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Linnaean classification inconvenientia socialiter
Habitat Worldwide, but favouring human communities
Height 1.65m (6.98 yards)
Weight 16 micrograms (170fl. oz)
Hobbies Anything not involving human contact

The engineer (inconvenientia socialiter) is a small bipedal humanoid, characterised by its buckteeth, thick glasses, professionally vacant stares, and a perpetual scowl. Opinions differ as to where this species originated, as they are believed to be a parasitical creature that are naturally attracted to communities where things are working smoothly, and survive by creating complex arrangements where they become apparently essential to the workings of that community.

Engineers are known to have underdeveloped hindquarters, although zoologists are still uncertain whether this is a genetic adaptation to their habitat or simply atrophy from lack of use. Engineers have whiffly noses which are highly attuned to the smell of approaching carnivorous deadlines. Engineers are easily house-trained and make great pets, but don't expect them to play with your children, unless your children are made of wires. They suffer from hunch backs due to the many hours spent in cubicles.

Engineers are a strange specimen who ensure your roof does not fall on your head, they do this by ensuring any structural stability is promptly removed. Their favourite way of doing this is by destroying any supporting members in a building, usually with an axe or dead beaver.

Social structure[edit]

An engineers attempt to attract a mate.

While engineers are typically fond of beautiful females, they understand them by far less than any variant of the human male. For this reason, engineers generally have much fear of these elusive creatures. One piece of evidence is seen when female models come to pose in front of exotic automobiles. Notice that all automotive engineers have fled from the car they created in fear of having to look the model in her eyes, evident in photographs of women posing in front of cars, but never in the presence of an engineer. There have yet to be any documented cases of a female marrying an engineer. In a survey conducted in 2010 in Boulder, Colorado, 92 of 100 women who went on a date with an engineer said they did not enjoy the lectures on multivariable calculus during the dates. The other 8 women said their date saw either a segway or aerodynamic road bicycle and chased after it.[1]

The only 2 engineers to marry were found in the United States and South Africa. In one rare incident, a man in Tacoma, Washington married his 1994 Toyota Camry 4 door, and another engineer in Cape Town married a washing machine.

Engineers tend to have severe mental problems and disabilities, ironically making them exceptional at Mathematics, Physics, Rocket Science, and various "Smart people" things but generally retarded at basic common sense, and social skills. Most engineers come standard with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Autism Sevant, or Asperger's Syndrome.

Engineer's integration into society is one of 'submissive parasitism': though engineers lack the creative resolve to intuit reality from non-existent evidence which geologists excel at, engineers can enrich geo-fantasies with data and analysis in the hope of a reward, perhaps additional computational resources or a better selection of those green engineering pads in the supply cabinet. Usually though, this behaviour is known to other pack members and the engineer rarely escapes unnoticed.

An increasing number of 'Engineers' are self-styled and the result of an obsession to join the very popular and largely superfluous 'Engineering Fraternity'. To qualify as one of these 'new generation' engineers, one needs only to add the word 'Engineer' after any job title. There are no restrictions and is typically limited only to the imagination. Some popular and common examples include: Waste Disposal Engineer (garbage dump attendant), Mechanical Engineer (grease monkey), Electrical Engineer (sparky), Aerospace Engineer (contraption inventor), Maintenance Engineer (janitor), Safety Engineer (cross-walk attendant), Production Engineer (factory worker), Livestock Processing Engineer (slaughterhouse gun-man), Stock Control Engineer (shelf packer), Petroleum Engineer (Excel Spreadsheet Operator), Mining Engineer (Sandbox Enthusiast), Domestic Engineer (housewife or househusband), and Operating Engineer (Unionized migrant laborer.)

Engineers are rarely found in the presence of any other animals, and generally fear human contact. When forced to, engineers will group together and exhibit meagre signs of friendship, though it is generally believed that this is strictly a survival instinct, and that no engineer actually wants to be friends with anybody other than their calculator.


