer you have the education to change what you want in your life. If all you know in 10 years is diesel mechanic, and you want to be an engineer, fat chance of that happening. I wanted to be a mechanic when I was your age, and a wise old Indian talked me into business school instead. I did try the mechanics life for a short time though. Guess what I don't have to do daily in my nice clean office, just to make money: get dirty, injured, breathe in nasty chemicals, freeze my ass off, have slush covered cars drip shit on my head while I'm fixing them, sweat my ass off all summer, have scolding motor oil run down imy arm into my armpit, go on unemployment all winter ect you get the idea. Make the choice that you think 35 year old you would appreciate. Oh and the money...a total badass mechanic works his ass off, and tops out at 78-90k per year. How does that compare to a badass hard working engineer salry, for what ya gotta do every day?
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[QUOTE=jaysusr;4454570]Go to ferris, be an engineer... Work and pay as you go. Don't get into debt for school. Skip, and I mean fucking run, the other way from career colleges. Diesel mechanic sounds all baller n shit at 19, but guess what....it's cold ass work in the winter, hot and nasty in the summer, and hard on your body. You will have aches n pains as you get older. Heavy equip operator sounds fun, but it's "dirt work". And you'll find youself working in harsh filthy conditions. Not only that, but as you mature your tastes will change, and if your an engineer you have the education to change what you want in your life. If all you know in 10 years is diesel mechanic, and you want to be an engineer, fat chance of that happening. I wanted to be a mechanic when I was your age, and a wise old Indian talked me into business school instead. I did try the mechanics life for a short time though. Guess what I don't have to do daily in my nice clean office, just to make money: get dirty, injured, breathe in nasty chemicals, freeze my ass off, have slush covered cars drip shit on my head while I'm fixing them, sweat my ass off all summer, have scolding motor oil run down imy arm into my armpit, go on unemployment all winter ect you get the idea. Make the choice that you think 35 year old you would appreciate. Oh and the money...a total badass mechanic works his ass off, and tops out at 78-90k per year. How does that compare to a badass hard working engineer salry, for what ha gotta do every day?
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if you go to a university or college, get summer jobs as an intern. best for your resume.
also, the internship company is more likely to hire you.
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BSME (or BSEE) then MBA. You go to work to make money. Period.
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