• Question: what don't you like about engineering

    Asked by BGfreestyler to Dawn, James, Sarah, Sylvain, Tomas on 16 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Dawn Gillies

      Dawn Gillies answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      Paperwork! And that extra bracket or comma that’s missing in code that means it doesn’t run – it can take hours to find it and fix it sometimes!

    • Photo: Sarah Hampson

      Sarah Hampson answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      This is a very good question…
      Like Dawn, I also don’t like paperwork- e.g. you have to do health & safety paperwork when using new equipment or chemicals, and it’s not the most exciting thing in the world.

      Sometimes, I might stay a bit longer after work official closing time to finish off an experiment. But this is because I’m passionate about the things I design, and want to see them in action sooner!

      Also, when you tell people you’re an engineer, a lot of people think of this:

      Or think you fix taps or something!

    • Photo: Sylvain Jamais

      Sylvain Jamais answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      That people often don’t understand what we do and that some people call themselves engineers when they are not.

    • Photo: James Clarke

      James Clarke answered on 17 Nov 2016:

      Agreed with the others – paperwork is really boring to do and takes soooo long. It’s the worst.

      The other thing is this idea that engineers are really antisocial and don’t like talking to people. It’s true in a few cases, but I’d say most engineers are normal people too!