Is Engineering For Me?

I need help knowing if engineering is for me. For a while, I felt like I was basically set on becoming an engineer, most likely mechanical. However, I've been on 2 tours of General Atomics and from what I saw, the engineers are only sitting in cubicles. Nobody was talking. The only people doing hands on work were technicians. I expected at the least to see some engineers communicating about a project and working together rather than just sitting in their cubicle. I am hoping that their are other work environments for engineers that involve more communication and hands on work. It seems that in school they stress that both of these are important skills as an engineer. So are these skills used at companies besides General Atomics? Are my tours of General Atomics worthy of basing whether I should be an engineer or not? I have also heard that working at smaller companies allows more hands on work and less sitting in a cubicle all day. Is it hard to find a job where you can communicate and be out of your cubicle more than in it? Please explain what your view of the engineering workspace is like or what it actually is like if you are an engineer. Thank you!

Asked By: Lolilolo - 8/30/2011
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Sounds a lot like the trip I took to General Dynamics in the 1950's... More
Answered By: oil field trash - 8/30/2011
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It sounds like you'd enjoy a construction project-oriented engineering job in a contracting company. I've been working in contracting companies with mechanical, civil and electrical engineers for the last 7 years. In the 10 or so projects I've worked on, cubicle sitting only consumes about 20% of my time. The rest is... More
Answered By: iVi - 8/30/2011
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