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    As an engineer, is most of the work you do based on ideas you have already learned and applied in systems you already know of, or is most of your work based on thinking of entirely new solutions?
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    As an engineer, is most of the work you do based on ideas you have already learned and applied in systems you already know of, or is most of your work based on thinking of entirely new solutions?
    Most of the time you are modifying existing designs rather than coming up with something entirely new.

    This is because it can be very costly to verify/certify new designs and often making some changes to an existing one is more efficient.
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    (Original post by Uni12345678)
    As an engineer, is most of the work you do based on ideas you have already learned and applied in systems you already know of, or is most of your work based on thinking of entirely new solutions?
    Hey,

    This comes under the "it depends" category. If you work in research you will most likely be working on new solutions and techniques, largely expanding on previous work. If you work in industry, you could be applying a skill set, which has been taught to you, on varying applications. You could be a consultant for companies, where the systems/projects can vary significantly but it's an area you can apply your expertise or problem solve.

    It all comes down to the route you follow and the company you work for. I would agree with Smack, it seems the majority of positions rely on slight modifications opposed to full overhauls.

    Hope this helps,

    Scott
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