Engineeringly Incorrect Statements

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For the past few months, I’ve been receiving bloggable engineeringly incorrect statements from people at our level (the inexperienced) working among experienced engineers. Being the engineer’s voice for whom literal meanings are quite important , I thought to organize them into dialogues as examples to define the term “engineeringly incorrect statement.”

Example [1]

EE* (1): This needs to be done by tomorrow.

IEE* asks EE (1): How do I do this calculation?

EE (1): It’s not as easy as it seems.

IEE: Since it’s not as easy as it seems (and I don’t have the experience that you have), I can’t do this by tomorrow.

Then EE (2) appears out of nowhere, and shows IEE that the only extra thing that IEE needed to know was to calculate; T x sin 60.

Say again, It’s not as easy as it seems?

Example [2]

For IEE to do a calculation (which involves a force unit), she needs an input from the EE. So a number is thrown her way, “370.”

IEE asks two EE engineers the same question: “What’s the unit?”

EE (1) says kg, and EE(2) says N

That’s a factor of 9.81, people. If they can’t decide on an answer, aren’t they both engineeringly incorrect statements?

Example [3],

IEE: “What does this value mean?”

EE: “This is how you calculate it.”

IEE (inner voice): I don’t want to know how to calculate it. I want to know what it really means…as in, the concept, in real life, what does the number correspond to, but do I get that?

What do you think?

Example [4]

Reference drawings are given, and they have obvious discrepancies in the reference axes (that’s X, Y, Z), so which one shall IEE use? In one drawing, the 2-D plane drawing shows X and Y, and on the other, the same 2-D plane shows X and Z. IEE asks more than one EE which dimensions should be used for the given analysis, and guess what? Again, two different answers.

If they can’t decide on an answer, aren’t they both engineeringly incorrect statements?

Example [5]

A calculation was being made, and the answer did not make any sense according to the drawings given, and when asked, the EE said, “Ask the calculator.”

*UFF! Engineeringly Incorrect Statement! You don’t ask the calculator, you ask the person who issued the drawing what does the number mean*

Add to that, the “Assume anything” from an EnginE-eeer’s Life, and you got IEE imagining the following scenario:

IEE: “Can you please open the window?”

EE: “Why? Are you cold?”

IEE: “No, no, I might need to jump out the window before the place blows up because of these engineeringly incorrect statements, because then I’d get blamed for them.”

*IEE: Inexperienced engineer

EE: Experienced engineer

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