I have purchased an enormous book filled with every bit of engineering knowledge known to man as a reference for the test. The book is actually written for the sole purpose of being a reference for this test. As I sit here reading through all the insane equations that govern the motions and reactions of practically everything on earth I am forced to consider the insanity of my profession.
Engineers are a weird bunch. On one hand our tools are the same mathematics and sciences that define the nerds. So we are somewhat nerdy. On the other hand our rules describe the operation of many of the manliest of things such as cars and power tools. Sometimes we have trouble thinking outside the box because of all the aforementioned rules. Unlike accounting our rules don't change from year to year. They are fixed forever. Engineers draw comfort from these absolutes. Certain things in life should not be in question even in our homes, just like my friend Homer explains at the end of the clip below.
All this studying has caused me to wonder if Braden will be drawn to engineering some day because that is what his Dad does? More importantly, if he is drawn to engineering will I encourage that or try and point him in another direction?
I have no idea how I will respond to Braden's potential interest. You certainly won't get rich from engineering. That is a common misconception. You can, however, make a nice living without going to your own specialized schools like those big shot doctors and lawyers. Learning how things work is another potential plus of being an engineer if that is your thing. On the other hand I don't want to encourage my son to discuss the Von-Mises failure theory or the longitudinal stress in thin wall pressure vessels with the other children. That type of behavior would probably get him banned from normal childhood shenanigans.
Certainly all of this is far in the future, but this is what I do. I wonder. Of course, I want Braden to do whatever he wants when he grows up, as long as it is legal. Engineering just seems so strange sometimes. At those times I wonder if I maybe I should tell my son I am an astronaut or a turnip farmer.
I think I can probably just stick to the engineering without to much trouble as long as I don't become one of those dads who strictly enforces the laws of thermodynamics.