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Engineering Home-Schooling

Dennis Feucht
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11/29/2017 12:55:20 PM
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Re: Great article
what still baffles me is that I read surveys of engineers and I see 80% love their job?  Really?  When you are good at your job, the task "looks easy", and it continues to devalue skillset in the mind of a non-technical manager (at least in the EE discipline).

Universities have zero interest in putting together continuing education classes either to help working engineers.  Having tried that (offering my support), I give up.  I completely agree we need a different model of education grown from the ranks of engineers, not academia. 

11/29/2017 10:16:18 AM
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I couldn't agree more with your article, but I wonder if there is adaquate acceptance for non-degreed engineers.  I went the traditional route spending 6 years at what most would consider a great engineering school, but I learned much more in one year at the desk of a few mentors I was fortunate to work with. 

Tables turned, I was recently given the assignment to mentor a new hire from a PAC-10 school with one year experience.  After 6 months I had to cry "Uncle."   He not only knew nothing (bipolar and FET biasing, Thevenin equivalent circuit, PWM modulation, op amp circuits, Ohm's Law, ........), he remembered nothing (probably because he couldn't relate to anything I told him).  I contacted the dean of his school listing what basics I expected from anyone calling themselves an electrical engineer and got a "Thanks, but don't bother us." reply.  I assume our fresh-out was well trained to use all the pollitically correct lingo, but I didn't check nor would I know or care.

A few years ago I changed jobs and soon afterwards was asked if I could recommend any of my previous co-workers.  I mentioned one who didn't have a degree, but could design anything he was asked to (his education was courtesy of the US Navy).  Sorry, but engineers needed a "degree", even with over 5 years of industry experience.

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