A hundred years ago the average person was lucky to have an elementary
school education and only a very few fortunate people had the luxury of a
There was no degree requirement for most jobs until about the middle of
this century when it was possible for employers to choose between "degreed
and un-degreed" people. Most engineers of that era got their training as
apprentices and college degrees for the masses didn't become a reality
until after WWII, when the GI Bill made that a possibility.
My mother was an elementary school teacher who only had a HS diploma and
training at the teacher's "normal" school. I have known many brilliant
"Professional" people who barely had a HS education, no less a college
degree. Such a person was called "self educated".
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > My Great Grandfather from the same era was known as "Engineer" also
> > and I would be very interested in the answers received. He held various
> > titles such as "Chief Engineer", "Steam Engineer", and worked at
> > Eclipse Machine Co. in Elmira Heights, New York. Does anyone know if
> > this would require a degree?
> > Gwen Mecum Hunt
> > email@example.com
> > At 07:23 PM 4/23/97 -0400, you wrote:
> > >Hi Folks!
> > >Circa 1875 and later, would the occupation of "Engineer" have been a
> > >generic, catch-all type of job classification ( like a "Mr. Fix It" )
> > would it have been specific to a certain trade, etc?
> > | Gwen (Mecum) Hunt |
> > |firstname.lastname@example.org _________|
> An Engineer working for a maching company would have been a technician
> skilled in machining technologies. A Steam Engineer would need to have
> been certified in Steam technology. A college education would be
> KUHNIE the COON hunter