SimHelp continues a column dedicated to engineers – most important people in simulation industry. We already talked about their biggest fears and reasons of choosing this profession. Although, like every one of us, engineers also face various stereotypes in their lives. That is why we decided to talk about most common, irritating stereotypes on engineer’s profession.
1. Working night shift? Have a good night sleep!
Some people think that night shifts make engineer’s job a dream job. Somehow the society often thinks that if you have to work on the night shift, it means that you simply will sleep through the night, wake up in the morning happy and well-rested, and will go home to continue your day. Oh yes, and you will be paid for that too…
That, actually, would be definitely a dream job, although in reality everything is quite opposite. In order to use a full potential of the Full Flight Simulator (FFS), they are usually densely occupied by the clients during the day time. That means that most of the maintenance work must be done during the time which is not desirable for clients – at night. It is not a great secret, that there is ALWAYS what to do, so night shifts are most productive in FFS engineer’s profession.
2. Engineers rest when the FFS is ”in flight”?
Such stereotype comes from the explanation that engineers do most of the work at night, when the simulator is free. Somehow people jump to conclusion that engineer is a smart man with a wrench in his hands who fixes the FFS. Definitely all that is true! Although we believe that engineer is much more than that. When FFS is occupied, one has to do so much work: to find the needed part, to find its best price, to negotiate with sellers, make contracts, to repair broken devices and many others.
Furthermore, various FFS failures may be caused by various problems, which are not so obvious. We believe that engineer may be compared to a doctor. You know that something is wrong with your patient, but you have to find out the reasons what caused the symptoms. Like Dr. Gregory House from the famous TV show, an engineer spends a tremendous time on finding out why FFS broke.
3. Engineer is the magician of the technologies
And the last, but most irritating stereotype about engineer’s profession is that an engineer can fix every technical device. If something is not working, engineer will fix that. No matter what it is: either it is your computer, your telephone or maybe some house-hold job like fixing a lamp or a window. ‘What?! You can fix such a machine as a Full Flight Simulator, but you can’t fix that?’ – the most common question that engineer gets after saying NO.
There is no doubt that engineers are smart and capable to do a lot of things, although let’s be realistic – engineers are not magicians or gods of technologies who know everything. In order to fix and maintain such technological miracle as a Full Flight Simulator, engineers spent a tremendous amount of time finding and analyzing the information. The magical thing is the ability to sort and use all that information.
Dear engineers, reading this post, we are sure, that you also faced stereotypes about your profession. We encourage you to share your experiences.