Originally Posted by chris85
I agree Engineers need to be more hands on for sure. I got much hands on experience doing my degree in and IT, not as much doing as masters at a Uni.
I was recently in an interview and got handed a Voltmeter and was asked what it was and how to use it (how would I measure voltage, resistance). I was laughing inside as got the feeling many people didnt know who previously interviewed. Was a senior Engineer asking me this as well. I obviously knew how to use it (as any Engineer should).
I have worked along side an "Engineering Manager" who was unable to utilise a multimeter to fault find a piece of equipment. Same engineering manager failed to crimp a wire a 0.5 meter "crossed network cable" properly requiring yours truly to be mobilised to a remote location (in Italy) in order to "fix the issue".
Unfortunately its common for someone to be very intellectual in an engineering sense but unable to apply the knowledge to a real world scenario. I attended an interview recently (where I was successful in attaining the role) with other candidates and we were given a practical problem to solve.
It was obvious those that had a logical practical approach to problem solving. My initial reaction was surprise as the majority of those present focused too much on the problem and did not give any consideration to the resources available.