Despite appearing intelligent, recent discoveries show that engineers merely act intelligent due to their massive inferiority complex (instituted at undergraduate level). Engineer's have the same mathematical background as Accountants but without the wit, charm or charisma.

The engineer has an underdeveloped recognition and understanding of the English language, especially grammar and spelling. They are confused by punctuation. For example, the leading engineer Sir Lord Professor Chris Wise once wrote:

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However, they will get upset if you use i.e. instead of e.g. in their presence. This could be due to the distress caused by company rather than their overdeveloped anal retention. Nonetheless, this attention to detail is somewhat desirable. When an engineer is wrong, your car will explode. No wonder they are so drearily serious.


The engineers natural habitat.

In the wild, engineers are most commonly found roaming the forgotten bypasses of the Information Superhighway, much like this one. At night, they are often found attempting to sneak into vacant office buildings and test facilities. Much like raccoons, engineers are not desirable late night visitors. They generally tend to fill their nest with shiny objects such as empty beer bottles, CDs, DVDs, and pocket protectors.

No recorded captive breeding of engineers has taken place. For that matter, there is no record of any engineers breeding, ever. At all. However, once captured in the wild, they have been successfully raised in Cubicle Farms on a steady diet of coffee and Thai food.

When taken out of their natural habitat, Engineers become very wild and are prone to acting out. This is seen in gratuitous alcohol consumption and general anti-social behaviour. They will occasionally gather in packs no greater than the numerical equivalent of the square root of the energy in joules required to stare blankly at a computer screen most of the day in a state of semi-consciousness, happily calling this a 'day's work', plus the number of cups of bad coffee drank times smoke breaks, divided by 1000. Usually 4 or 5, but larger gatherings can sometimes number up to 6.

Unfortunately most engineers either realise their existence is surplus to the world's requirements or simply can't comprehend their own existence, so many lack the self awareness and depth of soul to do anything more than throw feces at other office workers or neighbours, often even themselves.

Engineers believe that the Ritualistic Sacrifice of a building or other public asset every decade or so, through it collapse, will bring about a new age where they will be able to exhibit Charisma. There is much confusion amongst members of the public who mistakenly believe structural collapse, even when minor, is the result of incompetence or hubris of the engineer.


Engineers are descended from geologists and are one of the few living examples of 'backwards evolution'. Some say that removing all reasoning skills, common-sense, relevant and useful intelligence and all social and communication skills from a Geologist will usually result in the creation of a true 'Engineer'. However, this ignores the fact that typical engineers can actually do mathematics, whereas geologists are better known for their ability to drink beer and eat granola bars. Simultaneously. Thus their entry criteria differ.

Life cycle[edit]

An engineer in it's larval form, often known as an engineering student, or Engie.

Engineers in their larval form, or Engineering Students, are the young, developing engineer. They spend many hours on Uncyclopedia, getting drunk and watching Star Trek. These future engineers also spend much of their time unwashed, except when doing the latter of the above. It is also a fact that In their first few years of life, student engineers are amongst the laziest, most apathetic people on the planet, even more so than gypsies.

Student engineers often have heated battles with medical and humanities students. To this date, the "engies" have managed to defeat these students in almost every battle, including the annual pubcrawls where many items have been stolen. This includes multiple police hats, a duck, and a complete hot water system, and the annual tug of war across the local polluted river system. Unfortunately it is of little consequence who ultimately wins this battle as they are all still, sad to say, students.

Freshman students often transform into engineers after wandering into buildings at their college campus at night after heavy drinking. Typically 5 to 6 years later, they will emerge from the same building they were last seen entering. Approximately 30% survive the gestation period, the remaining 70% can usually be found either in business schools or bars, sometimes both. Outside of the engineering building (the nest) student engineers are easily recognized when they leave the building as they travel in herds of other engineers and make jokes that no one outside of the group understands.

