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Top Ten Ways Being An Engineer Improves Your Daily Routine

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10. Time Management and Planning
This is only #10 because I think lots of professions train us to be effective time managers.

9. Being Logical
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard two people arguing about something and thought, “That doesn’t make any sense.  Actually, neither one of them make any sense.”  Lawyers run into this thought constantly as well.

8. Puzzles and Strategic Games
Everything we do at work all day is a puzzle of some sort.  Critical thinking to solve complex technical problems is what makes us engineers.

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Why I Love To Engineer: Curiosity, Learning, Understanding, Expression and, finally, Application

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I Heart Engineering

Engineering is the application of understanding.

An engineer encounters a problem, researches the causes, investigates ways to remedy the problem, and then designs and implements a solution.

I have tried to answer the question “Why do I enjoy engineering so much?” for a really long time and have finally realized that it’s not one particular aspect.  Instead, it’s the process as a whole.  For an engineer, a project is a complete scientific discovery from start to finish.

Curiosity, Learning, Understanding, Expression and, finally, Application.

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@Help4Engineers: Useful Resources and Interesting Information for Engineers on Twitter

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I maintain a twitter feed (@Help4Engineers) where I share useful resources and interesting information for engineers. I generally tweet a few times a day and have found a large and very engaged engineering following.  I’m always available as a resource, and will help you with any application you have.

Industrial Interface is a website to help engineers use suppliers as a resource early in their projects, and I can help you find the right suppliers for your designs.  Message me about your applications, or signup for an account and post your projects directly to our site.

What other engineering or scientific twitter feeds do you follow?

Top Ten Things That Annoy Engineers

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10. The Phone (see our post “10 Reasons Engineers Hate the Phone“)

9. Multiple Office Sites – As if things weren’t complicated enough, I have to try to communicate and solve complex issues over the phone and through NetMeeting, WebEx, and VNC?  Maybe if I am especially lucky, I’ll get to travel back and forth for months at a time!

8. Executive speak – Nothing quite like a load of BS from the VP about how great everything is going.  Or worse… when it’s quiet, you know it’s REALLY bad.

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10 Reasons Engineers Hate The Phone

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10. Engineers would rather take their phone apart.

9. It’s OK to call an engineer when you have a cool science or math question because they will surely know the answer.  WRONG!  Google knows too.  Next time someone is too lazy to look something up themselves, send them here.

8. Because YOU can… make sure stuff’s plugged in, unclog a drain, tighten a screw, remove string from the vacuum, reboot your computer, replace the batteries, or take your car to a mechanic all by your freakin’ self.

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