General Engineering Introduction/Attitude/quiz

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1. Engineers view everyone else as

perpetrators
civilians
clients
patients
customers

2. Asking questions of an engineer is:

Something that should be fun
Scary, they may react with anger, intense repressed anger.
Dangerous, they may retaliate by putting ketchup on your wrist pad
A pleasant experience because they have been trained to be nice.

3. Most engineers describe themselves

by the technology they work with
by their role in the project team
by the people they serve
by their patents
as general engineers

4. Most engineers like to talk most about:

the projects they have been on
the types of technology they studied as undergrads
how much more broad and general of an engineer they have become
the company they work for

5. If you can not understand the question, if you can not figure out where to start, and you like that feeling, then:

become an engineer
drop out of engineering
study more
go to school

6. If you feel everyone else is smarter/better qualified than you then

find somewhere you are smarter than everyone
assume you are the single most odd, worthless engineer in the world
assume there are many others like you and it is up to you to develop technology for them
you have successfully made all the worlds problems your own

7. Engineers living with uncertainty, confusion and failure comfort themselves using all the techniques below except which?

remembering it is the world's problem, the world's uncertainty, the world's confusion
remembering the engineering challenge is always to learn something new nobody else knows
self depreciation, self doubt, self uncertainty, self failure
the moment of clarity, the light bulb, metanoia moment is just around the curve

8. Engineering courses are so difficult, you have to choose two from which group of four below?

blaming racism, sexism, petitions and law suites
study, socialize, sleep and sports
searching for tutors, cheating, chanting "I am not good at something , and dropping out
not liking, not wanting to be like older students, instructors, working engineers, and not wanting to participate in engineering societies

9. One of the big problems in engineering is that the rest of the world doesn't know what engineers do. Why?

engineers are obnoxious
engineers don't work with people
engineers spend most of their time working with other engineers
engineers are not found working in walmart

10. If you feel someone else has faults:

forgive them
recognize your own gifts
call them normal
confront them

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