2 responses to “Hands vs. Heads”

  1. ferd

    Engineers and technicians are both valuable, with both values fluctuating depending upon what is being done. They have complementary skills, and the most valued engineers I’ve known were able to function as very capable technicians. Think about Thomas Edison or Leonardo da Vinci, for example.

    What do I mean about “values fluctuating”? It depends upon what stage of the project you’re in. Generally engineers are superior in design while technicians are superior in building. Technicians are crucial to recognizing and working with product problems in the field, while engineers are crucial for failure analysis and lessons learned for future designs. Duties between the two inter-lap, and they need to interact with each other. The worst thing that can happen is when one or the other decides he is always superior and refuses to cooperate.

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