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This week I want to look at a blog that was written by someone else. Reason being that I think they have done a better job and are better positioned to talk about my topic area this week. That of Colonel John D. Sims. Despite being in the US Army and having little to do with engineering Colonel Sims is someone that has experienced a challenging career. I’m not talking about being on the front line or being a great solider. No, I’m talking about how in difficult situation he has learned to become himself and though understanding his role as a commander has better served not only his country and the army but more importantly the soldier under him and his family. While I’m not saying that our jobs as engineers are anything like being part of the armed forces, I think what Colonel Sims has to say strikes…

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Making mistakes is easy, I do them all the time! However, what we do about them is more important. In this week’s theme of “mistakes,” I can easy spend time telling you about the mess I have gotten into and how I should have been more careful, but there’s nothing I can do about them. So I want to talk about keeping face after making mistakes. We all know that moment when your heart sinks, your skin turns cold and you start to sweat. Your first reaction is “Oh God What Have I Done!” and then you start to pray no one else has seen your massive mistake and your hoping you can run away and hide – no one will notice will they? It’s not your fault, it has to be someone else who fed you wrong information! Or some faulty device or the fault of the technician –…

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This week on Engineer Blogs we’ve been talking about perceptions of engineers. Before I started working I had an unclear perception about the duties of engineers. I knew the major required a lot of science and math and shied away from it. Once I started working in the industry I found that engineers weren’t really any smarter than any other professionals I had known in my life. What had seemed like a high bar for entry now became something reasonable that maybe I could do too.But more importantly, I began asking these engineers for advice and discovered that many of them really loved their jobs. A few days ago Fluxor talked about whether engineers were respected by society in general. US News did a ranking of the top 30 careers back in 2008 ranked by median pay, job satisfaction, prestige, job market outlook, and barrier of entry for education. Engineer…

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Sometimes, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. As engineers, we often complain about how the public at large do not appreciate the work that we do. Cherish touched upon this yesterday in her post on how engineers have seemingly faded into the background. In fact, one often used argument about this lack of respect is to compare the relative pay of engineers with other professions. Doctors, lawyers, and accountants are often the ones being compared to. Sometimes, we even lament the lack of pay when compared to skilled trades, such as plumbers and electricians. That’s why it may be a surprise to you that engineers are, in fact, quite well regarded. A 2002 survey commissioned by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers asked how the public in this province (Ontario, Canada) rate the prestige of various occupations. Here are the results: Engineers ranked third, only behind physicians…

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