No more than not being able to drift in anything is a sign you're not cut out for it. This idea that all engineers are "wired" to be engineers sounds so fatalistic! Some people might have more of a passion for it than others, but that doesn't always mean it's easy for them--it just means they're more willing to put in the work.Keepcalm wrote: ↑Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:09 amIs not being able to drift a sign that maybe someone is not cut out for engineering? It seems like a field that you either have it wired in you or you don't.msk wrote: ↑Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:54 am Cruising through a degree course, any degree. My experience at a top university: The entire student body is composed of students who were in the top 5% of their high school classes. Some worked very hard to achieve that, some drifted all the way through high school but were talented enough to end up there anyway. At university, some end up in the top 10% of their degree classes, some in the bottom 10%. The top 10% are both talented and work extremely seriously. The bottom 10% all drift through. The middle 80% have an almost random distribution, some hard working, some drifting. If your buddy has a hard time with calculus, he can't afford to drift. I never found that I had to "work" at calculus or most of the maths courses; attending all lectures and doing the assignments was enough to get As and a sprinkling of Bs. I had to work at, e.g. quantum electrodynamics and similar esoterica. Your buddy is not talented enough to drift through, and it's time he acknowledges that. I suspect similar situations occur even in the Faculty of Music or whatever.
It sounds like your friend has a passion for certain aspects of engineering! And is relatively successful at what he does. If he thinks he wants to be an M.E., he shouldn't worry about not being "wired" for it. We make our own wiring.