Since I was a kid, I was taught that what I had to do when I grew up was go to college and get a degree to be successful. This is what you normally do, you find out what you want to do in college and you get a degree. Which for me it was Electrical Engineering and the area in which I have worked in the majority of my career has been in Manufacturing.

Over the years, I have worked with guys who have been in the “Engineering” field for more than 25 years and they have always told me that there are some people that can do the job and some who just cannot. Still, there are some who actually can do it but don’t have a degree at all. Regardless of this, they are some of the best engineers that I’ve ever worked with. “Why is that?” is something that I always wondered and still I don’t know the answer.

What I do know is this, I have been told by other engineers that they prefer not to work with someone that doesn’t have a degree. In this case, I always prefer to say “I don’t care if you have a degree but you can solve the problem and work with me”. Some don’t have that belief but I’ve seen guys who don’t have a degree perform better than someone that does. This isn’t the case all the time but sometimes, people just have it and didn’t need that degree to get themselves into the engineering world.

In all honestly, as long as you can solve the problem and get things moving, you’re an “Ace” in my book. I think that is what some people don’t see, it doesn’t matter what your degree is, if you can accomplish the task at hand, be professional, your exactly what I’m looking for.

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