I honestly think the ME degree is one of the most useful. If you can get through the math, you're obviously pretty smart. The required courses give you the tools to understand how just about everything in the world works, women excepted. I personally got tired of corporate aerospace engineering about 20 years ago and struck out on my own, but I'm thankful for the breadth of knowledge I got. My days in school pre-date modern CAD. My drafting class was actually pencil and paper, if you can believe it. I assume they're teaching modern computational techniques now. Out of curiosity, what software packages are in vogue now?

Oh, welcome to the club!