Jim - Cement Industry, Pennsylvania, USA I asked my non-engineer wife if engineers have certain personality characteristics, and she said “Where do you think the word ‘Nerd’ came from?
” (My wife also pointed out: “What do you call a nerd in twenty years? ”) Engineering work trains us to analyze methodically, to work in teams, to stay calm, and to avoid intuitive leaps.
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If you are sane and passed their tests, the job is likely yours.
Johan: Software, Domotics Industry, Netherlands Most engineers that I know are a curious sort.
Remember that divide problem on the original Pentium chip back in 1994?
The most famous personality trait is our sense of humor.
I don't know why, but Monty Python and puns seem to be way over appreciated by engineers.
Dan - Diesel Engine Manufacturing - Illinois, USA Though there as many personality variations as there are engineering majors (it seems like EE's I know get no sleep), I think there are some personality traits which seem to be common across engineers: We like math and science.
Some are musicians, some draw or paint, some sculpt, some write.
This creativity is needed at work to come up with new approaches to solving problems.
You can't get away from it, so you might as well enjoy it.
At my university, Calculus 3 seemed to be the dividing line between those of us who made it as engineers and those of us who didn't.
Most of the engineers I know have a great eye for detail.