We just can't help ourselves, though - we love to solve problems, even when it's not necessarily in our best interest. It's one of the things I love about design professionals. It's also one of the things that drive me crazy, especially when engineers that work for me (or architects we work for) are so focused on solving the client's problems that they forget a minor little thing like sending out a bill so we can get paid.
March 2014 Wright eNews
These days, if the computer's down, nothing gets done. Thankfully, there's Etch A Sketch - the pioneer in flat panel monitors. ...and they're sleek and energy efficient! Besides, if you're doing a piping diagram, it looks a lot like Etch A Sketch anyway.
This guy's like the solitaire-playing receptionists who had to "go manual" with actual playing cards since their computers were down.
Sometimes you need some "gray hair" on your project. After all, they've supposedly already seen it all, done it all, and made all their mistakes long ago - on someone else's project.
Gray hair is hair you can trust - and having lots of it (or for some, at least remnants of it) can be an advantage for us humble engineers. I was "blessed" with enough gray hair in my mid- twenties that I could easily pass for someone ten years older. More than 20 years later, I still claim to be in my "late, late twenties". It must be a genetic trait (the age claim I mean) - my mom still turns 21 again every March 6th.
This cartoon was inspired by a project with a particularly cantankerous owner's rep who insisted we put "more gray hair" on his project - after all, how could some young whippersnapper with a full head of "immature" hair, an engineering degree, and "only" a decade of experience with similar successful projects possibly be trusted?
Good news for that owner's rep: dealing with him caused the young whippersnappers to sprout a few gray hairs of their own.
January 2014 Wright eNews
January 2014 Wright eNews
Everyone knows that not much gets done around the office between Christmas Eve and New Years Day. Most people are on vacation anyway, and those that aren't wish they were. Even if there's work to be done, no one's around to crack the whip and make sure it gets done.
Christmas 1999, Wright Engineers' first Holiday Season, we had about ten employees - all but one of whom were out of the office happily enjoying their vacation time. The one person that remained could not work independently, so I had to come into the office each day during the Holidays to try to keep him busy. I felt like we were the only two people working in the entire city. The phones were dead. It was a huge waste of time. I vowed it would never happen again. Every year since then Wright Engineers has closed between Christmas and New Years Day.
November 2013 Wright eNews
As I was finishing my senior year at BYU, I had fleeting thoughts of getting an MS in architecture - until I discovered that it would take 3 more years compared to only one more year for an MS in engineering. With 2 kids already and another on the way, it was easy to make the decision to stay in engineering - and I'm glad I did. I love what I do, and I would hate to have to compete with the creativity I see from the architects we work with.
For another cartoon poking a little fun at architects, click here.
October 2013 Wright eNews