Once an Engineer, Always an Engineer

In my more than two decade of working with different companies in different countries dealing with different people from different countries, I always find that the saying once an Engineer, always an Engineer is true.

You can always detect that the person is an Engineer if:

  1. Always use units when talking about quantities. Instead of saying will be far, the Engineer will say, about 25 km from here. Or instead of saying, it will take sometime, the Engineer will say, it will take about two (2) hours.
  2. More inclined to wear casual dresses than business attires.
  3. Speaks the Engineering "English".
  4. Prefers to do a 20 page calculation than write a 1 page report.
  5. A doer than a manager. Prefers to do the design himself than to delegate.
  6. Try to learn why a machine works than how it works.
  7. Talks less.
  8. Always supports an argument with a calculation.
  9. and many more...

Once an Engineer, will always be an Engineer.

About the Author

Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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