I'm an Industrial Engineering Tech and Computer Assisted Machine Tech. majors at my school. I'm about 1/2 of the way through with engineering classes and about 95% done with core classes.
Just so you know, you can get free 14 month trail versions of any autodesk software from this site, as long as you have a student email account: www.engineersrule.org
So far I've got a pirated copy of AutoCad 2008 on my lappy and I'm looking for a keygen for autodesk inventor.
I hate to say it, but autocad kinda sucks for whats being made these days. Inventor, ProE, or Solidworks is really the way to go but my cad professor is a jerk and thinks that AutoCad is the only software worth learning... gah.....
Anyway, my classes are teaching me a very, very broad field of whats out there. They're trying to get me ready to know the basics about everything so that when I do get a job I can get one in any field, but I'll just have to get a lot of training. The good thing is that on the job training for newbies is common practice so its allright. Maybe not so much with the software side, but more so on the shop/production end of things.
Where I live there are gobs and gobs of shops looking for people so thats pretty good for me. I'm about ready to look for an internship or an apprenticeship too so thats kinda neat, kinda scary at the same time.
My classes this semester:
-AutoCad 115: 3D Design (using autocad instead of inventor... gah....)
-Inspection and Gaging
-German Semester: Building a Representation*
*At our schools each fall semester is themed for a different country where speakers present information and we have plays and performances and stuff. Its kinda neat, but they schedule most of the speakers during class times! Anyway, a couple years ago was the France semester and the shop was asked to build something to get more peoples attention... so they built and eiffel tower. It was pretty sweet and got lots of attention, so we're doing it again for next years german semester.
Anyway... its interesting.... the money will be good when I'm done and in the mean time I get to play in the shop.