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Some things that they probably will not teach but you need to learn:machining, soldering, making connectors, and practical design
A lot of good electrical engineering programs will cover basic soldering, at least to some extent. And practice makes perfect when it comes to things like that.
Not in my experience. If you want a class in soldering, look to your local JC for an electronics assembly and fabrication class. The one Im finishing up right now is great, we solder down to microminiature (not my strongsuit), and we got to use our own ideas to design, etch, and solder a pcb. Great experience.
I look at it like this: Everything... I mean everything you take in college can be used as a tool to make yourself a smarter person. Don't discount any part of it.
A few thoughts to help you make your decision . . .I'm a mechanical engineer I wanted to be an electrical engineer since 2nd grade but was rejected from the program at CMU . . . I tend to get rejected from departments at CMU often lol . . .Electrical engineers get paid on average $10k+ year more than mechanical engineers.Mechanical engineers can work on just about anything, from harddrive design, medical equipment, to air/space craft.If you choose one, no one will stop you from taking classes in the other as electives.In fact, I took tons of programming and electrical engineering classes to supplement my mechanical engineering degree.
If you are interested in anything with flight, a ME degree is a must. You'd be pretty lucky to be able to design a stable flying robot without studying flight characteristics and stability.