"What I thought engineering is like and what it actually is like." No doubt some of you have seen this image. I don't doubt that engineering is not what most people envision it to be which is working with one's hands to build stuff but I do question whether how much of engineering is like the bottom part of the above images. My brother wants to study mechanical engineering thinking he can build stuff with his hands and the like day in and day out. No doubt he, like many other youth, have been given the wrong impression of engineering by attempts of various groups to get kids interested in engineering. It seems almost like a bait and switch when those kids decide to major in engineering then get pounded with math and math and math before getting any interesting hands on projects. I plan to study bioengineering so I envision that it wouldn't be so much like the above images as, say, a computer engineer but given the amount of math, calculations and planning involved, I wouldn't be shocked by such a reality of crunching the numbers, reading publications, working with LaTeX, etc. Have such realizations of the true nature of engineering put you off it?