Nov 13, 2015

Real engineers

I read an article on The Atlantic this week titled, "Programmers: Stop Calling Yourself Engineers".


The article trashes computer engineering because (1) programmers don't value credentials as much as the field of civil engineering does, and (2) software is in a constant state of iteration, unlike, say, a bridge, where every detail must be designed and functional prior to construction.

Of course, it's not serious. "Engineering" has very fuzzy borders, and the author is totally biased towards civil engineering. (Come on, man, materials science is where it's at!)

I wanted to comment because I do agree with the premise that "engineer-washing" is bad. Since when is a customer service representative a "customer happiness engineer"? And can you stop screwing up my keyword searches on LinkedIn with your misleading job titles?