[lpi-discuss] General comments on LPI levels
mark.miller at lpi.org
Wed Sep 14 16:01:34 EDT 2005
On Wed, 2005-09-14 at 13:21 -0400, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> Having little
> consensus on such terms offers strong support for dispensing with them
> altogether, in favour of a numbering scheme for the "official" names.
And yet I'm sure that business types and HR people see terms like LPIC-X
and have no clue about what it means to them. More human terminology may
be useful in these cases.
There are Sanitary Engineers and Field Service Engineers. Neither is an
engineer and neither is confused with a professional engineer in a job.
I don't know about Sanitary Engineers but in my experience Field Service
Engineers are indeed respected not for a degree (which many do have) but
for their practical experience. In my mind a Certified Linux Engineer is
a person highly qualified in the application of Linux skills in the real
world as opposed to an academic or an engineer sitting in a cube farm
planning for the way it is supposed to be. I can tell you a hundred
horror stories about how the engineers just KNEW that the system could
diagnose itself so the techs wouldn't need to be able to look at the
signals on the connections and how they failed to leave room to actually
remove of install something. I even had one come to me and ask how I
might work on a transmitter. I asked immediately how much weight the
doors we were supposed to stand on could hold and was told proudly
300lbs. Trouble was the transmitter weight 175lbs and required two
150lbs people to lift it out! So we would have had to go get a
maintenance stand and his precious doors were now in our way!
There is no magic in the term engineer and if we desire more human names
then we should not shy away from the term.
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