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That must make me a "Water Closet Hygiene Technician", then.
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Old 13.10.2015, 09:05
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That must make me a "Water Closet Hygiene Technician", then.
I thought you were a "Assistant Resource Settlement Engineer"
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Old 13.10.2015, 09:14
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It all kind of sounds familiar, fancy titles to appease people. I don't think this is just a Swiss thing.


To be politically correct we have some good ones too:


Gardener = Garden engineer (formerly a garden boy)
Cleaning lady = Domestic engineer (formerly a maid)
House wife = Home executive
Foreman = Maintenance coordinator
And don't forget the perennial favourite and the first of the ridiculous titles that I heard: plumber = sanitary engineer.
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And don't forget the perennial favourite and the first of the ridiculous titles that I heard: plumber = sanitary engineer.


By the sounds of things, I need to refine my job search criteria.


I have been looking for a Maintenance artisan position but it seems like I should be looking for a Maintenance engineer position. What I consider a Fitter trade test certificate could well be a Diploma in mechanical engineering
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Old 13.10.2015, 12:12
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Maintenance artisan
Director of Valves?
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Old 13.10.2015, 12:22
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Director of Valves?


Not a bad option either.


And then opening and closing of basin taps must make me a "flow control technician" or a "Resource channeling specialist"
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Old 13.10.2015, 12:27
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Serious note: There are no standards for Job Titles, are there? i think the key is that it matches whatever is stated in your documentation and their records.

Anecdote: i've seen a job title of "Propaganda Minister", and another one of "AFAB" (Anything For A Buck).
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Serious note: There are no standards for Job Titles, are there? i think the key is that it matches whatever is stated in your documentation and their records.
Bigger companies generally make the distinction between:
- your hierarchical level that defines your salary and benefits
- what you actually do (or a fancy title to describe it)
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Old 13.10.2015, 12:49
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Re: Job Titles

I've actually met someone that introduced himself as F&D Executive Assistant in the Hilton Hotel in Athens. The guy was a co-worker of a friend we were doing Mech Eng together, and it turned out he was a freaking busboy and F&D = foods & drinks.


In Greece the title inflation started when companies realised that if I call someone a manager and even make him a manager, albeit with exactly the same job description as before, technically they didn't have to pay overtime because the employee now had a "managerial position".

God thank the stupid GR labour "law"...


Here I first met someone at a big company that introduced himself as a "Tender Manager" only to realise they're literally the lowest hierarchical level in the company, and that all they manage are offers to customers.


Really they don't bother me. What does bother me is everyone calling themselves or getting called "engineer".
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I thought you were a "Assistant Resource Settlement Engineer"
Or a Treated Waste Assignment Technician .
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What does bother me is everyone calling themselves or getting called "engineer".


Agreed, in my experience an Engineer has a University degree in a specific field of engineering. Anyone without a University degree is simply a technician or an artisan/tradesman.
I have a trade and 15 years of experience, but I am by no means an Engineer.
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Someone had mentioned in his CV that he had a summer job as Petroleum Transfer Engineer. Apparently, he had worked at the gas station, you see

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Agreed, in my experience an Engineer has a University degree in a specific field of engineering. . . .
An engineer can also be someone who has an oily rag. See Locomotive Engineer.
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An engineer can also be someone who has an oily rag. See Locomotive Engineer.


These titles can be so confusing, I thought the guy with the oily rag was a lubrication technician
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Re: Job Titles

Where I work a secretary became a "project manager". What does she do ? She deals with the neighbours, and that's it.

These days, everyone is a project manager.
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Project Managers are old hat.

These days you need to be a Program Manager.
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Project Managers are old hat.

These days you need to be a Program Manager.
Completely agree. Can I forward this to my Programme Manager at UBS? Will probably be too busy program managing/engineering to read it, but, who knows? Maybe it could change something?
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