That makes me think of "The Big Bang Theory" (the TV sitcom, not the beginning of the universe) ... the way Sheldon and the other PhDs talk down to Howard because he "Only has a Masters"...
I agree that saying you're a "Controls Technician" wouldn't convey much to most people ... if you say you "play with robots" (whether its true or not) people won't give you funny looks anymore...
...unless, of course, you are a devote of shorts combined with knee-length black socks and sandals, in which case all bets are off... :-)
I'm a tech and not an engineer, or course where I work about the only difference between the "Controls Techs" and the "Controls Engineer's" is pay grade. When people ask what I do I tell them I get to play all day with machines. I get some funny looks but its half true. Saying I'm a "Controls Tech" gets blank stares
anymore I just tell people that I listen to their digital radio and cell phone conversations, encrypted or non encrypted, it's a much funnier blank stare in my opionion.
I do analog/digital radio RF design from DC to daylight BTW so I'm not that far off in my statements.
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