You Know You’re an Engineer If ...

This National Engineers Week, let’s celebrate all of the wonderful behaviors that engineers know well.
  • National Engineers Week, Design News, you know you're an engineer if

    You know you’re an engineer if you know it’s National Engineers Week.

    Check out the following tongue-in-cheek indications that you’re an engineer.

    They were developed primarily by Design News staff based on comments posted to our stories over the years. We ran into one or two that were floating around in cybespace and were just too good to ignore. However, most of these signs that you’re an engineer are homegrown and tested by your fellow engineers.

    The first item ponders the machine in the photo above. Click on the next screen to confirm what you already know and celebrate the traits that make engineers engineers.

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    Recognize the Altair 8800?

    You know you’re an engineer if you know all of the details of the Altair 8800 – the year it appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics, the city that was its home base, the CPU it was based on, the first programming language for the machine, the name of the software wiz who dropped out of Harvard to write for it, and the name of the classic movie where it appears on a shelf.

    (Photo source: altairkit.com)

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    The Second Law of Thermodynamics

    You know the second law of thermodynamics but not your shirt size.

    (Photo source: nasa.gov)

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    The Hero of the Apollo 13 Mission

    You know you’re an engineer if you thought the real hero of Apollo 13 was the mission control crew, not Tom Hanks or Kevin Bacon.

    (Photo source: movinginteractive.com)

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    The Erector Set You Keep in Storage

    You know you’re an engineer if you still have your original Erector Set in its little red metal suitcase (even if some parts are missing).  

    (Photo source: vintagetoys.com)

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    Baggage Handling Equipment

    You know you’re an engineer if you find yourself at the airport on your vacation studying the baggage handling equipment.

    (Photo source: airpot-int.com)

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    Great Ideas on a Napkin

    You know you’re an engineer if you always have to explain things by drawing it out on paper or a napkin or any other surface available.

    (Photo source: theexhibitdesigner.com)

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    Miter Saw Blades

    You know you’re an engineer if you try to explain to your friend who is working on a home-improvement project that he won't wear out his miter saw blades as fast if he slows down the feed-rate, thus decreasing his chip load, and improving tool life.

    (Photo source: amanatool.com)

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    No Marching on the Bridge

    You know you’re an engineer if you can explain why soldiers have to break stride while marching across a bridge. 

    (Photo source: skeptics.stackexchange.com)

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    What the Heck is RPN?

    You know you’re an engineer if you have ever owned a calculator with no equal key and you know what RPN stands for.

    (Photo source: academicvc.com)

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    Watch the Geosynchronous Satellites

    You know you’re an engineer if you’re outside during a camping night, and while everyone is looking at the moon, you’re trying to locate a geosynchronous satellite.

    (Photo source: geek.com)

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    What Is Geosynchronous Satellite Function?

    You know you’re an engineer if you know what the geosynchronous satellite function is. Or, if you don’t know what geosynchronous satellite function is, you’re breaking away from this page to find out what it is.

    (Photo source: stevenswater.com)

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    How Many Half-Broken Objects Do You Own?

    You know you’re an engineer if you have half-broken objects in your house that you refuse to throw away because you’re hoping that you can someday find the time to fix them.

    (Photo source: brixtonbuzz.com)

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    Clicking Your Circuit Breakers

    You know you’re an engineer if you recognize the importance of exercising your circuit breakers--and you do it on the day the time changes because the clocks will be messed up anyway.

    (Photo source: jacksonssuperiorelectric.com)

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    Adding Oil to Boiling Spaghetti

    You know you’re an engineer if you explain how surface tension works when your 10-year-old asks why you are adding oil to boiling spaghetti.

    (Photo source: dreamstime.com)

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    Vector Calculus

    You know you’re an engineer if you know vector calculus but you can't remember how to do long division.

    (Photo source: bushidohacks.deviantart.com)

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    Is Calculus Even Math?

    You know you’re an engineer if you know calculus isn’t a high level math.

    (Photo source: avon-schools.com)

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    What’s 42?

    You know you’re an engineer if you know the significance of the number "42." Hint: Not the movie about Jackie Robinson.

    (Photo source: murdeltas.wordpress.com)

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    That’s a Pretty Smart Dog

    You know you’re an engineer if you have a pet named after a scientist. “Here’s a treat, Tesla.”

    (Photo source: thesciencedog.wordpress.com)

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    Got Any Test Equipment?

    You know you’re an engineer if you still have perfectly good test equipment in your garage that you haven’t used since the 1980s.

    (Photo source: decadecounter.com)

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    Sign Up at Design News CEC

    You know you’re an engineer if you attend Design News Continuing Education Classes or other continuing education classes, just to learn, even if the knowledge isn'y immediatly applicable to your job.

    (Photo source: Design News)

 

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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