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Can I still get an Entry Level Mechanical Engineering job with this situation?

I earned my Mechanical Engineering degree December last year and due to my lack of experience and poor GPA i was not able to get an entry level job as a mechanical engineer; however, i made some little but significant steps in getting back on track to finally pursue my career. I joined a volunteer organization that develops and implements sustainable engineering community projects, and I am currently working as a Machine Operator in the daytime while taking CAD/CAM, and other technical classes at a local community college at night. I'm hoping that my volunteer work, my technical classes, and the kind of industry(i work for a manufacturing company that produces thermoformed plastics) that i worked in will somehow substantiate the needed experience and technical skills in lieu of intership/co-op and or GPA. Is this a viable idea in order to rebuild the broken path to my dream career or should i finally walk away from Mechanical Engineering forever? I am not smart enough to get a 3.0 GPA as a student and though i worked hard in school i struggled pretty much in all my college years.As an undergraduate I even approached a professor once about a research assistant position but i was turned down. I am consistently trying to accept the very painful reality of not becoming a mechanical engineer but i find it difficult to be at peace with myself; I realized that I live and breath ME and its just unfortunate that I am not smart enough, and I lack the experience to do it. Any Mech. Engineers out there with a similar situation, or perhaps a few honest comments out there from Human Resources people about this kind of situation? Am i making the right moves to get back in the right direction or is it no longer practical for me to pursue a career as a Mechanical Engineer? I'm from California by the way, and I'm not sure what the job outlook is for Mechanical Engineers in the state.

Asked By: javs - 6/12/2009
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I think you should be realistic about your job prospects, but also stay committed to being in ME. The real question is, do you have to be an actual ME, or can you perhaps do something in the ME field but not specifically the engineering yourself. For example, how about a Sales Engineer role? You would need a strong... More
Answered By: Pugboy - 6/13/2009
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I am a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering and i all i have to say is that you just have to keep studying. I study about 5 hours a day everyday and i currently have a 3.9GPA with only a few classes left until i graduate. Just put the time into studying and you should be great. Heck for my differential equations... More
Answered By: djwilliamt - 6/12/2009
 
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