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Old 03-13-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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Greetings,

I recently graduated Mechanical Engineering and just received two job offers. One is Technical Support Engineer supports sales team and customers with technical expertise; the other is Mechanical Engineer I mechanical engineering design for the petro-chemical industry.

The Technical Support position pays more but I am concerned that there is not a lot of engineering involved in it and it might be harder to use the experience later in life when I look for another engineering position. What is your opinion about Sales/ Technical Support Engineering in general is it a good direction to take as far as advancement, opportunities and compensation go?

Thank you,
Edgar B.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Queens, New York City
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Greetings,

I recently graduated Mechanical Engineering and just received two job offers. One is Technical Support Engineer supports sales team and customers with technical expertise; the other is Mechanical Engineer I mechanical engineering design for the petro-chemical industry.

The Technical Support position pays more but I am concerned that there is not a lot of engineering involved in it and it might be harder to use the experience later in life when I look for another engineering position. What is your opinion about Sales/ Technical Support Engineering in general is it a good direction to take as far as advancement, opportunities and compensation go?

Thank you,
Edgar B.
There's probably a better forum somewhere for this kind of question (maybe try physicsforums? they have a good career guidance forum). I'm not an engineer--just a physics student--but I personally would prefer to get experience with actual engineering for my first job if I were graduating with an engineering degree. Common sense tells me that you would get more valuable experience that way than you would if you were just doing tech support, even if the tech support you're doing is advanced. I think it boils down to: which are you more interested in, design or support?

I suggest taking your question to physicsforums. It's mostly physicists on there, but there are a lot of engineers too.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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I'm an electrical engineer. Given all things equal (job security feelings, location, etc) if it came down to purely money and possible future career path I'd choose the Mechanical Design Engineer. You are right in your thinking that you will get so much more in depth knowledge than the Technical Support Engineer. You may get more money now with the Technical Support Engineer (probably because you have to talk to customers) but the Mechanical Design Engineer has way more potential for future salary growth and knowledge. Good luck Nice to see there are still people interested in engineering in the US
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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I'd also choose the engineering position - I'd also strongly suggest you get your PE. Many more opportunities for advancement - and $$ - with the license.
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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What are the job requirements for both?

I would suggest taking the Mech Engineer I position. That sounds like a tradiational engineering role for a person with a BSME. Pay might be lower, but you will move up the ladder pretty quick if you move hard.

The other position just sounds like one of those psuedo "engineering" positions where the term engineer is incorrectly used. Sounds like you would mostly be in the sales field. While initial pay might be higher, might not be more room to advance. Do they require an engineering degree? A 4-year or 2 year?


BTW I am a design engineer that began as an Mech Eng. I



EDIT: and yes I am the idiot who clicked on a link at the bottom of another thread and posted to a 3 year old thread.
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