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Those Unfortunate Men In The Land Of The Free

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-           The majority of the classifieds do not ask for the engineering skills; they ask for   the formal knowledge of the accepted tools. Computational Fluid Dynamics ( CFD), for instance, is a method    of solving the   Navier- Stokes equations of the moving fluid and   as such can be performed   by using   many different tools. FLUENT is one of such tools. The classified though would much more frequently ask for   the   knowledge of FLUENT than for the experience in CFD. That seems   practical; the   employer had adopted FLIUENT as a tool and wants someone to   use it.   At the same time,    the employer does not   ask for a capability of understanding where   FLUENT should be used and where --not. In sorts the employer would have published a request for a   monkey   which had been taught how to push certain buttons.


There is a legend    on how   Albert Einstein was admitted to the US.   Among other things he    had   to answer some trivial questions:


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-           What is the capital of the state of Alabama?


-           I don't remember,- said Albert, "but I am sure that the geographical atlas   has this info."

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-           Where is the Mason- Dixon line?


-           I don't remember,- said Albert, "but I am sure that the book on the US history     has this info."


And so on and so on. Einstein sincerely did not understand   why a person would remember such things;   his point of view was that a person should know where to   find such information if needed.   I   echo him; it is unlikely that   medieval knights could memorize what was the Holy Grail but   they sure as Hell knew where to go to find it. That is the way a true man thinks- he   tries to   maintain   the path and the goal, not the means and reference points.

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So if someone comes   to me and tells me that he/she knows FLUENT I would simply ask this person to explain to me   if he/she could solve the problem without it. That brings us to the Golden Gate   bridge.

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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