We are engineers, but do we fix things?
Does gaining a degree in engineering make you capable of fixing things? Does being an engineering graduate help you if you are not practically inclined? Theoretical knowledge may not be sufficient if you do not have the mindset to approach issues practically. Let us discuss this serious concern in this thread.
Once a small child asked his father. "Papa, you are an electronics engineer. That means you can repair our TV too, right?" Father looked at him with a blank face as he did not know what to say.
This is a million dollar question in today's time? People get an engineering degree in various branches from good colleges and say proudly, "I am an engineer" but when it comes to applying their knowledge in fixing and repairing things, many of them are not able to or do not want to do it.
What can be the reason? Just being an engineer on paper is not sufficient to be able to implement the knowledge. That engineering mindset and enthusiasm of opening and fixing the things should prevail. Such motivation will only come if you have become an engineer by your choice and not compulsion.
Sometimes so-called engineers will call an electrician or technician to troubleshoot fix minor things which they can themselves do. So where is the engineering mindset? More people are pursuing engineering nowadays just for salary and not for passion. Compare this to foreign countries. People there like to troubleshoot and fix things and there are no electricians and plumbers easily available whatsoever to do the job. Is'nt it a great satisfying feeling for an engineer when he is able to repair a thing on his own?
But at times even if an engineer wants to apply his knowledge to fix the things at home he is not competent enough to do it. Sad isn't it? Here we have our educational system to blame which lays more emphasis on theory and less on practical knowledge. There is a huge gap between what is taught in engineering colleges and what is used in industries. Of course, an engineer should be crystal clear on theoretical concepts but practical application is equally important.
Our country truly needs real engineers with a mindset of innovating and building things. So let us be engineers with quality and not quantity. Upcoming engineers! Please do justice to the word "Engineer".