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Roger,

This helps clarify your intent, but the truth is that too many people in
the profession think along the lines of what I was mistakenly attributing
to your intent.

Regards,

Scott
Ypsilanti, MI


On Tue, 2 Dec 2003, Roger Turk wrote:

> Scott,
>
> You read too much in my comments.
>
> The student is up for hire --- therefore he/she is a product, but a very
> special product, one that improves with time.
>
> The profession hires the now former student, hence the profession is the
> customer --- the profession consumes engineering graduates.
>
> The better the product, the more likely that the customer will want that
> product.
>
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona
>
> Scott Maxwell wrote:
>
> . > Roger,
>
> . > And this is where I have a problem.  If you think along this line, then it
> . > implies that the "customer" (the profession) expects a finished "product"
> . > (the student/young engineer).  The problem is the current "manufacturing
> . > process" is not meant to produce a finished "product".  You really
> . > need to liken the student "product" coming out of the schools as a engine
> . > for a car.  The "customer" then buys that engine, but still has some
> . > "work" to do to put the engine in the car before the "customer" really has
> . > the final finished "product" that they can "drive" around.  In otherwords,
> . > schools do supply a "product" (as they are meant to) but just not a
> . > "product" in the completely final form that the "customer" really can just
> . > go out an drive.
>
> . > So, what you have is there are some that don't like to "build" their own
> . > "car".  So, they rely on others to take the "product" from a school and
> . > install it in the "car" and then "buy" the "car" from them.  In our
> . > profession this would be those that don't hire anyone unless they have a
> . > couple years of experience.
>
> . > (Enough quotation marks for ya?)
>
> . > Regards,
>
> . > Scott
> . > Ypsilanti, MI
>
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