Would you marry an engineer?

-February 08, 2013

Welcome to our 5 Engineers section, part of this blog and our Fun Friday newsletter, where we toss out a question and invite our audience to respond with their wittiest answers.

This week, love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re thinking about love and marriage.

This week we’re asking: Would you marry an engineer? And we’re using “marry” here to represent any type of committed long-term life-love relationship (long-time daters who just haven’t walked down the aisle but plan to spend their years together, this question applies to you, as well).

Presumably, if you’re reading this “5 Engineers” blog post, you’re an engineer. So the real question is, would you make a life-long commitment to someone in the same field, with the same sort of thinking, and the same general tendencies, good and bad?

For the record (and as I’ve stated before), I’m not an engineer, just someone who appreciates what you all do and participates in the community in every way she can. For lack of a better definition, I’m in media. I’m married to someone else who, for lack of a better definition, is in media. We have complementary careers and have even worked together in the past (he was my boss for a while, then I his).

Going on nine years of marriage, these similar career paths work for us. We can talk through parallel career challenges and opportunities, travel in some of the same circles and know some of the same people, and understand why when Project XYZ is nearing its due date that the other will without request have to take lead on other aspects of our life, like daycare runs and laundry duty, for example.

Of course there are days when we all wish we could escape our professions for a while and that’s hard to do when your corresponding-career partner is chatting about their latest work accomplishment.

So, would you marry an engineer? You may already be married to a fellow engineer. What are the pros and cons of such a relationship? For those out there in committed relationships with mates who are not engineers, how’s that work?

Post your short answer to the question below, or share your own question here and we’ll consider it for future 5 Engineers posts.

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