Straight or systems engine

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  1. wacom

    wacom Member

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    My DS is in a quandary about whether to so straight or system engine. He has received advice from other students. I told him he needed advice from alumni that have majored in one or the other and have worked in the real world or gone into service and see what they say. He said he didn't know of any so I am asking here. If you majored in straight, are you glad or do you wish you had majored in systems and and why. If you majored in systems are you glad or did you find that it was not necessary.
    His ultimate goal is to fly with the Coast Guard so which should he do.
    Thanks.
     
  2. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    Go sweathog, hands down. He will have a much better GPA and have a much better chance of getting fight.

    If he is not getting solid Bs or better in Diffy Q, or Statics and Dynamics or Mat Sci and Strengths then he should run as fast as he can AWAY from systems as he would likely bail out within a tri or two anyway.

    I only know of one alumni who thought it was worth it because his ultimate goal was to be a Naval Architect. He now owns his own Design firm.
     
  3. cmakin

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    The first time the Systems track was offered was with my class (81). I am not sure how much it has been adjusted since then. I did not take the systems track since I intended (and did) go to sea after graduation. I have no regrets about my decision and used the skills I learned in the practical classes (metal joining, cutting, diesel lab, etc.) while at sea. I also still tap what I learned (at least what I can remember) in my current position as an insurance adjuster and surveyor. KPEngineer has it right. The systems track can be more challenging because of the more difficult classes that are likely to be less beneficial for someone looking to fly as opposed to one looking for a PE license.
     
  4. wacom

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    Thanks guys. He is a solid "B" kid so that is not the problem. He has been advised by students to go straight instead of system. Just wanted some outside advice.
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    If his goal is to fly then his goal is to graduate on time with a good GPA. Straight engine will be much easier in that regards than Systems (so sayeth the deckie :smile: )
     

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