Is CA difficult studying or engineering difficult

Is it very difficult to study?

Hello Mika,

There are certainly some parallels between mechanical engineering and civil engineering with regard to the basic lectures, but in terms of their orientation they are two completely different fields of study. Civil engineering is about constructive building, the environment and water, whereas mechanical engineering is all about machines, processes and process engineering.

Events / subjects such as technical mechanics, engineering mathematics and descriptive geometry / drawing / CAD are comparable and sometimes even identical.

I can of course tell you a little more about civil engineering: in the bachelor's degree you basically learn a little from all areas, i.e. from traffic (road / rail) to the environment (water supply and hydraulic engineering) and traffic to structural engineering (steel construction, timber construction, solid construction , Statics, fire protection etc.).

In general, the mechanical engineering degree is considered to be a bit more complicated, because it really goes into great detail here about machine and system designs and processes. The subjects of civil engineering are a little easier to understand because you have all the things learned there around you on a daily basis. You move in traffic or on the rails, you walk into a lot of different structures etc. pp. That is why civil engineering is probably always a bit more practical, because everyone can do something with it. But not with the inner workings of a turbine (mechanical engineering) ;-)

But I can't tell you what you should do. It's entirely up to your interests. If you like tinkering with machines and want to deal with the functions and optimizations down to the smallest detail, then mechanical engineering could be the right subject for you. If you love to plan large structures or transport projects, then civil engineering is your choice.

Every degree is demanding. The more you are interested in the content, the easier it will be for you. So the level of difficulty is purely subjective. If you can put yourself in a machine's position with every screw, then mechanical engineering, for example, will certainly be easy for you. If not, you will probably have to try harder. It is similar with building. If you have absolutely nothing left for buildings and constructions, if you are no more interested in bridges, stud dams or skyscrapers than just the object they represent, then the civil engineering subjects will probably be very difficult for you.

Most of them struggle through the basic courses (mathematics, mechanics, etc.). But from the 3rd semester at the latest, you should have fun with your studies, no matter which direction you choose. If you always learn everything without interest just to survive, it will always be very exhausting.

At most universities you can decide how much time you spend at university, as there is usually no compulsory attendance. I think it's pointless to study and not go to lectures, but everyone can decide for themselves. As a student, you are solely responsible for yourself and your learning progress. You can take exams whenever you want. So you can be at the university very little, always to your lectures (that's between 4 and 7 hours a day) or almost the whole day (if you also meet fellow students in between or want to study on campus). But you decide that all by yourself. Just as much as you have to or want to learn. On the one hand, it depends on your interests, on the other hand, on the time you are willing to invest in your future. I know that at 17, right after school, it can be overwhelming when you are solely responsible for everything. But unfortunately it is so - you divide your time and all things completely by yourself and on your own responsibility.

Depending on the subject chosen, the course can of course be drier or more practical (this applies to mechanical engineering and civil engineering). You can work purely theoretically or very practically. In civil engineering in particular, there are many opportunities for practical things (including e.g. jobs in engineering offices). But that's up to you again, what you want and how motivated you are.

Nobody will carry anything after you. What you want, you have to take or work for it ;-) However, once you have found the subject that suits your interests, you will certainly like to spend your time studying and not find it dry.

What you will work as after graduation is very different. As a mechanical engineer, you usually go into industry (automotive industry or any company with large factories). As a civil engineer you can do everything possible, as a planner or executor, as a traffic engineer to a site manager or in industry or in authorities. Or you can set up your own engineering office. Depending on what kind of civil engineer you are or want to become. The selection is really huge.

I hope that I could help you a little. Certainly my answers are quite general, but so were your questions.

If I can still help you, I'll just let you know.

Greetings Steffen