Someone who takes the view that if its broken it should be fixed, if its not broken it needs to be taken apart to find out why, theoretically to make future designs not be broken, really to break it so they can fix it.

In general have advanced math and science skills, engineers solve practical problems and design things, not to be confused with scientists, who discover things, or workmen who make things.

The scientist discovers a new material and its properties, the engineer uses this to design a new building, the workman makes the building.

Often engineers have trouble socializing, this is because they speak and think in numbers, and have tendency to "mental multi-task" i.e. Halfway through a conversation they will devote half their brain to designing a better sort of person to talk to.

Whatever it says, if it doesn't have a degree, its not an engineer, its something that wants to feel important.
My friend is an engineer
where did he study
prestigious university
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One who often finds himself in the middle of the battlefield collecting metal and building machines (such as teleporters) to help ensure victory. Arch enemy of the spy. Common phrases include; "Teleporter goin up" "Sentry goin up" and "SPY SAPPIN MY SENTRY!"
You: Hey engineer, keep checking your back. There's a spy around.

Me: Thanks, HEY, SPY SAPPIN MY SENTERY!
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A professional with extensive mathematical and scientific skills. Engineering has many different types of careers: civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and so on and so forth.

They are underpaid when compared to other fields such as medicine. That isn't to say that doctors don't deserve those massive paychecks. A medical mistake can kill one person, but an engineering mistake can kill hundreds and thousands of people.

Engineers have heavy burdens to carry, and should be respected. Everything around you was designed by an engineer.
Engineers are individuals who solve the problems ordinary people can't.
by engineering major December 03, 2010

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someone who solves practical problems
If building stuff isn't solving problems then the engineer don't know what is.
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The perfect superhuman.
Usually ripped on by others for using university for it's original intention, to study.

When arts students come across an engineering student they will usually make a weak attempt at a joke, as they are intimidated by an engineers superior intelligence.
Arts student: Hey look its an engineering student... i uh.. i uh bet he doesnt do the sex!

Engineering student: Sorry, how much can you get paid from only having your arts undergrad?
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An accredited psychopath. Psychopathic tendencies are not usely inherent, but emerge after the proto-engineer (see: student) has been run through courses like statics, thermodynamics, and circuits.
The difference between a psychopath and an engineer is that one has a degree.

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Drinks their way through college for at least four years, playing computer games, smoking pot, masturbating and never having sex, ever. Learns the theory for incredibly complex subjects within one relatively sober week of the exams. Studies one particular subject in another sober week to get a really fancy sounding job that is 1% challenging and 99% telling a technician to press the reset button. Makes a lot of money for doing that and then, of course, starts having a lot of sex.

Gets really annoyed if people don't optimize space utilization when filling a dishwasher.

Knows what every single cable behind your TV is for.

Has a hammer, duct tape, and cable ties close at all times, but is not necessarily a serial killer. Although engineers make great serial killers.
Interviewer: So what do you know about spectroscopic ellipsometry?
Engineer: Spectroscopic ellipsometry employs broad band light sources, which"..... *15 minutes later*.... and thus the film properties are characterized.
Boss: Welcome to the team, you'll be looking after all these machines
Engineer: I look forward to the challenge
Technician: Hey this machine is messed up
Engineer: Press the reset button
Technician: OK it's working now
Engineer: Sweet *Returns feet to desk*
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