May 1966 Electronics World
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Electronics World, published May 1959
- December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Call me a snob, but IMHO except
for rare circumstances, if you expect to hold the title of "engineer," you really
should have earned a college degree in engineering. Sure, there are talented people
without an engineering degree that can do certain engineering jobs more competently
than someone with an engineering degree; however, it certainly is not so in the majority
of instances. It is foolish to look around at all the technology you share your
life with and conclude that people without the benefit of a formal engineering education
could turn out so much at such a fast pace. When someone learns that you are an
engineer, there is an automatic assumption that you hold at least a Bachelor's degree
in engineering, software, or the physical sciences. If you tell someone you are
a technician, the assumption is that you have earned an Associate's degree and/or
received training in the military specific to your job's nature. When I see messages
like the one in this advertisement, I get a little perturbed because: 1) It is misleading
since unaware people will believe that becoming an engineer really is a easy as
taking some home instruction courses, and 2) It diminishes the accomplishments,
financial and time investment, and hard work of those who did earn an engineering
degree. Yes, I know Merriam-Webster does not specify that a formal college degree
is necessary to hold the title of "engineer," but at least in the realms of work
performed by most RF Cafe visitors, the practice will not be greeted warmly ...
unless your "other" job driving a locomotive for a living. I'm just say'n.
How to Become a 'Non-Degree Engineer in the May 1966 Electronics
Cleveland Electronics Institute Electronics Slide Rule Advertisement
in the August 1967 Electronics World,
RCA Institutes Advertisement in the June 1969 Electronics
Engineering Level Opportunities for You in the February 1970
How to Become a "Non-Degree Engineer"
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of a new discovery.
In military-connected work alone, 80% of the field engineers are not college
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In TV and radio, the Broadcast Engineer is the man with a 1st Class FCC License,
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why CIE can promise in writing to refund your tuition in full if you complete one
of its FCC courses and fail to pass the licensing exam.
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Posted December 1, 2022(updated from original post on 11/20/2014)