Fame Techies is a professional trained in certain aspects of development and implementation of a respective area of technology. Engineering technology education is even more "applied" and less theoretical than engineering science education, though in a broad sense both have a focus on practical application. Engineering Technologists often assist professional engineers but after years of experience, they can also lead engineers. Like engineers, areas where engineering technologists work can include product design (including improvement), Innovation, and testing. Also, as with engineers, engineering technologists sometimes rise to senior management positions in industry or become entrepreneurs.
Engineering technology often overlaps with many of the same general areas as engineering (e.g. design/development, testing), but the focus is even more on application than in engineering (which is, in a somewhat different sense, also about application). Fame Techies are more likely than engineers to focus on (post-development) implementation or operation of a technology.
So, who is a Fame Techie? Fame Techies have diverse interests and multifaceted personalities, but most share these five traits:
A Fame Techie Thinks Strategy First
The first definition of “strategy” is a “plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.” Technologists favor strategies before tactics – i.e., actions and activities implemented to achieve an objective. Rather than a reflection of values, this intellectual sequence is a simple acknowledgment of the way most technologists are wired. Before they start working with technology or put technology to work, technologists step back and plan.
A Fame Techie Has a Passion for Solving Problems and a General Curiosity
Fame Techies don’t see problems as obstacles to avoid; they consider problems opportunities for solutions. Their innate curiosity leads them to confront challenges even when they are not obvious. And their willingness to take initiative drives them to explore ideas, options, and scenarios as a means of identifying and designing constructive solutions.
A Fame Techies Sees Technology in a Constructive Context
Fame Techies appreciate that, in the broadest sense, technology is a tool whose value is determined by its application for the benefit and assistance of people – whether in their personal or professional lives.
A Fame Techies Believes Tech Is about Humans, not Hardware
Fame Techies see gadgetry as solutions that serve people. No gadget has value unless it helps a customer, colleague, citizen, patient or any other type of person, a technologist may encounter during a career. Technologists believe the measure of a job well done is the benefit the technology solution brings the people who experienced the problem.
A Fame Techies Values Respect, Cooperation and Collaboration
Fame Techies maintain a positive, helpful disposition on the job and in relationships in or out of the workplace. They respect their employers’ codes of conduct, appreciate the contributions of colleagues and understand that going rogue isn’t the best way to analyze a problem, execute a strategy in a business context. This is the reason a technologist’s standards of behavior do not tolerate racism, sexism, ageism or any other approach that demeans others inside or outside an organization.