Having an engineering degree is a huge accomplishment. It means you’ve spent countless hours learning in the classroom and even more hours at home completing homework, studying, and designing projects. It can be quite a shock entering the workplace for the first time, especially when you learn that not all the skills required for success are taught in the classroom. Below, we take a look at three pivotal skills required for a successful engineering career.
To become a successful engineer in the workplace, communication is key. Engineering can be complicated; therefore, it can be difficult to explain to outside parties as well. Having a solid background in effective communication will help tremendously.
Both your oral and written communication skills should be sharp. While sometimes you may be communicating with fellow engineers, often you will not. Sometimes, you will be required to write detailed explanations about the inner workings of a system. When writing, engineers should be detailed and process oriented to demonstrate full comprehension of the work. This means you need to understand and communicate the principles or steps behind the engineering to a person that might not have a scientific or technical background. When presenting orally, communication should be clear, concise, and most importantly, confident.
Engineering work in itself can be a very independent job, but a team of engineers is always required to successfully complete a project. Being able to work together is essential to having a successful career. People will have different ideas and techniques for completing projects. Understanding differences and accepting them will make the overall project that much more successful.
Teamwork also requires that you have some flexibility. Projects often require a give-and-take approach to be able to accomplish the end goal. In the end, working on a team of like-minded engineers can be educational and rewarding.
While engineers clearly learn time management in school with their heavy loads of coursework, time management can take on a whole new role in the workplace. In a typical engineering career, you will not only have to satisfy the needs and demands of the project doing the actual engineering work, but you might also be required to fulfill other administrative or policy-based tasks. Learning to appropriately balance the workload is pivotal to success. Not only will great time management skills make you a more efficient worker, it will help lead to reduced stress and overall happiness.
We understand that what makes a successful engineer isn't always detailed in a letter grade or on a transcript. Having great interpersonal skills helps tremendously in the workplace. At Gausman & Moore, we house a variety of engineering disciplines and understand that teamwork and communication is the glue that holds us together. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our open positions on our Careers page.