Dilbert – The Knack “The Curse of the Engineer”

I’ve been sitting here for nearly a minute without entertainment. Change the battery in the remote. The one on the left. The one on the left
? Well
that’s just spooky. Not really. I have the knack. The knack? For technology. My mom says I always have. I’m worried about little Dilbert. He’s not like other kids. What do you mean? Yesterday
I left him alone for a minute and he disassembled the TV
our clock and the stereo. That’s perfectly normal. Kids take things apart. Ooh. The part that worries me is he used the components to build a ham radio set.
00:00:40,629 –>00:00:41,630
dear. Is that bad? Normally
I’d want to run an EEG on him but the machine isn’t working. [BUZZING AND BEEPING] It’s worse than I feared. What is it? I’m afraid your son has… the knack. The knack? The knack. It’s a rare condition characterized by an extreme intuition about all things mechanical and electrical… and utter social ineptitude. Can he lead a normal life? No. He’ll be an engineer. [SOBBING] No! There
don’t blame yourself. Will it go away over time? It might
but pray it doesn’t. If an engineer loses the knack the results can be devastating. NEWSCASTER: And in further news… Thanks for filling in for our regular doctor on such short notice. I was in the neighborhood.


  1. Blagoj Delipetrev said:

    Can he have a normal life ? NO !

    July 8, 2013
  2. YouTube User #00403815 said:

    Wow! It's like we watched the same video or something. Uncanny…

    July 9, 2013
  3. Bruce Wayne said:

    Engineers are great.
    The make sentries and dispensers..

    September 29, 2013
  4. Kother Badhshah said:

    Normal life?? Where can one get to install that? 🙁
    But hey, we are endowed to solve interesting problems for the world! 🙂
    "We engineers aren't boring. We just get excited for boring things" – D. McMillan

    December 4, 2013
  5. MissWooHoo11 - BSL for American Pit Bull Terriers! said:

    engineers turn me on

    June 1, 2014
  6. The Trash Child said:

    The Doctor sounds like the same VA who voiced Brain from Pinky and the Brain.

    July 13, 2014
  7. liverpooler1997 said:

    Dilbert later got raped by Case Western Reserve University, achieving a 2.1 GPA. 

    October 8, 2014
  8. Tim Carpenter said:

    As an engineer, I love it!!!  I hope I don't lose the knack!

    October 21, 2014
  9. awesomedude4438 said:

    13 people aren't engineers

    October 24, 2014
  10. Tree And a Duck said:

    no knack still an engineer

    October 26, 2014
  11. Protoss said:

    I'm an engineer, a verry bad one, don't think this is for me, but I finish the university and now…. i want to be a doctor

    October 26, 2014
  12. Lanzer said:

    i once had the nack but i lost it, now i am nacked

    October 26, 2014
  13. Rémy Abuaita said:


    October 26, 2014
  14. Sam Smith said:

    I'm an Engineer and I still cannot relate. 

    October 27, 2014
  15. jaiitup said:

    maybe if i had the knack, getting my engineering degree would have been easier.

    November 4, 2014
  16. Subtle Desensitizer said:

    lol @ engineer shaming

    November 21, 2014
  17. Steve Korn said:

    Before, I couldn't spell Engineer. Now I ARE one.

    December 11, 2014
  18. Andrew Frazer said:

    If they loose the knack, they become sales people. 

    December 13, 2014
  19. JRad said:

    "…and other social ineptitude" LOL

    December 21, 2014
  20. zappa73 said:


    January 13, 2015
  21. Enatbyte said:

    My engineering professor showed this to our class today. It was pretty great seeing everyone's reactions.

    January 23, 2015
  22. Henry Ayres said:

    I lost "The Knack" for a bit but got back to my roots and got it back…

    March 3, 2015
  23. Swythe Quirksettle said:

    My Maker Freinds should watch this.

    March 25, 2015
  24. Hiram Abiff From Sirius said:

    I built a brilliant career around the knack.

    April 21, 2015
  25. andyt1313 said:

    Engineering: where the noble, semi-skilled laborers execute the vision of those who think and dream. Hello, Oompa Loompas of science!

    April 26, 2015
  26. Buumba Gwanama said:

    its worse than I thought, hes gat de knack lolz

    June 6, 2015
  27. Uday Kumar said:

    Will he lead a normal life?
    No, He will be an engineer. 😀 Amazing

    July 24, 2015
  28. TDC Chandler said:

    I also have the knack

    August 28, 2015
  29. Julius Godinez said:

    hahah men

    September 3, 2015
  30. Bernie Pavlick said:

    I am looking for who posted the Dilbert video the knack curse of the engineer. Thanks

    October 21, 2015
  31. Internet Grandad said:

    My dad

    November 21, 2015
  32. Quavos said:

    Not sure if Patrick Warburton… or pretending to be Patrick Warburton…

    January 6, 2016
  33. S. Steve Adkins said:

    When working on the Polaris Nuclear Submarine (Lafayette-class SSBN 617), four of us were dockside due to a hydraulic leak (common). Someone asked, "Would you recommend to your son to become and engineer?" All said, "No!"

