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    Born an engineer or become one?

    1. Born an engineer

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    2. Become an engineer

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    1. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      Do you think you are born an engineer or do you become an engineer?

      Personally I think engineering is a mindset. I've always been fascinated with how things work/finding out how things work and coming up with my own ideas. I couldn't imagine myself doing something non-technical or non-creative. Therefore I have voted for "born an engineer".
       
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    3. PierArg

      PierArg Well-Known Member

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      Cenobytez New Member

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      Got to agree, you are born with the interest in all things mechanical, and it only gets worse when you get a little bit of knowledge and start "playing"
       
    5. Bulcsú

      Bulcsú Member

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      And if you are lucky your job is to continnue this game
       
    6. mjshawver

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      Agreed as well. Being exposed to opportunities to feed your interest in how things work as a child also helps. My dad was a engineer and had a great garage full of tools and stuff to build with, so did my grandfather. I was always taking things apart (and sometimes putting them back together). My dad would bring home scrap paper from work which were old spec sheets of components. My brother and I would use this for drawing paper, as we both loved to draw. My brother, who later became a graphic designer/artist, would focus on the white side, where I would first spend time looking at the other side of the sheets...I became the engineer.
       
    7. vidgolob

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      I think it helps to have the right mindset and certain traits from the beginning, but you can overcome that setback in a number of ways. Although there are some people who are just not engineer material no matter what they do.
       
    8. Ligier

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      Quite an interesting topic. It's my opinion that some are born with mechanical interests which lead them on to be good engineers and designers and I have worked with some that have all the book learning which enables them to tell you where you have gone wrong but are unable to produce a good design themselves.
      To add a little jollity into the thread and I am sure most of you have seen this before but to those of you who have not, there is a youtube Dilbert cartoon that amused me when I first saw it.
      www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8vHhgh6oM0
       
    9. kiran gowda

      kiran gowda New Member

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      become one..

      Accroding to science the brain work efficiently if the input is nutritious. . Which leads better usages of brain. So il vote for "become one"
       
    10. maki23

      maki23 New Member

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      I voted for become one!

      I have a same opinion:)
       
    11. swampwater

      swampwater New Member

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      where would having a parent as an engineer fall under? The born- from genetics or the become - from the parent focusing the child on math, science, and being involved in the parents tinkering with things?
       

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