General Engineering Introduction/For Students
Don't be Intimidated
A young mind is a wonderful gift. Treasure it. Don't feel intimidated. A fresh mind can solve problems that older engineers have given up on. Technical expertise, engineering families, and a life of privilege can be a liability. Leverage your adversity.
The world has problems, NOT YOU
There are three ways to react to something you don't understand:
- The world has a problem because I can not find a tutorial I understand
- I am addicted to education, teach me.
- I am an idiot, not good at, handicapped, have family problems, others must know because it exists ....
The first is the engineering response. This values your ignorance. It creates an engineering project. The project is creating a tutorial for someone similar to yourself.
You have valuable Gifts
Can you criticize something, some institution or some person? Then you have gifts. Stop thinking the rest of the world is messed up. You are gifted with a vision and the talent to fix things. Become an engineer! Forgive everyone else for being normal.
Engineers are not experts. Engineers are not experienced. Engineers earn respect.
How this wikibook is used depends on your instructor. Typically you will be asked to read this, take some practice quizzes and then take the quiz again within your schools learning management system. You may also be rewarded by editing this books wiki pages, creating and editing project wiki pages, improving quiz questions, and suggesting new projects.
Getting Credit for this Course
Not all colleges offer the same opportunities, the same facilities, or the same projects. Community Colleges don't have four year programs. They have limited projects and few tools. They are open enrollment. Community College students try to transfer into the third year of these unique environments. Some engineering colleges have such unique programs that transfers are not accepted.
Is this course for you?
If your goal is to explore engineering, this course is for you. If your goal is to transfer this course to an engineering college, ask a transfer advisor at that college. Public, four year universities generally transfer this course.
Engineering Projects are graded in three ways: contributions to wiki pages, writing in an engineering notebook and project success. You, individually, control the first two. Project success is something negotiated with your instructor and is team based. For more details, see your instructors syllabus.