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Two things on engineers (2) Mon, Jun 16, 2008
I'm an engineer.  Two common misconceptions come up when people hear this. 
  1. "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.
  2. "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.
In conclusion, train conductor and car mechanic a mechanical engineering degree do not make. #science

Comments:
Rus Mon, Jun 16, 2008
Not trains or cars!?!?!?  How depressing that you don't like your work.  :-)

Dave Mon, Jun 16, 2008
One of the many things engineers do is work on things that fly, like airplanes and bullets.  That's what I do, and I like it.


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