Largely fuelled by beer, the Engie is largely capable of completing the course with almost no actual work/study, owing to the fact that someone is always capable of obtaining the answers to all the set assignments from a previous years student organisation. Legend has it that there once existed a student that actually knew how to do the work that was set out, and this knowledge has been passed down the generations. It is thought a forward error correction was used whereby systematically generated redundant data (also known as an error-correcting code) is added to the message coupled with the use of soft-decision algorithms. However, it is not known whether anyone knows what this is, even engineers, thus the method of transference of information between engineers is currently unknown. Attempts have been made to make contact with engineers but communication has proven difficult.

Engineering students are typically seriously pissed off, due to having more school work than they thought humanly possible, however much of this can be contributed to excessive alcohol consumption. Weed out classes are typically so difficult that only the truly socially awkward and shy can excel, due to never being invited to social events where alcohol is permitted, in effect producing true engineers.

Natural predators[edit]

One of the longest on-going feuds in our history is between engineers and industrial designers and/or landscape architects. While engineers analyze real world issues and limitations while designing out of practicality, art people usually come in and essentially express their immediate emotions by designing something to "look pretty" that defies all laws of physics. Then, the artist gives a drawing of a small 2 door car with monster truck wheels and a 2 inch tall windshield and kindly requests the engineer to "make this work". Now, wouldn't you be pissed off if you had to make an abstract science-defying art piece work?

Landscape architects typically will ruin a civil engineer's work. After many months of planning a street intersection in a major city, a landscape architect comes in and puts in some nice and pretty obstructions so motorists can't see where they need to, everybody dies in the intersection, and the civil engineer is blamed. So, the anger engineers experience towards artists is justified.

Engineers in popular culture[edit]

A fictionalisation of an engineer in popular culture. Unfortunately due to the low production values of this show, the graffiti in the background was unable to be removed.

The terms "engineers" and "popular" are mutually exclusive, because they tend to bite when handled by any human (now limited to well-meaning animal breeders and environmental activists). The only way to even fake some trace of crossover is for some media elitist to step in and blatantly make something up. Writers only attempt to portray engineers if the very last shreds of originality have been clawed to teeny confetti bits, but it has been known to happen, as shown by the following cases:

Star Trek[edit]

Star Trek is famous for its unrealistic, but very exciting, portrayal of engineers. In fact, nearly 83% of engineering students claim that they chose to pursue their specialty with the assumption that after passing their PEng exam, they'd be assigned to a starship (NCC class or higher) and would spend their remaining days reporting warp core status to smooth, attractive captains or having sex with a diverse array of alien life forms. These engineers are incredibly disappointed to learn that their "captains" are mediocre managers who were promoted so the company wouldn't have to clean up their engineering. Even worse, it's uncommon for a real engineer to have sex with anyone but himself.


This 2001 film starred pop singer Mariah CareyMariah Carey as an ambitious young biochemical engineer, despite Drew Carey being a more believable look for this character. The main character leaves her woodland forest home to see if a human will adopt her and possibly provide a tiny car for her to drive around and take apart, but throughout the course of the movie learns an important lesson about self-introspection in the face of oppressive socialites. The film was a critical success, earning 4.6 Academy Awards, including one for "Best Stripper Pole Dance Scene". Unfortunately theater and DVD sales were dismal; aside from about 240 people scattered around a few small Eastern European nations, no one saw this movie.

Neal Stephenson's Novels[edit]

Many of Stephenson's characters are engineers. Prominent examples include Waterhouse in Cryptonomicon, who is realistically fashion-impaired and emotionally clueless, but somehow still manages to be a sympathetic character. The great Hooke (in the Baroque Cycle) is disparaged by some (including Newton) as a mere mechanic, a forerunner of engineers. In fact, Hooke's love of whoring about and quaffing of quicksilver may be good evidence of the ancestral link joining engineers to a primitive common ancestor of geologists and engineers, perhaps a band of syphilitic alchemists. Like the band of brothers that soared from Abre in Anathem, engineers are grubby, smelly, paranoid -- and educable.


  1. The engineer, on the other hand, couldn't understand how he suddenly managed to get 100 dates.

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