A Shortage of Engineers

A Shortage of Engineers

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
After leaving engineering school, Zack Zaremba joins the real world of engineering as he deals with an Air Force contract with impossible specs, tries to have a real life, and copes with an dysfunctional managers and fellow employees, and endless bureacracy.

McMillan Palgrave
When Zack Zaremba graduates form engineering school, he wants little more from his career than to do useful, interesting work. It is not long, however, before life becomes more complicated: He's assigned to an Air Force contract with impossibly difficult specs, $100,000-a-day late penalties, bullying managers, disgruntled coworkers, and parts that must be ordered before there's a design. When he fall fervently, passionately in love with Lilah Li, a beautiful Asian-American programmer with a whistle-blower's agenda, he realizes just how irrelevant his engineering education was in preparing him for moral choices.

Zack's coworkers include Warren Kushner, who's never had a date and draws up flowcharts of even casual phone conversations with women; Shopper Jim, engineer-for-hire, whose engineering survival rules include, "Always keep enough cardboard boxes under your desk to carry out all your stuff"; the Frenchman, who wears his clothes backward as a sign of bureaucratic defiance; and the silky smooth Wonderboy, whose corner-cutting extends from finessing the Air Force to cheating on the office contest in tiny writing.

Zack soon discovers himself covering for the incompetence and corruption of others. Middle management-the dyspeptic A Boy named Hsu, the heavily pustuled Medieval Man, sick-leave king Whispering Bill, in-business-for-himself Marv-only makes things worse. As it gradually becomes clear that the hardware can't meet the promised specs, Zack is seized in a crosscurrent of loyalties when he must decide whether to lie at a Critical Design Review. His only anchors are Lilah, her son, and the six-year-olds he volunteers to coach in soccer, a sport he's never played. As his team loses game after game, Zack struggles with the mysterious, painful, age-old task of engineering: making things work.


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& Taylor

After leaving engineering school, Zack Zaremba receives an eye-opening, firsthand look at the real world of an engineer as he deals with an Air Force contract with impossible-to-meet specs, tries to have a real life, and copes with an array of incompetent managers, disgruntled fellow employees, youthful soccer players, and endless bureaucracy.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312275549
0312275544
Characteristics: viii, 292 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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