Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lessons That I Learned as a Mechanical Engineer: One

I have read a lot of forwarded emails circulating with similar themes as that  of this title which are quite humorous. I myself has forwarded some of them. This post is more of a rumination of what exactly I learned, or imbibed in life as a mechanical engineer. Wherever I had worked, (there are quite some places, thanks to my nomadic nature!) the basic mode of work is similar, which can serve as a good model in any walk of life. 
Before proceeding, I will introduce you to a few terms, which will make our discussion more comprehensible. First one is PROCESS. Process is when some work is done on a set of inputs to give a desired output. So it becomes imperative that the quality and quantity of  inputs as well as the work done is what decides the quality of output. Next word is SYSTEM. System is a collection of different processes, that are interconnected with each other and mostly the output of one process serves as the input of another one. 

Consider life as a system, entangled with numerous interrelated processes. If any of the process is not giving the desired result, analyze the inputs that you feed into the system. Check it both quantitatively and qualitatively. Also give a look to the way you use the input. There may be an anomaly in the way you process them. Like for example: The gastronomic problem may be due to junk food (quality of input), due to excessive gobbling up of  dinner (quantity of input),  or due to not chewing the food properly and consuming as if world is going to end tomorrow (problem with the process).

See you next time with more...


  1. Hi from another mechanical engineer here :)

  2. wish it was that simple :) to learn about life


  3. @Srinidhi : Hi Welcome friend... :)

    @sm : thanks

    @nona: :)

    @Bikram: its not simple, very tough... :(

  4. Beg to disagree..
    we need to account the anisotropy in the process of life. There is nothing absolute, to analyze the system we need a reference, generally a standard given by society, and despite of that what matters is the direction on which evaluation is performed.. :)
    P.S.: another mechanical engineer