Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Engineer / Photographer ?

Well to start sorry for the long delay in the postings, seems that at times the writing cramps just drag and drag. I have been bogged down with the usual hodgepodge of activities.

At present this blog represents the discussion of various activities in and around my life. I am at a crossroad at this stage in my life as my job for the past 20+ years is moving, I must now decide to move with my company, or step out on my own. Yet while writing this I have come to the conclusion that I have not described what my present employment entails. Therefore, here is a brief the form of a self interview.

Q: So what do you do?
A: I am an engineer

Q: So your an engineer; Isn't there many kinds of engineers? and which one are you?
A; Yes there are, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, etc. I am a mechanical engineer, primarily an engine development engineer for Husqvarna.

Q: Husqvarna? Do you work on motorcycles?
A: No, no no, Although Husqvarna did make motorcycles, the motorcycle name was sold a few years back, and I think that BMW now owns the Husquvarna motorcycle name (not sure).

Q: Well if you do not work on motorcycles what do you do?
A: I design two stroke engines for use in outdoor power equipment, you know trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, etc.

Q: Design two stroke engines? do you work on engines like a mechanic?
A: No, although in the normal routine of the design phase it requires building engines for testing and development I am not a mechanic.

Q: Again what then do you do?
A: Ok ok, the short version is I use experience, knowledge, and a sound understanding of the fundamentals of combustion and the mechanics of physics to turn heat release through internal combustion into work accomplished by a machine to make yard work a little easier.

Oh, OK...