I asked all three questions listed (which at first glance doesn't give me the best appearance here), but I did think that there were some interesting features of each tag/subject that did not purely rely on meta tags. Overall, though, I think the consensus has been interesting.
I originally was all for meta tags - and indeed, I think that they have some benefits - but I no longer think that they're necessary on Engineering.SE. Perhaps on other SEs, but not this one. If I may, I'll go to Chris Mueller's answer:
Once the site has a lot of traffic (which we are well on the way to), some of the users may get annoyed by the high volume of low-level questions. The type of user I'm referring to is only interested in visiting the site to interact with other proficient engineers and has no interest in interacting with the less accomplished engineers who are new to the field (and possibly new to SE). Those users may be in support of banning the questions from these less accomplished engineers all together. Having meta tags for the questions that they may not want to see allows them to personalize their view of the site by ignoring those questions completely.
Well, yes, but you can also favorite specific tags. I, for example, follow the aerospace-engineering and aircraft-design tags. It could be argued - perhaps quite successfully - that there are a range of different "levels" of questions for each tag (e.g. "high-level" and "low-level"). But there may be other tags used that can narrow down the question to a specific sub-field. If I'm interested in airflow questions still related to aerospace engineering, I might also follow the fluid-dynamics or fluid-mechanics tags. That can narrow the questions down quite a bit. There's still some variety, but you get the idea.
The rest of my argument is summarized by Trevor's answer here:
This post on SO gives a good description on why meta tags are a bad idea. To summarize, they describe the question itself rather than the content.
Imagine sorting through Engineering.SE by tags. If you look at the questions tagged with civil-engineering, you can reasonably assume that the questions will cover subjects like roads, bridges, buildings, and various infrastructure elements. If you look at questions tagged with homework, it can cover all kinds of subjects. It will provide no useful information about the question itself, except the context in which it's being asked. It won't help anyone with similar issues trying to find it, and it won't do anything to attract more qualified people to answer it.
They don't tell you anything about a question. I might click on a question if I see, say, the aerospace-engineering tag, because that's one of my primary interests. But homework doesn't tell me anything about the question. It won't make me interested in the question, or differentiate it from any of the others.
That's the way I see it.