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My father was a civil engineer (actually he wasn't all that civil now I come to think of it!), but he found that Parallels (in his case, VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox might have also done the job) let him run whatever Windows programs he needed for work -- even Citrix (this was before there was a Mac client for that) so he could log into the work PC -- did the job for him.

Mechanical engineering is a different discipline, but the growing number of CAD programs and the favour they are finding on Macs bodes well for the future. I would say you can safely go with a Mac if its what you prefer, because it can run Windows when you need it.

But professionally and realistically speaking, you're going to be using Windows most of the time where you work, so you may want to consider than when purchasing.
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