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Old 07-27-2017, 07:07 PM   #71
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:35 PM   #72
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So glad to see you're back...have always enjoyed your comments, getting ready for more.

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Old 07-27-2017, 11:00 PM   #73
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Best solution for an engineer is to marry a nurse.

47 years later, 4 kids, 8 grands, still married somehow.....
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:35 AM   #74
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interestingly, as I spent a ton of time with operators and doing plant operations, I spent many years convincing my operator friends that i was NOT an engineer......

they never believed me.....
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I have that one nailed down. I explain to my plant operator clients that I'm actually the engineer's representative. What that means is that I do almost all the work, and then I bring the work product to my contract engineer who is licensed in the state of Texas, and he reviews, critiques, and ultimately seals the work product (for a handsome subcontractor fee which I pay him). This is explicitly within the bounds of proper engineering practice where the procedure is routinely stated in terms of, "the engineer or his authorized agent" has had direct interaction with the situation at hand, such that everyone has defensible confidence in the outcome.

The last time I met with my contract engineer at his offices, I happened to be driving our Interstate. I gave him a tour. I've never seen someone smile so much in my entire life - it made his day, because he didn't think such an off-grid creation was yet within the realm of possibility (at least not for the ordinary consumer). One day he hopes to do something similar in terms of a mobile office, only on a boat. I might end up giving him some guidance on creating it.
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:25 AM   #75
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In my case I am an Engineer by default and without a degree. I have been at this university for 34 years and never passed a single course, never took one either!

I keep a linear accelerator lab functioning for the Professors. I design & build whatever we cant find or afford commercially. Electric, Electronic, Mechanical machining and welding for structural and vacuum equipment, I have been 'engineering' it since the early 80's
Now I am 'mostly' retired, but if I did not come in to show the new kid how it all works, this lab will literally fall apart.
So without the piece of paper, I cant officially call myself an Engineer, I just say (To myself) I am an Underpaid Overworked Omnipotent Handyman

BTW, having a full machine shop and electronics lab at your disposal is very handy when you have a MH that needs upgrades
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:30 AM   #76
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Now I am 'mostly' retired, but if I did not come in to show the new kid how it all works, this lab will literally fall apart.
Just remember, if you can't be replaced, you're not allowed to retire. Or to die. You may have just discovered the secret to immortality!
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:53 AM   #77
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Just remember, if you can't be replaced, you're not allowed to retire. Or to die. You may have just discovered the secret to immortality!
I do what I can to keep this place running and my shop privileges It is also nice to get some extra cash for the MH toys.
The Doc's dont see immortality in my immediate future, hence the semi retirement.
Being of an engineering mindset, It is all good
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If you think you can't be replaced look around you, we are all replacements of a sort. In making a life change, don't let the ego overrule independence!
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:10 AM   #79
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If you think you can't be replaced look around you, we are all replacements of a sort. In making a life change, don't let the ego overrule independence!
I went to an org meeting about a month ago, and there were dozens of new hire trainees there. Handwriting on the wall says, "the replacement units have arrived."
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Protagonist, you don't know me, but... Being on this forum for a couple of years now, I've found myself reading a LOT of your posts - mostly for my education, but often for entertainment.

I'm an aeronautical engineer, specializing in flight test. If the engineering mind wasn't enough to make people raise an eyebrow at me, throw in a little bit of aircrew and the picture is complete!

Anyways, glad to hear you're back, and in good health. Also happy to hear that "percussive maintenance" is alive and well. If brute force doesn't solve your problem, you're not using enough!
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This comment made me realize that there is not yet a dedicated dating service for engineers and hard science professionals. [...]

One of these great catches keeps telling me, "I just can't find a woman who understands the engineering mind."
No one can truly understand the engineering mind, except for engineering managers.
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