    January 29, 2016
  34. StarShade said:

    It is funnier when you realize the "doctor" is the garbage man.

    March 4, 2016
  35. the mad said:

    a perfect satire of the complicated (and tedious), business world, the comic has a brilliant humor, but the cartoon version, have a one better and direct.

    June 16, 2016
  36. Siddhant Jindal said:

    is IT a blessing or curse for Bengaluru !!!!????

    June 20, 2016
  37. Neonajarin said:

    I still don't understand why the show was canceled when the comic is still funny.

    July 29, 2016
  38. Ap Ex said:

    Why am I commenting on this video I should be listening what the professor is talking about

    September 5, 2016
  39. Tsarevna Hilda said:

    it's called aspergers

    September 25, 2016
  40. TheAlihano said:

    Daniel Stern voiced Dilbert

    October 29, 2016
  41. TheAlihano said:

    Why doesn't Dilbert ever smile?

    October 29, 2016
  42. eradeziel said:

    I'm an engineer, this tickles 🙂

    November 22, 2016
  43. Dogbert Dick said:


    February 8, 2017
  44. Henrik Magnusson said:

    I have the opposite, "The Break", meaning I'm basically hopeless with anything of a practical or useful nature. So I became an artist instead.

    March 6, 2017
  45. Colin Moodie said:

    Lachlan Moodie

    June 20, 2017
  46. Federico Bertagna said:

    This is PURE GENIUS. I see this once a day

    August 2, 2017
  47. john f brown said:

    Just had my biography Run by me ! THE KNACK. it even did a part where I fixed our t.v. Made me shiver at the accuracy of it all and the predictions about it ever being curable. Fortunately I have never needed the cure,still loving being incurable at 66 !

    October 18, 2017
  48. Downtown Indy said:

    I'm an engineer but I always wanted to be a quantum mechanic.  Quantum mechanics eat steak!http://w3.uwyo.edu/~sommer/Chem4507/handouts/bob-qm-school.gif

    December 23, 2017
  49. Lurker1979 said:

    I have a engineer friend and he agrees with this.

    February 18, 2018
  50. john f brown said:

    A good friend of mine had kept this "The Knack" for months awaiting the opportunity to give it to me ,he said quite rightly,I found a small documentary about You ! I couldn't believe how accurate he was !

    February 24, 2018
  51. ƬψƬΩiiXinnex said:

    This cartoon is great. So splendid, relaxing and smooth.

    April 5, 2018
  52. Jason b said:

    Oh Dear!😄

    April 18, 2018
  53. Darius Scorobete said:

    One of our professors showed this to us at a lecture ^_^

    April 20, 2018
  54. Jareth The Goblin King said:

    Jeez who the heck is this garbage man?

    June 22, 2018
  55. tolfan said:

    When I saw the title I thought it was going to be dilbert meets an 80s rock group you know the Knack

    June 30, 2018
  56. Dirty South said:

    Too bad the creator of dilbert is an alt-right lunatic.

    July 8, 2018
  57. therasheck said:

    As a child of and engineer, whose best friends father is also and engineer, and whose wife's father is and engineer I fully endorse this. P.S.My wife is the one with the knack in my family… but I can do cartoon voices (sigh…)

    July 8, 2018
  58. NORMAL COAT said:


    July 9, 2018
  59. 18Wheeler said:

    More like THE KNACK 2 BABY

    July 10, 2018
  60. Mr. King Kitty said:

    These abnormal people are what makes the world go round.

    July 12, 2018
  61. drkinferno72 said:

    Is it bad I always thought dogberts niose was his mouth

    July 14, 2018
  62. casesusa said:

    Why is his necktie on viagra?

    July 15, 2018
  63. Angelo Ferreira said:


    July 16, 2018
  64. Guy Crew said:

    My favorite part of this scene is right after it cuts off here it shows to doctor putting on the garbage man's hat meaning the garbage man has been a part of Dilbert's life longer than we thought.

    July 17, 2018
  65. jim ewok said:

    as an engineer … this hurts

    July 17, 2018
  66. anonygent said:

    I remember this episode well. This is the set-up for later in the show when Dilbert loses "the knack" and wreaks destruction on the planet. Civilization is saved at the last moment when Dilbert launches a rocket to push a communications satellite back into its proper orbit and everyone starts getting cell phone calls again.

