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11 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

My kids main criteria even before this pandemic is can work from home 🤣 My husband’s engineering work involves hardware so he has to go back office at times. 

My adult children are all STEM workers and are working either fully or partly from home (ds2 is an electrical engineer so also involves hardware, which requires him to go in).  DH is also STEM and has worked from home since 2009 (this was his dream for a long time).  Ds1 was also working remotely pre-pandemic.  His girlfriend is not STEM and started working remotely after Covid and definitely prefers it.  She was on the road all the time before and doesn't miss it at all.  

My youngest (also STEM) is in college and had a remote internship last summer and is hoping for the same next summer.  It's so nice if you like that.  Ds2 prefers his situation where he's in the office at times.  He doesn't like working remotely all the time.  His gf (STEM)  is starting a new job and is the same.  She's starting remotely but is anxious to be in person.

 

 

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1 hour ago, mom2scouts said:

My two oldest work in STEM fields. "What are your feelings on safety?" has me laughing although I'm not sure electrical engineers care about safety either.

My electrical engineering husband does but he is a reliability engineer. My first degree is in civil engineering and I’m sure everyone hope civil engineers care about safety.
For my alma mater, environmental engineering is subsumed under civil engineering and there are quite a lot of maths used in that field. 

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Just now, Arcadia said:

My electrical engineering husband does but he is a reliability engineer. My first degree is in civil engineering and I’m sure everyone hope civil engineers care about safety.
For my alma mater, environmental engineering is subsumed under civil engineering and there are quite a lot of maths used in that field. 

I had the same issue. I was an environmental engineering major and I love math.  😃  

I used to work with a bunch of geologists and I couldn't quite figure out how to place them on the diagram.  On the author's original post, the meteorologists and geologists were commenting that they were left out and people were trying to create extra branches for them.  There were actually some interesting comments on how to further break down the engineering blob into "things that move" and "things that should not move (civil)".  LOL

 

 

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24 minutes ago, cintinative said:

There were actually some interesting comments on how to further break down the engineering blob into "things that move" and "things that should not move (civil)".  LOL

Traffic engineering was also subsumed under civil engineering. Timing the traffic lights and OSPF (Open Shortest Path First, The Seven Bridges of Königsberg, traveling salesman problem) had quite a bit of math (graph theory) involved.  My final year dissertation was in the field of traffic engineering.   

Meteorologist and geologist might go under people who love nature.

I actually picked engineering because it is applied maths. My backup choice of major was computational physics.

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15 hours ago, mom2scouts said:

"What are your feelings on safety?" has me laughing although I'm not sure electrical engineers care about safety either.

I think safety for an electrical engineer is a learned skill after many years of learning on the job...  (Both because operations/factory will ask you to think about it and well some things really hurt.) Based purely on personal experience.

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Re safety - both ds and ddil work at a national lab with nuclear engineering components.  Yes, they are safety nuts at work!  But ds loved to blow things up as a young person, is a mountaineer and climbing guide, played rugby through college - so risk mitigation is maybe a better way to phrase it.

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