Engineering VS. Technology?

I've recently been considering both Engineering and Technology as a career choice. I've looked into both careers extensively and am still unable to decide on which degree to pursue. To clear things up, I'm looking into Mechanical Engineering (Many school offer this degree) and Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Only one school in Illinois offers a B.S, in this field). Mechanical Engineering PROS: I enjoy math and science and physics, I have a huge interst in designing machines, robots, simple and complex mechanisms, good pay and hear there is ahigh demand. Mechanical Engineering CONS: I kinda imagine most of them working in office building and designing these awesome machines on their computers and in paper and not necessarily "getting their hand dirty." Manufacturing Engineering Technology PROS: Tons of hands- on work, high technical skills. Manufacturing CONS: Not as involved in designing, don't understand the "science" behind the design of the product. QUESTION: Is my perception of a mechanical engineer and a manufacturing technologist correct? I really want to develop the skills necessary to design machines, build them, maintain them, fix them, understand them, and also have the many technical skills that many manufacturing workers have such as using manufacturing machinery and welding. I hope any of you in the manufacturing field can help me out. Thanks.

Asked By: - 1/12/2012
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As Adam mentioned below, Engineering Technology is typically a two year associates degree. When you graduate and get a job, your title will be 'Technician' as opposed to engineer. In terms of job responsibility (at a design facility such as TRW), the technicians generally take direction from the engineers and receive... More
Answered By: Dhiraj - 1/12/2012
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