Become a better engineer and deal with being not-great in the meantime?
September 19, 2013 1:12 AM Subscribe
I want to design and make things but I keep making silly mistakes at work. Calculations for even the smallest projects feel like a house of cards, and inevitably I've overlooked something crucial, messed up some math, or made a very wrong assumption somewhere along the way. While I did well enough in school, I was not the most responsible student, and I feel like nothing from my education really stuck (calculus, beam equations, material properties, statics, even high school physics). It's embarrassing and I feel like I can't trust myself even after quadruple-checking.
posted by Gravel to work & money (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've thought of studying for the EIT exam as a way to review my fundamentals. Is that a good idea? How else can I re-learn the things I need and keep it this time? What should I focus on learning (interested primarily in machine design, structures, and fabrication)?
What can I do in the meantime? I want to avoid major mistakes and not be so slow. I also want to make a good impression so I'm hesitant to ask for help on basic stuff.