RE: Tech writer/ Documentation Specialist

Subject: RE: Tech writer/ Documentation Specialist
From: "Spreadbury, David C." <David -dot- Spreadbury -at- marconi -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 14:42:33 -0400


You left out the most important one:

Domestic Engineer - Your spouse, or significant other

If you don't think that this is the most important one, just ask your
spouse, or significant other.

-----Original Message-----
From: Watson Laughton [mailto:WLaughton -at- orphan -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 1:37 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: Tech writer/ Documentation Specialist



>>information development engineer
>>research engineer
>>information engineer

Hm...what's with all the engineers these days, I wonder? Time was, an
engineer sat in the locomotive of a train, pulling the whistle TOOT TOOT at
cows that got in the way. Then engineers were people who had gone to
college and majored in some kind of engineering discipline (electrical
engineering, chemical engineering, etc.). Now programmers are "software
engineers", people who pick up garbage are "sanitation engineers", technical
writers are "information engineers". Seems to me that anything that means
everything, also means nothing.

I'm voting with those who just stick with "writer", if that's what your main
responsibility is. Even better would be the old standard "technical
writer", so that new acquaintances won't be looking for your books next to A
Moveable Feast or Hamlet, your name on a by-line in the New York times, or
up in lights on a Broadway marquis.


"what is an engineer?", from a disgruntled one (electronics):

Engineer: any one driving or operating a gas powered car, truck, train,
boat, ship, plane, or generator.
Army Core of engineers: those who drive heavy land grading equipment for the
army.
Chemical engineer: one who drives a cement truck gas truck, milk truck, or
transports chemicals.
Janitorial engineer: one who drives a street sweeper.
Mechanical engineer: one who operates a device powered by an engine.
Electrical engineer: one who operates a gas powered electric generator.
Rocket engineer: one who flies a rocketship.
Software engineer: one who operates a rototiller.
Custodial engineer: one who drives a moving van.
Grading engineer: one who drives a dirt grader.
Mining engineer: one who drives a gas powered mine train or gas powered
drill.
Petroleum engineer: one who drives a gas truck.
Aeronautical engineer: one who flies a plane.
Hydraulics engineer: one who operates a water truck or gas powered water
pumps.
Nautical engineer: one who operates a ship's or boat's engine.
Audio engineer: one who operates a gas powered jack hammer or pile driver.
Optical engineer: one who operates search lights typically at big sales
events.
Nuclear engineer: one who presses the button detonating an atomic bomb.
Civil engineer: one who drives a Honda Civic.
Technical engineer: one who is confused.
Architectural design engineer: one who is insecure.
Electronic engineer: one who sucked too much lead based solder in a public
college.

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