This is probably a weird way to memorize it, but... An engineer is handy.
I think that makes sense. I can see it. It's actually a good habit to memorize words in this way since it helps recall them faster, which drastically helps the learning process (at least in my experience).
Maybe I'm weird, but I used exactly opposite logic. Handy NOT (si). Engineer doesn't actually need to be handy, they are more theorist and designers.
There are different types of engineer. The guys who build bridges? Still engineers. Its not just design, but application as well.
That's how I remember it too :)
Much like the Arabic word مهندس (muhandis) from هندسة (handasa - engineering).
I knew this word looked familiar. For the life of me, i just couldn't remember the Arabic term! Thank you for sharing
How come it's an engineer rather than the engineer?
There is no difference. Either should be acceptable.
It depends on the context. (as usual)