What Engineering School didn't teach me

If you been in Engineering for even a couple of years, you realized that your BS/BSE didn’t teach you everything that you needed to know. From these on the job learnings, you realize that coding and engineering are rather pointless by themselves and only become important when they are used to solve a real world problem. Example: If you work in the financial sector, you better know what tax laws cover the product you are building.

So I thought that it would be fun to have a continuous list of the strange skills that we have learned on the job.

I’ll go first:

  • How to run a gas pump
  • How to run an EV charging station
  • How parking gates work
  • The basic business plan of a parking lot
  • What is the “best price” for a product in a retail store.
  • Why $1.06 is the worse price

I have more, but wanted to see the other things people have done.

Some examples that come to mind:

  • How to use source control
  • Project management skills
  • How to give a presentation about technology

Not sure if that’s the kind of thing you were looking for.

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How 1+1 can equal 4
The best tech is not what is picked, the best sales reps pick technology
What LPTA is, and why you never want to work on a contract that is based on it
ditto for cost+
Never deliver too early, but always deliver early.