Perhaps you are a good mechanical engineer who has recently graduated or started that first job. Or, maybe you are a mechanical engineer who is looking to take your good career to the next level. Whatever stage you are at in your engineering career, there is room to improve and excel at what you do!
Continue Your Education.
This first step is especially relevant to mechanical engineers who have been in the field for a few years. Whether it has been three years or 13 years since you entered the workforce, it’s a good idea to spruce up on your skills. This can be done by taking specific classes, joining professional societies, or even taking the step to get a Master’s degree. Many companies will support your mission to continue your education and may even have a program in place to facilitate it. Ask your superior what policies are in place for continuing education so you can improve your work and become an even more valuable asset to the company.
Learn the Business.
The business side of an engineering firm may not seem that interesting to you, but it should be. Being able to work with balance sheets and strategy plans adeptly is something that will certainly move you from good to great. Additionally, understanding the whole picture of how a project impacts the company is invaluable.
There are a couple of ways in which mentorship factors into excelling as a mechanical engineer. The first is being a mentee. If you are new to a company, seek out a mentor with the expertise you are looking to attain. Think about where you want to be in 5-10 years and look for someone who can provide valuable insight and advice. Now, the second way mentorship plays out is in the role of a mentor. If you’re a senior engineer or have several years of experience under your belt, consider taking on a mentee. Not only does this encourage growth and communication within your company, it also allows you to grow in your own career. While your mentee learns from your experience, they may provide you with the valuable insight of a younger person fresh out of college. It’s a win-win situation!
Network and Connect.
While you may not be actively looking for a new job to excel your career, it’s still a good idea to be connected to others in your field who are not at your company. Look for local and regional engineering network groups where you can meet others and also learn more about the industry where you are located. Additionally, your company may have policies or programs that encourage networking. Talk to your superior to find out more, and what kind of opportunities are out there.
As if the above weren't challenging enough, we encourage you to take the extra step in challenging yourself in the work you currently do. Take on an extra project here and there, step up and lead a team where there’s opportunity, and keep an eye out for projects that will stretch your abilities. Not only does this take you to the next level personally, but it also shows your superiors your dedication and value as an employee!
Mechanical Engineering at Gausman & Moore
Our team of mechanical engineers here at Gausman & Moore work hard and aim for success in every project. We’re proud of our whole team and their dedication to excellence! If you are looking for a workplace where you’re encouraged to constantly learn and where there’s room to grow your career, check out our open positions and apply today!