Random Thoughts Video
I recorded this video while driving from my home in Lebanon, Tennessee to visit a customer in Knoxville. It is the day before the one-year anniversary of the tornado, and I just kind of discussed the stuff that I have been doing.
I discuss some system integration topics, the Automation Academy, and sort of whatever came to mind.
I find it very difficult to grasp the electrical part of the automation when being a Mechanical Engineer. I think I will have to get a degree in Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering or Robotics. What do you think, please.
To me a degree is what you need to prove to others that you know something. You can learn much of the material from much less expensive and time-consuming sources (Like my Automation Academy site, lol). The absolute best way to learn is hands on experience with equipment.
My degree is in Electrical Engineering. I use almost none of what I learned in college, except for “how to learn”. Things become obsolete very quickly, and you need to learn the specific equipment you are working on. Mechatronics classes are pretty good because you get to play with the equipment, but usually the written material is not great and the instructors are often stressed and low paid. They often don’t have real-world experience. Why? Because experienced engineers are paid more than instructors. You best path may be to get a job with a company where you can work with the equipment, that way you get paid to learn.