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Insights From a Practicing Engineer

The one thing I wish they had taught me in engineering school is...
  • How to make money.
  • How to apply what I learned.

The hardest part of my job is...

  • Keeping up with the changes in technology
  • Getting trained on something, then not working on it for a while, then finally having to use the new technology and not remembering what I learned

What advice can you give on choosing a major?

  • Have a good feel for the environment you'll be working in before you decide on a major. For example, some people don't do well behind a desk.
  • If you want to live in a particular region, find out what kinds of jobs are available in that region, before you choose a career path.

Here's why I became an engineer:

  • My brother was in electronics.
  • I took an aptitude test, and found I was well suited for engineering
  • I was in the right field when the business was expanding

The most important advice I can give a new engineer is

  • You really want to find something you enjoy doing. It doesn't matter what your degree is in. The degree just gets you started.

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What is Engineering?

“in the military art, an able and expert man.”
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1771.

[Ed: OK, so this is a definition of an engineer, not engineering — Mrs. Paulsell, my 4th grade teacher, would stuff me in the corner if she read this. But it does make you think: I wonder how many engineers Napoleon had.]


“…the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience and practice, is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.”
Engineers Council for Professional Development, 1961

[Ed: I knew it! A definition like that HAD to come from a committee.]


“…the professional and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization of natural resources to produce wealth.”
J Waddell, F. Skinner, H Wessman, 1933

[Ed: Closer, but I don't think we always do it for the 'wealth'.]


“…the art of doing that well with one dollar which any bungler can be with two after a fashion.”
A.M. Wellington, 1887

[Ed: I would like to have met this guy.]


“…finding simple, elegant solutions to problems.”
Marsh Faber, 1999

[Ed: This is my definition.]


“…the art or science of making practical.”
Sam Florman, 1976

[Ed: Hey, I'm not proud — this one's better than mine. In engineering, simpler usually wins.]


"…a person of genius or ingenuity.”
The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, Vol 2, Collier, 1899.

[Ed: Wow. I really need to update my home library.]


“…turn ideas into reality.”

[Ed: The best one yet.]


You can find more definitions compiled by Harry T. Roman on


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