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Irvingjoined April 26, 2016

posted Saturday, July 29, 2017 | 10:42 am PDT

As an electronics/mechanical/software engineer with some 35+y experience I still enjoy making things that work.  I'm using Systemvision and other cloud tools to teach/mentor/support A-level (year 11/12), BSc and MSc students but it saddens me that so many of the BSc and MSc students, having done physics at A-level and physics and/or electrical engineering at degree level have so little real-world experience.  Only a small proportion have actually had the physical experience of designing and building a circuit with real parts, soldering and testing it.  It is really concerning that a "Mechatronics" degree has no practical mechanical or electronics content but is purely theoretical.

Simulation has its place and I really like it, but building things for real teaches the subtleties that a simulation won't necessarily throw up.  Or am I an old fuddy-duddy?



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Simulation is for the perfect world.

I have a Degree in Network system administration, but also have a background in electronics. Simulations are good for PERFECT work expectations. But nothing really ends up in the perfect work, sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. One example that comes to mind is during my time at school we used Cisco's "Packet Tracer" to simulate a network, but when you used actual hardware nothing went the way it was suppose to. That is why I love BOTH Simulation and actual hands on.