I work as an 'engineer' in a group of other 'engineers', in that the term is used as part of our job titles.
I bear no one any malice who's said this, but it has been remarked by many that I'm the only one in the team who doesn't have an actual degree in Engineering.
I feel some pity for my colleagues though, all of whom are a good bunch- as there's not a single one of us who actually does engineering, not as such. Instead, we bend existing productised solutions into something to fit a customer's requirements- but never invent or develop anything new- that's forbidden, and done by others.
It rather makes me relieved that I didn't choose a degree in engineering at Uni- I don't know if I could have stood the disappointment.
Ironically, I'm the one out of us all who spent years building the products behind the scenes before coming into this role- and now that I do, I do notice a certain contempt for the hands-on guys and what they do.
So we have 'technicians' thinking about, developing, refining and documenting the products and solutions that the 'engineers' then suggest to customers.
Across industry, this seems to be more normal than I would have believed- do any engineers these days actually delve behind the scenes to see how things really work?
I'm still struggling with this one.