Mechanical Engineering Or EEE (Electrical & Electronics) for a career at Tesla?

Mechanical Engineering Or EEE (Electrical & Electronics) for a career at Tesla?

EEE or Mechanical? I am a type of a person who is very much interested in vehicles, airplanes and technology. As a result I find myself being interested in both.

Please comment from your experience (Seniors and others with knowledge) on both of these.

I was given EEE at my university which was my 2nd preference but now they have given me my 1st preference which is Mechanical, suddenly. I'm in such a dilemma now.

It is better if one can reply me regarding scopes after 4 years I have heard good about both.

I'm really interested in automobiles .however i feel it difficult to decide better mechanical engineering or EEE (Electronics and electrical)... i find both interesting when it comes to either.

please reply asap as i have to choose my major for my bachelors. I have heard that doing double majors taking 5 years (normal 4 years) at my university is not advisable because overspecialization isn't good! thanks! :)

I did my homework on the careers page at Tesla motors and found under intern/coop for engineering, requirements included understanding of thermodynamics and heat transfer (which is part of ME)

Knowledge of electronics packaging issues: isolation, EMC, heat sinking and cooling, tolerances, materials, fastening, and machine design elements.

Experience with power semiconductors - IGBTs, Mosfets, and gate drive circuits.

Knowledge of lithium-ion battery technology and electrochemistry a plus.

Knowledge of power supplies a plus.

Which is a mixture with EEE.

There is no mechatronics at this university and I heard that it isn't good as its not a core discipline but a mediocre one!
What should I do?

I have this conception that electric cars have reduced scope of mechanical engineers.
Electric motors come under mechanical engineering or electrical? If both, then which one is more?
I think I probably have a misconception that cars are becoming more electric and electronic than mechanical especially as I accidentally found Mr.Dan's video who is a mechanical engineer at Tesla giving invaluable career advice. I found it comforting.

I love Tesla

Brian H | 27. August 2013

Prediction is hard, especially about the future.

Flip a coin!

Timo | 27. August 2013

Prediction about past is ... oxymoron?

Mr. Electric | 27. August 2013

My advice is to work on an electric car project.

I`m a student from Germany.
I study mechanical engineering and work at our formula student electric team.
My focus is on mechanical parts but you learn a lot about electronics, too.

Yunger | 28. August 2013

I don't think cars will stray to far from very fundamental mechanical engineering principals. They are just to tied to the physical world, no matter how computerized or electrified they become.

Go with whichever major you think you will enjoy more and be more passionate about, because it will be your passion that Tesla wants more than a certain degree. Besides, you can always switch or go back to school and get another degree(overspecialization is a load of BS).

Also, I would imagine chemical engineering would bring the greatest advancements to EV's, as battery technology is the most crucial part to an EV. That wouldn't help for getting a job at Tesla though, as they don't design the actual battery.

shumayal | 28. August 2013

Thanks a lot for all your replies. I wonder would a b.e mechanical engg be complimented easily with a masters in Electronics (maybe feedback, systems & control) or vice versa?
Say for instance in the link I shared, Tesla's requirements for the engineering coop/intern as aforementioned.

Please note, I'm not looking for specific answers to Tesla alone but a more generic situation of the automobile industry after 4 years as I graduate.

Is the era of electric cars predicted going to come very soon?

Or like the hydrogen fuel celled cars were told by engineers in the Eighties that it will be no more than 10-20 years for the age to come and the answer today remains the same.

On a side note, a hydrogen ICE like the one in Aston Martin Rapids will again be involving mechanical bits right?

And finally, is the "electric motor", is something to do more with a mechanical engg or electrical? I understand it is both but whose side is it more on?

PS: I might or am asking lots of silly questions but I have just finished high school and not armed with good knowledge. I found both electric, electronics and mechanical bits that we studied in physics at school interesting so I'm having a tough time deciding between the two.

spip | 28. August 2013

Any engineering major will give you a decent chance of getting into the automotive industry. There will always be a place for EE majors even if you are working on a typical ICE car. M.E. will always have relevance as well so it just depends on what you want to do.

Another option could be a materials engineer if you are interested in that type of stuff. The use of plastics, aluminum, carbon fiber, etc. will continue to grow in cars regardless of the drive train.

Your final decision may come down to the level of mathematics that you are interested in and can master.

Brian H | 28. August 2013

TM is more involved in battery design and chemistry than you might think. The cells in their pack are specifically modified for and by them, with proprietary chemistry and "electro-mechanics". And as Elon says, there's only currently enough global LiIon capacity to support a few hundred thousand EVs produced per year, which will need to multiply.

shumayal | 29. August 2013

Thanks for all your replies! It was very informative. I have decided on mech as of now :)

Brian H | 29. August 2013

If you're just leaving HS, be prepared for a study and work load like you've never imagined. Engineering profs make no allowance for anyone else's courses.

shumayal | 29. August 2013

Yes i have just left HS for B.E. Thank You sir. Will keep your advice in mind and plan ahead to work hard IA. :)

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shumayal | 04. September 2013

Thanks a lot! So Mech it is :)

shumayal | 04. September 2013

with a minor in possibly EEE

dz4 | 04. September 2013

My impression from uni was that you get many great ideas & breakthroughs from cross-pollination between different fields – just thinking of many great inventions of the last 50 years, such as MRI - thats physics (NMR) applied to the field of biology / medicine.
You can even think of Tesla itself as a story of cross-pollination of different skill sets in a way that is new.

Minors are great for that.

shumayal | 13. September 2013

Thank you for seconding my idea.