Our tax dollars at work:

What's the difference between an AA
engineer and a natural engineer?

An AA "engineer"-to-be gets herded 
through a university with abysmally low 
standards, "learns" solely by rote and
mnemonic device, cannot perform any math 
that varies from the example problems in 
the text books, 
gets hired by a firm that can get 
government contracts only if they 
fulfill Affirmative Action requirements,
does not, and of course cannot, do any 
engineering whatsoever,

collects an engineer's salary,

does nothing but data collection, 
inspections and the memorization
of other people's analyses; eventually 
manages young workers who do the same, 
and necessarily leaves actual analyses 
to the people with actual capacity 
for math and analysis.
The pretend position is assured..

..while society foots the bill.

A natural engineer does engineering.  
And I'm the beneficiary of the marvelous 
products and services resulting from their 
partnerships with real industries.  

I look up to engineers.  In my next life, 
I'd like to be more involved in engineering.

Engineers' Creed of 1954

As a Professional Engineer, I dedicate my 

   engineering knowledge and skill..

I pledge:

to participate in none but honest enterprise,

to place the honor and standing of the 
profession before personal advantage..

Adopted by the National Society of 
Professional Engineers in 1954.