You raise a good point, JimT. mechanical engineers should have no pride issues in taking a class like this, just as EEs should have no pride issues taking classes in vibrations or mechanics of materials. All of these engineering core courses are easily forgotten after 20 or so years.
Just wondering - Do you offer any credit for these classes (CEU / PDH / PDU)? Since these are "live" classes, it would be a good addition for those of us now required to have certified live continuing education for ongoing registration. I have no idea what it takes to actually offer something like that, though.
Looks like a good study – and I'd have no "pride" issues in signing up. My gift, since toddler-hood was purely mechanical, and played out in Legos and Lincoln-Logs. On the contrary, all the electronics experience I've gained has come as a force-feed by placing myself in the mix of EE teams and in the heat of scheduled development programs. Studies such as this one would have been very valuable had I taken it 25 years ago.
A course like this is definitely needed for Mechanical Engineers. I've taught a Circuits and Electronics course to a group of undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student's and man the look on their faces were pricely. Can you say Ohm's Law!! I've worked with Mechanical Engineers and electronics and mechanics in the same project context, to some of them, just don't mix very well.
About half of our readers are mechanical engineers, many of whom haven't used EE basics since their first class in circuit theory in college. Much as we hate to admit it, that theory doesn't always stick with us over 10, 20 or 30 years.
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