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Mark_Wallace wrote:
I did metalwork in school (school school, not uni)
The problem with universities is that there is too much theory and too little pratice.

A cousin of mine turned 18 (the driving age in Norway) the spring before he went to University for Mechanical Engineering studies. So before summer vacation, he got himself an old VW Beetle. Then he covered his family's lawn with a sheet of plastic where he could draw numbered squares (and another plastic sheet to pull over it in case of rain), and started to dismantle the Beetle into pieces: Anything that could possibly be taken apart, he did take apart. Along the line, he drew between two and three hundred sketches to know how they fit together. Each piece was placed in a numbered square on the lawn, with the numbers indicated on the sketches.

At the end of summer vacation, he had both disassembled and reassembled that beetle, claiming that he would be able to fix whatever went wrong with that car. I believe him. (This happened before cars were equipped with dozens of microprocessors and all sorts of electronics.)

I think that was an excellent way to compensate for the lack of practice in his coming university studies.
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