What Does an Engineer Do?

I have found that one of the downsides to being an engineer is that few people really know what I do. This is in large part because most people do not have direct interaction with the engineering profession. Most people have used the services of other professionals, such as physicians, accountants and lawyers, but relatively few people will retain an engineer. Engineers are seldom represented in popular culture and when they are, they may be portrayed as over-glorified mechanics (think Scotty from Star Trek). To make matters worse, in the United States the word “engineer” is used to in the title of people who operate equipment, maintain buildings, write computer code and (apocryphally?) collect trash. Continue reading “What Does an Engineer Do?”