Originally Posted By fp1201:
I'll try and explain what's going on:
The VA has offered to send me to a well respected University under Vocational Rehabilitation. (Doctors determined that continuing the work I do will be detrimental to my health due to sever ostio & ortho problems)
I have always been very mechanically minded, and able to make, modify, or repair what ever crosses my daily path.
Household plumbing, electrical, HVAC is very easy to me. "Seeing things" in the mind is easy, many of the things I build are done in my mind on the fly and for the most part things turn out just the way they should. Here lately I've been learning to operate a metal Lathe and have taught myself to welds (stick, mig, and oxy/acetylene) Asking people in the know "how" to do something goes a long ways when learning on your own.
It took me almost four years to earn a A.S. in Math/Science as the first two years were learning what I should have learned in High School, that was 15 years ago. College Algebra and Statistics was as high as I went with mathematics.
It was suggested (based on aptitude tests and interviews) that I pursuit "Engineering" because I like to design & build.
I'm not into carpentry or construction, drawings are what you'd see on a bar napkin (well I can do better when I need to) but I really don't have architecture skills beyond basic stuff.
I currently work for the Army, and would like to continue to; after being certified and re-certified to prepare HAZMAT shipments, I've become interested in Ammunition Quality Assurance, The Army is begging for Engineers in dozens of areas, and while I DO NOT subscribe to this concept, the reality is that it doesn't matter as much what you know as what's on paper.
I realize that going to school is about learning to do things you don't know how to do, but I think you should know something before taking on a course.