@Grabcad says they now have 18,181 registered CAD engineers. What makes them all engineers? I know it’s just semantics, but are we all really engineers now because we know how to use CAD software? I’ve heard a lot of discussions lately on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ as to what defines an engineer as an engineer, what makes a designer a designer and what are we supposed to call those people who just know how to use the software. There tends to be plenty of gray areas nowadays with CAD software being so easy to use with built in tools that make those once difficult design decisions fairly easy to make.
The official definition from most dictionaries of an engineer is rather lame:
One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.
So if you read into the Wikipedia definition of an engineer, it really could apply to anyone:
An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical and practical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, safety and cost.The word engineer is derived from the Latin root ingenium, meaning “cleverness”
This is a subject I’m going to be posting more about in the future. Consider this post my warm up. I would really like to hear from you all as to how your companies operate and how they classify engineers, designers, modelers, drafters, etc.