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EEs and end of the world

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DJPhil:

--- Quote from: wd5gnr on June 10, 2010, 06:47:52 pm ---Survivor: Coney Island
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Now there's a thought.  :o

A-sic Enginerd:
I think it's more than just the profession that matters. It's about the individual. I work with engineers that openly admit their idea of camping and "roughing it" is going on vacation to a place that doesn't have room service.

On the flip side I have a friend that is a general contractor, that raises buffalo on the side, and if there were anyone on the planet that could survive, my money would be on him.

Its about what you bring to the table with your life experiences and total knowledge as well as your mental disposition.

I would admit there is one distinct advantage that engineers, ANY engineer (not just EE), brings with them: critical thinking and problem solving.

Illustration of this is my own experiences. I've had a former job (before I was an engineer) where I dealt with a lot of different things, combined with wrenching on cars with my Dad since I was old enough to pick up a wrench. Working on an electronics circuit is no different than: plumbing water system, toxic gas system, high pressure gas system, vacuum system, etc. The specifics don't matter. It's the ability to look at a problem, analyze it, and derive a solution.

I've done and seen some pretty interesting and creative "redneck engineering" that was all about how to get a job done with what you had at hand. And how it was put together had nothing to do with having a degree in engineering.

KTP:

--- Quote from: A-sic Enginerd on June 10, 2010, 10:27:04 pm ---I've done and seen some pretty interesting and creative "redneck engineering" that was all about how to get a job done with what you had at hand. And how it was put together had nothing to do with having a degree in engineering.

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I used to watch that show!  It was called Junkyard Wars.

A-sic Enginerd:

--- Quote from: KTP on June 10, 2010, 11:28:13 pm ---
--- Quote from: A-sic Enginerd on June 10, 2010, 10:27:04 pm ---I've done and seen some pretty interesting and creative "redneck engineering" that was all about how to get a job done with what you had at hand. And how it was put together had nothing to do with having a degree in engineering.

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I used to watch that show!  It was called Junkyard Wars.

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That show was totally kick ass. My brother and I came incredibly close to putting a team together and submitting an application video. Still watch reruns that come on occasionally.

KTP:
One of the best episodes of Junkyard Wars was when a team of Brits built an actually flyable airplane from junk parts in two days then the crazy blokes actually flew the thing hundreds of feet into the air doing loops and such.  I was totally impressed.

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