There are a lot of engineering students like that. When they say they don't like math, they generally mean they don't like the pure theory after a while. Just my two cents.
I didn't like Maths in High School, I found some of it interesting, but I preferred Physics.
So far, my course has been mostly physics the only maths we've used was integration and differentiation.
The difference that made me prefer Physics over Maths, is that Physics gives you real life situations, eg: How the mass of the car effects its acceleration etc. Whereas in maths, you were given a a random string of letters and numbers and told to find x, with no known purpose to it.
I suck at math, but I like a challenge. Math is the only subject I've ever had to try in, so naturally I'm advanced by two years and plan on being some type of an engineer.
The only problem with that though, is it appears to have some parts of the equation left out. So of course he would get pissed because it is unsolvable.