How do you know you’re a chemical engineer?

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Oh no, I think I’m turning into a chemical engineer. I just read through this list to the very end, all the while thinking, “This list is way too long – typical engineers,” only to see Mark’s comment at the end:

You know you are a chemical engineer if you’ve actually read this whole message beginning to end!
And this excessively long list is “an abridged and edited” sample from the original, which is apparently hosted on the website of Newcastle University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Materials, but life really is too short to go there and check it out.
Here’s the first ten:
You might be a chemical engineer if:

• You have a favorite pump manufacturer.

• You can quote scenes from any Monty Python movie.

• You can size distillation columns in your head but need a pencil and paper to figure the tip on a $45 restaurant bill… and think that spending $45 for dinner is exorbitant.

• You see a good design and still have to change it.

• You can remember seven computer passwords but not your anniversary.

• You know who invented Jell-O.

• The microphone or projector at a meeting doesn’t work and you rush up to the front to fix it.

• You’ve actually used every single function on your graphing calculator.

• You stare at an orange juice container because it says concentrate.

• You can name six Star Trek episodes.
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One Response to How do you know you’re a chemical engineer?

  1. Robbo 27 April, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    When I was at college the story was that:
    Civil Engineers are obsessed with grout and like their data in tables.
    Mechanical engineers like formulae and Chemical Engineers like pictures.
    That’s not quite as rude as it sounds. We’re really talking about graphs.

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