OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Thursday, November 6

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QUESTION: I am an incoming student, Mechanical or Systems Design Engineering?

9 comments

  1. You're asking an online forum to give you career advice while providing no criteria in terms of what you're looking for in a program or any information on your strengths, weaknesses, and interests. You might as well just flip a coin.

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  2. sigh.. so this is the quality of new admissions

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    1. chill, no one says he's getting admitted. hs students haven't even applied yet.

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  3. which one do you think you will like more? If you don't like the program, you are much less likely to succeed.

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  4. Advice. Don't come to Waterloo.

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  5. SYDE ... a broader understanding to engineering.

    To all those hating on the person asking...wtf? This person is trying to make an informed decision by seeking response from anywhere he/she can. What's wrong with that? Who better to ask, than the people actually in it.

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    1. Conversely, such a broad understanding you don't know the fine details and in depth understanding.

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  6. I'm about to graduate engineering. Based on what I've seen in the past 4 years, I'd say syde because

    1. Larger pool of career options
    2. Very tight knit community within syde

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  7. I'm in mech. ME is good if you like classical engineering and physics. There are plenty of different fields you can work in (in fact, I wouldn't say that SYDE has a larger pool of career options at all, ME is very applicable to every industry).

    If you are more into modern engineering/programming, integration of systems (how different types of technology interact with each other and with people) and the like then SYDE would be better.

    Actually, ME and SYDE are really very different so pick based on where your interests lie. I've had a great time in ME but I have SYDE friends who feel the same about their dept.

    Also what @6 says about the tight knit community is true, but that is also a disadvantage because I know a lot of SYDE people who are not involved in any of the things going on on the rest of campus because they only have friends in SYDE and spend all day in E5 (removed from where most other people are.. tbh it's a bit cliquey). To each their own, but I wouldn't personally recommend that you make the tight-knit community thing be a factor in your decision.

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