Amazed at Work

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by dukebound85, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    At how many engineers openly admit they have no idea how to set up electronic equipment, be it computers, stereos, tvs, networks, whatever

    They are geniuses in what we work in but seriously I was kinda sorta amazed at how they say they call someone to do it

    Is this a common thing?
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Yes, especially with the older (40+) crowd. Remember, we didn't grow up with computers, home theater systems, etc. And once computers started to become more prevalent in businesses (particularly tech businesses like engineering), it was the younger engineers who used them; the older ones were pretty much the ones telling them what to do with the computer, and the real dinosaur-ish ones still resist using them as much as they can.

    You also have to remember that there is likely someone else in the office whose job it is to set things up, for the sake of uniformity. Also, that person knows all the little idiosyncracies of how your office's equipment works and should be set up. And likely makes less money than a senior engineer, meaning it's cheaper for him to do it than the senior guy.
  3. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Yea, I once worked with a 65 year-old guy who programmed databases based on Paradox. It was a difficult working environment, to say the least. Nice guy, but didn't have a clue about a lot of things mentioned above.

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