Brand New “You Might Be an Engineer” Entries

While there are tons of “You're an Engineer If” sayings on the internet, you probably haven’t seen these. Plus, here’s the answer to last month’s quiz.
  • Engineer if, MC Escher, Drawing Hands

    Ok, it’s time to get semi original with “You Might Be an Engineer If” sayings. Some of these are Design News original sayings, some have been gathered from the comments sections of UBM websites, and some are gems we haven’t used—but were too good to pass up.

    The last slide on this list answers the questions from last month’s collection, You Might Be an Engineer If.

  • Engineer if, Radiograph pens, drafting pens, mechanical pencils

    You know you’re an engineer if you remember Rapidograph pens and how they used to clog. Thanks to Dr. Larry Greenly. (Image source: Rapidograph)

  • Engineer if, Star Trek, Scotty

    Your hero on Star Trek is not Kirk or Spock—it’s Scotty. (Image source: Pixabay)

  • Engineer if, Boulder Dam, Hoover Dam, Bechtel

    The highlight of your Las Vegas vacation is your day spent at Boulder Dam. And you just can't quit calling it Boulder Dam. The dam was Bechtel’s first mega-project. (Image source: Bechtel)

  • Engineer if, vacuum tubes, amps, amplifiers

    You might be an engineer (and musician) if you know the source for the best vacuum tubes so you can make superior amps. It’s Russia. (Image source: TubeDepot)

  • Engineer if, Dilbert, St. Martin's Press

    You might be an engineer if you view Dilbert not as humor but rather an accurate depiction of your work life. (Image source: Andrews McMeel Publishing)

  • engineer if, ISA card

    You might be an engineer if you have ever used a hacksaw on a computer chassis to make room for a full-length ISA. Thanks to RaySot and whitcwa. (Image source: Wikipedia)

  • engineer if, pi

    You learned to recite Pi beyond 20 digits just because it seemed like the right thing for a true technical person to be able to do. (Image source: Pixabay)

  • Alvogadro's number, engineer if, Mole Day

    You know Avogadro’s number. You know that it changed in 1961. And you know the date of Mole Day. (Image source: Pixabay)

  • engineer if, drawing hands mc escher

    Your favorite artist is M.C. Escher, and your favorite artwork by him is Drawing Hands because he got the pen right. (Image source: BYU Museum of Art)

  • engineer if, English, your, you're

    You don’t care about the difference between “your” and “you’re” because English is maddeningly imprecise and its idioms are not worthy of study since they’re arbitrary. (Image source: Wikipedia)

  • engineer if, heathkit

    You have ever built a Heathkit electronic product not because it was fun and educational, but because it resulted in a superior product at a lower cost. (Image source: Wikipedia)

  • engineer if, instructions

    You don’t read instructions because the technical writer who wrote them doesn’t truly understand the product and might take you down the wrong road. (Image source: National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

  • engineer if, leather pocket protector

    You believe the notion of a leather pocket protector is absurd, since it costs more and leather is not a practical advancement over plastic. (Image source: Etsy)

  • engineer if, messy desk, Jim Williams

    You have actually submitted a photo of your work area to the Design News Messy Desk competition and you did so with great pride. Extra points if you recognize the engineer in this photo. (Image source: EDN)

  • engineer if, Coriolis effects, whirlpool

    In the last Design News “You Might Be an Engineer If” posting, we asked which of the examples was actually false. The bogus statement was about the Coriolis effects in your home toilet (Is the whirlpool going clockwise or counterclockwise?). Kim McCavit correctly commented: “Coriolis effects are too small in a toilet to dominate, so I assume that is the bogus picture.” Kim went on to say: “I have two toilets. One spins clockwise and one spins counterclockwise. Since my house doesn't straddle the equator, this seems to confirm what the math says.” Another reader who called out the bogus slide was Phil Grimes. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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