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Engineering Chauvinism

I have been engineer for 32 years now and have done everything from test engineering, production engineering, and design engineering. I now work as an applications engineer. I have found there to be a chauvinism that comes from certain groups.
 
Medical Engineers believe that experience outside of medical companies is not real experience. I broke in the medical design with a company that had a 50% turn annual turnover and couldn’t afford to be picky. I got four patents at that job.
 
Design Engineers have a certain air of superiority. I remember this from when I was a designer and experience it when I am not. It is sad because I learned to be an engineer while on the test floor. I feel the test engineers make the best design managers because they are not in love with the technology.
 
Silicon Designers can see chip design as the highest form of engineering. If you are on the outside of the pins it’s because you can’t be on the inside. They cannot fathom that people may see silicon design as limiting.
 
Engineers with advanced degrees can be the worst. I never trust an engineer that signs his letter with “Phd”. They tend to dismiss unique ideas they don’t understand. I guess the reasoning is that if it was a good idea, someone in the university would have discovered it.  I remember professors that would use “proof by intimidation”. I guess it just follows them when they leave.
 
I have yet to meet a chip designer for a medical company with a Phd. That could be truly insufferable.
 
 
Am I missing any group?

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