Ill be going to Purdue this fall for mechanical engineering. I work at my dads business during highschool so I already have a pretty good grasp of things.
Techs make more money. They get high hourly wage, overtime, and aren't on call. Engineers work for mere pennies......a straight salary, plus 24/7 on call, and 90 hour work weeks. Plus, techs get to have more fun. I liked being tech more than anything. I can still do all the tech work I want, but I always end up getting pulled away by senior engineers looking for a fall guy for their engineering diasters.