- 14 Oct 2007
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I see you have the common confusion as to what an engineer is or does.I don't have any that the CSA are aware of no. My other half is a teacher and says a lot. I know 4 D&T teachers they all complain they don't get to have the kids actually do stuff. I have had modern engineers come to ask which end of a ring spanner they are supposed to use for this job as they never got to use tools while on their course. My comment about not being able to do the high falluting jobs is that half the population are below average intelligence and a 1/3 of the rest aren't smart enough to be design engineers, I know I'm not and I have a reasonable IQ.
Your suggestion of only concentrating on the high bucks, high tech jobs would leave most of the population on the bread line or cleaning someone else's toilet.
It wasn't a complaint but an observation as I see it.
-Learning to use a spanner... 10-seconds for a toddler, less for an adult.
-Calculating the pre-stress to put on with the spanner... many hours the first time, but you get quicker.
-Determining if you need to be concerned about the pre-stress and how that affects the overall safety and performance of the entire system it’s a part of... that’s the hard bit, a good course needs to teach that, not how to use a spanner.
But as you say, maybe you aren’t smart enough to be a design engineer, perhaps you can aspire to be the “cannon fodder” you mention instead?
Personally I think everyone has their role to play in our society. If we focus on low-tech, low value manufacturing I suspect one day other countries may surpass us in terms of profitability and output when they realise it’s not hard but have a lower cost base, off the top of my head that might be places like China, India, Taiwan, etc. let me know if that ever looks like it’ll happen and I’ll be sure to let you know I was right. If we can develop a higher technology level industry utilising our superior education systems and existing expertise, we might keep the same people employed that could one day lose their jobs to the aforementioned countries.
So I’m summary, you don’t have kids, but someone has told you about them, you don’t know what an engineer is and you think some people are only good for being killed.
I’m not complaining, just observing
a design engineer