Monday, June 15, 2009

FUNdamentals -- From the Engineering Phrase Book

To understand engineers you have to realize that they speak a different language...

DEVELOPED AFTER YEARS OF INTENSIVE RESEARCH - Discovered it by accident.

PROJECT SLIGHTLY BEHIND ORIGINAL SCHEDULE DUE TO UNFORSEEN DIFFICULTIES - We decided to work on something else.

THE DESIGNS ARE WELL WITHIN ALLOWABLE LIMITS - I hope they don't check our figures.

OUR CUSTOMERS WILL BE VERY SATISFIED - We're so far behind schedule that they'll be happy to get anything at all.

CLOSE PROJECT COORDINATION - This project's a mess... Let's spread the responsibility around.

WE'LL FINALIZE THE DESIGN IN THE COMING WEEK - We haven't started the job yet.

WE'RE TRYING A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT APPROACHES - We don't have a clue about how to do this.

TEST RESULTS WERE EXTREMELY GRATIFYING - Someone leaned on the right button.

WE'RE TAKING A FRESH APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM - We just hired three new guys; maybe they can figure it out.

PRELIMINARY OPERATIONAL TESTS ARE INCONCLUSIVE - It never occurred to us that it might blow up.

DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, WE HAVE TO ABANDON THE PROJECT - The only guy who understood the thing quit.

MODIFICATIONS ARE UNDERWAY TO CORRECT CERTAIN MINOR DIFFICULTIES - We subcontracted the project.

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