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Comment Re:Professional organization and trade guild FTW (Score 1) 338

Yup, people who design and develop cars and aeroplanes and railway trains and weapons typically don't become PEs, and if they do, typically their employer will ask them not to put it on their business card. The reason is that PE is largely a jobs for the boys trade restriction act these days, although it is fair to say there was an element of usefulness way back when.

Specifically the PE exam requires fairly little intellectual effort, it is open book, and the codes are not impossible to understand even on a first reading. just for fun I did a practice paper on the design of wooden structures, a subject in which my life experience and learning has been limited to building a shed. I studied the code, answered the questions. And passed.

Comment El Nino (Score 1, Insightful) 412

Did they forget to mention this is quite a strong El Nino year? The last El Nino of similar strength was 1999, from memory, which kicked off the pause. El Nino is followed by la Nina, which cools the globe, so next year we won't have these tedious articles about short term spikes in weather masquerading as climate.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 614

Oddly enough as a real engineer I've seen my pay increase every year since 1998, except for two years after the gfc. Now, I do have to negotiate that pay rise,and I imagine the shareholders would rather I didn't get it, but if I didn't get an increasing number of beer vouchers each year I'd go and work for someone else.

So pay rises do exist, at least for some mechanical engineers.

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