BOFH wants to know – would you make a good engineer?

Year 2000 - Episode 28


Episode 28

1. You hear a loud clatter from one of the fan units of a machine you're servicing. An Amber FAN light at the front of the machine is on. The other FAN is stopped completely. You know intuitively that:

2. It's 11pm, you're in bed and get a call about a faulty disk drive. Your immediate response is:

3. 24 x 7 x 4 means:

4. You're called into a job to service piece of kit you've never ever seen before. You don't even know what it does. You:

5. After E, above you put the kit back together and have a large box of spares left over. However, the green light still comes on when you press the power button. You:

6. You're called out because an earth leakage detector is tripping on a piece of your kit. You:

7. You have NO FING IDEA what is wrong with a piece of kit you're servicing. You:*

8. The phrase "No user serviceable parts inside" means:

9. "Warranty VOID if Seal Broken" means"

10. Ohms Law states that two resistors in Parallel are:

How did you do then?

Mostly A You're obviously not an engineer - it's patently obvious. You're too honest and know too much. You must be stopped.

Mostly B You too know too much for your own, or your company's good. Stick to your graduate studies and leave the real world alone.

Mostly C Honesty with occasional flashes of insight. You must do better if you want to enter the fast pace charge-now-ask-questions-later world of engineering

Mostly D You've got what it takes, but you don't really know how to use it. You need to sharpen those skills a little till you're at peak performance

Mostly E A large number of important vendors would snap you up in a trice. You have the special blend of non-accountability, blatant irresponsibility and ignorance that will make you invaluable to any organisation that chooses to employ you! Good work!!!

Didn't do well? Perhaps you'll do better in Part Two - coming soon. ®

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