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Nov 27, 2013, 05:11 AM
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Did the maker movement make the engineering degree mandatory?

In the old days, there was a novelty to someone picking up electronics on his own. It showed the ability to learn without being told what to do & the ability to be motivated without the threat of failing a class. While there were always places like Lockheed & 3D Robotics which would never touch someone without a formal engineering degree, it was not uncommon to get in elsewhere with a biology degree & a lot of design experience.

Nowadays, with the maker movement & the rise of the goo tube hacker, that doesn't seem to work anymore. It may be that they're now getting inundated with self taught engineers to the point that they need another factor to determine who wins. If the only factor was who could do the job for the least money, the lack of the degree should still allow a cost savings.

The modern self taught engineers may not be as skilled as the ones from 15 years ago, giving the whole idea a bad image. Most projects by self taught engineers certainly aren't as substantial as the old days. They tend to be copies of a wifi cantenna they got from goo tube, a real simple arduino robot, or a copy of a simple Ben Heck project. Because the crutch is there when it didn't exist 15 years ago, they automatically assume any self started project is a copy of a goo tube video.
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