Aug 14th 2007 3:50AM Engineering looks good at first. All the toys sound cool. But when they don't work, and the laugh factor wears off--one realizes little value from being an engineer. The comments that make engineering sound good seem to be from players way under level 70.
It didn't help me at all as a level 70 gnome mage. I took up engineering because of the gnome racial, but realized I was better off with herbalism so I could save gold on all the potions I need for raids. The T4 helm is just as good as the goggles when you factor in the set bonus. The T5 and T6 are way better--not that I'm likely to see those anythime soon. Mining is my other one and that is definately profitable.
Think twice before picking up engineering. I do recommend it for a pvp twinks (especially the 19 or 29 bracket). If you want to be either a casual raider or hardcore raider though, you are better off with either 2 gathering professions or one of the much better crafting ones like alchemy, enchanting, jewelcrafting, tailoring, leatherworking, or blacksmithing.