    July 18, 2018
  67. tifforo1 said:

    In the comics, his mom is more tech-savvy than he is.

    July 18, 2018
  68. Al Cd said:

    The doctor is also Dilbert's garbageman. He also delivered Dilbert.

    July 20, 2018
  69. Cobeoe said:

    Wasn't this on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network

    July 21, 2018
  70. Zoras88 said:

    How did a garbage man get a medical degree?

    July 21, 2018
  71. AN on said:

    Dilbert make me depressed

    July 21, 2018
  72. Jarid Williams said:

    utter social ineptitude, accurate

    July 22, 2018
  73. Arkham Knight said:

    Well, at least the cartoon is just as boring as the comics. Dilbert can get it right, why can't other shows?

    July 22, 2018
  74. Ay Ay said:

    Don't worry Bois!
    The engineer,

    Is engihere.

    July 22, 2018
  75. Ray Conger said:

    "TOTAL social ineptitude." And I've LOST the knack. Welcome to my midlife crisis.

    July 29, 2018
  76. Sciurus Hound Alpha said:

    This is how engineers are born.

    August 5, 2018
  77. Safeguard Prime said:

    The Garbage man…. Dilbert's version of Dr. Who

    August 7, 2018
  78. Reading And Northern 425 The Average Train said:

    I think i have the Knack To 😛

    August 13, 2018
  79. Tim Howard said:

    I can't escape the knack…

    August 15, 2018
  80. Cobeoe said:

    I want that neck I really do

    August 15, 2018
  81. Sylvia Else said:

    My managers believed that my ability to fix stuff that defeated other people indicated that I had knowledge that I was keeping to myself rather than sharing with the team. It's enough to make an engineer tear her hair out.

    August 16, 2018
  82. serpico said:

    seriously dilbert is the truth! xD

    August 18, 2018
  83. Jennifer Halliwell said:

    Him sitting there swinging his legs is hilarious! ANd when he fixes the machine as the Doctor is saying its broken! LMAO!!!

    August 22, 2018
  84. John Mayo said:

    "The Knack" pays my bills!

    August 31, 2018
  85. Thomas Lecky said:

    My first class prof showed us engineering students this vid at the beginning of our first lecture

    September 6, 2018
  86. Ray Conger said:

    "… total social ineptitude…"

    October 1, 2018
  87. Joaquin Fabrega said:

    I love it. Sincerely, an engineer

    October 18, 2018
  88. davidrebi123 said:

    history of michael scofield

    November 10, 2018
  89. Mr. Eight-Three-One said:

    I work as an engineer and my coworkers told me to watch this since they thought I would find it funny. I didn't expect to be watching my backstory in cartoon form.

    December 14, 2018
  90. John Petrov said:

    True story folks. My dad owns an air compressor and one day he was using it in another room, I could hear it acting up a little bit. I knew something wasn't right and I had my phone with me so I Googled the symptoms with the model number. I found a forum post about a specific point of failure that affected that specific compressor, so I found a replacement part online for cheap and placed an order. Six months later, my dad invited me to go shopping with him for a new compressor. "What's wrong with the old one?" "It runs continuously without stopping and overheats the motor." Then I remembered I bought that part. It was still sitting in the shipping package. So I found that and went to listen to his compressor. "Your pressure transducer is shot. I bought another one online a while back. I'll just install this now." He was so dazed from this information that he thought maybe I was mixing things up. He said the problem only just started that day, and he never brought it up with me before. Nevertheless, in under and hour his compressor was working about. Saved him around 400 bucks. To this day he still doesn't know what to think of that.

    December 17, 2018
  91. Q said:

    I have a theiry that the garbage man is a time traveler sent back to make sure dilbert does something important that changes the world. Sort of a “time continuity” thing.

    December 21, 2018
  92. Rohan Kotwani said:


    January 26, 2019
  93. Adil Al Awadhi said:

    Engineers can be anyone, but not everyone can be an engineer.

    January 26, 2019
  94. Liz Drotar said:

    If little dilbert loses the knack then of course he would be messing around

    February 6, 2019
  95. cat_randomness said:

    Knack Baybeee

    February 10, 2019
  96. Kathy Weber said:

    As a Ham Radio Operator…. this is hilarious!

    March 21, 2019
  97. animagi said:

    that doctor is like a white morgan freeman, what a soothing voice

    May 2, 2019
  98. Andrew Cahaly said:

    "If an engineer loses the knack, the results can be devastating."
    Yes indeed, they go to marketing.

    June 19, 2019
  99. Matthew Haslam said:

    Those who left engineering went to psychology majors in college.

    August 27, 2019
  100. Ali Qazilbash said:

    Hahaha 🙌

    September 7, 2019

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