Engineers are a strange breed. Below you will find a brief list to help you identify some of the more common breeds of engineer in the wild. 🙂
1. The Antisocial Engineer – this common breed of engineer tends to keep to him or herself, is very seldom seen outside of the academic or work environment and even when confronted in their natural habitat, tend to avoid any interaction with others and especially avoids all those not of the engineering breed. An example of the Antisocial Engineer would be the one individual in class who ruins the curve, yet you have no idea it was them or in the work place, is only known on a first name basis and seems to be wearing the same shirt daily.
2. The Nerd Engineer – This slightly less common breed of engineer can be outgoing and interact with other species, but tends to drive less similar breeds away. They form awkward groups who in numbers are strong yet still can not manage to attract the massive numbers of the Social Engineer. An example of this breed of engineer is Jimmy Neutron…you know who I am talking about.
3. The Math/Science/Physics Genius Engineer – Usually of some Asian descent, but not always, this breed of engineer is a superior breed and is commonly looked upon as the finest specimen of engineer. Due to their superior intellect, they often attract others naturally and can be found in many various locations. They are to be handled with great caution though as some can turn on those around them when the environment is threatening. An example of this engineer is the individual who during the semester helped you understand your homework, but during finals week suddenly wanted nothing to do with you. Survival of the fittest was never more prevalent when dealing with the Genius Engineer.
4. The Social Engineer – This breed of engineer was caused by a genetic mutation in the Business Major years ago. This mutation caused a form of engineer that is slowly becoming more and more visible, yet is still largely uncommon. The Social Engineer can interact with varying species with ease and often is the center of any activity. They do not have the superior intellect of the Genius Engineer, but due to their ability to adapt and connect, are often successful in their pursuits. An example of this engineer if your boss at the engineering firm, the group leader of a senior project or that one person who studies for hours and hours for the Structures exam, yet seems to still have a social life to talk constantly.
5. The Tony Stark Engineer – This breed of engineer mixes various aspects of the Social Engineer and Genius Engineer. They often have very extravagant presentation of self and are justified due to their ability to perform. This species of engineer tends to be either greatly accepted or largely rejected by other engineers depending on the circumstances and environment prevalent. The prime example of this engineer is where it derives its namesake, Tony Stark.
6. The Guardian Engineer – This breed of engineer will do all it can in its power to protect the entire engineering species. Through methods of conversion, argumentation or any other resource known to them, they will stand and defend both the reputation and pride of engineers everywhere. Often supportive of older methods and thought being incorporated into modern approaches, they are a great resource for background knowledge, but provide little of practical help to the Engineering Species in day to day task. An example of this breed is the one person you can’t argue with or have a conflicting opinion about Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Howard Hughes, Steve Jobs, Stephanie Kwolek or any other famous and impactful engineer or engineering related individual.
7. The Humble Engineer – This breed of engineer has never been proven to exist and is the center of many urban legends and speculation. Very similar to the rarity of a Female Engineer, if found, there would be a great response and shift in the engineering species.
Have you spotted a wild engineer not listed here? Comment below and share your encounter!