|I'm an engineer. Two common misconceptions come up when people hear this.
In conclusion, train conductor and car mechanic a mechanical engineering degree do not make. #science
- "You must like trains." Wrong. People mistakenly group engineers with trains because train conductors are often called engineers. That's because they operate engines, which, oddly enough, is almost completely unrelated to engineering. Sure, engines are designed by engineers, and the entire railroad industry was essentially created by engineers. But just because I have a degree in engineering doesn't mean I understand or am interested in how trains work.
- "You must like cars." Wrong. I hate cars. I believe what my dad always said: "A car is the worst investment you'll ever make." But aside from the financial aspect, there's the mechanic aspect. I'm a mechanical engineer, so people assume mechanical → mechanic → cars → you like cars. Again, mechanical engineering has almost nothing to do with cars aside from the fact that the automotive industry was created by engineers. But just because I have a degree in mechanical engineering doesn't mean I can fix your transmission.