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8.00%
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Engineer Roll Call

Old 06-29-21, 06:52 PM
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Engineer Roll Call

Cycling seems to attract a lot of people who are in the engineering field.

My dad (an engineer and cyclist) always told me that you rarely have to ask if someone's an engineer; they'll usually be sure to tell you.

So, how many do we have here, and what kind are ya?

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Old 06-29-21, 06:57 PM
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It's appropriate that you listed train engineer in your poll.... We have a saying on the Model Railroading forum: How can you tell which forum members work for a real railroad? It's easy - They mention it in every post!
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What does this have to do with cycling?

I was a software engineer.
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While not an actual degreed MechEng, that's where my schooling was - just never graduated. I was a year short when I got hired as a mail carrier at USPS, and making more spending cabbage than a graduate BSME. I did take a few more classes even afterwards, but... How does that old ad campaign go "Life Comes At You Fast" -- First a motorcycle, then a car, then a wife/house... AND yet I retired from USPS at age 55... My BSME highschool buddy has been laid off/downsized four times, worked for temp agencies, and is still working at 63...

FWIW, my old man was a MSME and worked in private industry from '56-62, then at NASA 1962-82... He got tired of the government outsourcing and left (volunteered to be RIFed) at age 52 and never looked back...
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I wonder how many actually work in a field that has anything at all do with cycling.
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I’m more found of Lionel. The layout is long gone. And I’ve passed some engines and cars on to our kids.

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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
What does this have to do with cycling?
As stated:

Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
Cycling has always attracted those in that profession.
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
I wonder how many actually work in a field that has anything at all do with cycling.
Probably very few. But for some reason, this sport attracts a lot of engineers; possibly because of the design and mechanics of the bicycle itself? Dunno...
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Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
As stated:
Can you post your data because I don't see it.
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Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
Probably very few. But for some reason, this sport attracts a lot of engineers; possibly because of the design and mechanics of the bicycle itself? Dunno...
My uncle retired as the chief engineer at Raytheon and he never rode a bike, he painted and did multi media art.
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
Iím more found of Lionel. The layout is long gone. And Iíve passed some engines and cars on to our kids.

John
I am getting ready to ship mine to my grand nephew - all the tracks, trestles, cattle, log and milk cars, two engines and a transformer to run two lines. They are about 70 years old.
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My degree is a Bachelors of Science in Composite Materials Engineering.

At one time in the late 90s, I was pretty knowledgeable on Carbon composite laminates. Carbon bikes were just taking off at the time, wish I would have stayed one foot in that corner. I still know enough to be dangerous with Carbon bike frames, which is why I ride steel frames


Jobs and time passed and now I’m a Exhaust systems Engineer! Spent some time doing HVAC engineering too.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Can you post your data because I don't see it.
Sure: I've met a lot of engineers who ride bikes, and several BF members have mentioned that they're engineers.

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My uncle retired as the chief engineer at Raytheon and he never rode a bike
CSB.
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No provision in the poll for double majors;
Computer & Electrical.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
What does this have to do with cycling?

I was a software engineer.
Maybe this doesn't have much to do with cycling so it probably belongs over in Foo. However, it seems like a harmless topic. My official title is "Analytics Engineer" but I don't think I'm an engineer in the classical sense of the term. Sort of a software engineer I guess but I mainly work with data.
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I'm the field tech who has to fix the errors, omissions, and "unanticipated field conditions" of the designers so we can actually build it.
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Originally Posted by fettsvenska View Post
Maybe this doesn't have much to do with cycling so it probably belongs over in Foo.

Maybe so.

Mods, feel free to relocate this thread.
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I don't have my license but I have my BS in Civil Engineering and an AS in Mathematics.

I got my degree late in life after working in architecture for over 25 years. Now I'm working in land surveying and land rights after getting my degree after I was 50.
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I've had "engineer" job titles, and have taught in an engineering department, but I'm not an engineer. My degree is in physics, and by day I work on technology for scientific instruments, typically involving optics, electronics, mechanics, and computation.
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