Electronic Design Magazine: DIY Electronics Kits Turn Hobbyists Into Engineers

Phil philmt59 at aol.com
Fri Mar 2 05:22:37 CST 2012

Dear André

There you go again, living in the past. Didn't you know that nowadays, it's everybody's right to be want they want to be, just by wanting it ? Wanna be an engineer? Build a kit, call yourself an engineer! Who needs qualifications, especially those difficult ones that need maths? Wanna be an astronaut? Everyone can! - except that, if you understand probability, you'll see that the odds are against you about twenty million to one. Never mind, just win the lottery instead - you're bound to, one day!

[I hope you can read between my lines of sarcasm. I'm with you 100%. Maybe even 110%.]

Phil M1GWZ

On 2 Mar 2012, at 01:14, Andre Kesteloot wrote:

> Phil,
> What motivated my posting was the rather simplistic tone of the tile of the article.  
> Kit building may attract youngsters in the right direction, but does not an engineer make . 
> One may or may not learn to think like an engineer by attending college. 
> And I also know of many "engineers" who got their diplomas by writing code and / or using simulation software, and could not draw a circuit diagram.  
> I used to interview engineers who had attended college here, and had a EE  diploma. One of the questions I woud ask them was, " having access to any electric or electronic part you may want, please draw now on the white-board how you would design  a ground-fault interrupter. Just think, then show me how you would go about solving this problem". 
> The majority of candidates not only did not know how  to go about designing one, but also could not come up with a  general solution.
> The next day, I would ask them again, and maybe one in ten had bothered to go visit the local hardware store, buy of of these devices and open it up.
> Although they had a diploma, I would not call these people engineers either.
> IMO, it takes much more than either kit-building or attending college to make an engineer.
> 73
> André

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