Gimme a Break

Nov 22, 2008 | engineering, engineers, Engineering

Hello again! Martin here with the November edition of Martin's Corner.

If you are an Engineer like me you probably are not slowing down as we approach the holidays. In fact, there is a good chance that the pace of your work is accelerating as new roadmaps and products need to be launched or updated by the end of the year.

With this in mind I want to share a few humorous engineering jokes with you so that once in a while you can take a five minute break to have a laugh while still staying in your engineering mindset. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Engineering Rules

1. Any circuit design must contain at least one part which is obsolete, two parts which are unobtainable and three parts which are still under development.

2. Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.

3. A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.

4. If you can't fix it -- document it.

5. The primary function of the design engineer is to make things difficult for the fabricator and impossible for the serviceman.

Arguing with an Engineer

Arguing with an engineer is a lot like wrestling in the mud with a pig. After a few hours, you realize that he likes it.

Astronaut Anxiety

An astronaut in space in 1970 was asked by a reporter, "How do you feel?"

"How would you feel," the astronaut replied, "if you were stuck here, on top of 20,000 parts each one supplied by the lowest engineering bidder?"

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Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving holiday!

About the Author

Corvalent manufactures long-life, rugged computing systems at the heart of OEM systems and devices, including revision- and document-controlled industrial motherboards, single board computers and embedded controllers. Serving industrial customers since 1993, Corvalent offers custom materials planning and advisory services; real-time engineering to address any technology or platform; modification of COTS or standards-based solutions for unique, mission critical applications; and elite, white glove technical support.