Thursday, August 8, 2013

Skills required for engineering

Skills required for engineering
What are some basic skills required for engineers? At every level in an organization, engineers need to be influential to stand out among the best living examples in order to drive innovations to benefit their respective employers. For a fresh engineer, the label of being an engineer looks very lucrative at first glance, but as you delve further, you get to know that technical skills only are not sufficient for you to grow, hence giving birth to numerous soft skills.

It is anticipated that every engineer, irrespective of his work trait will foster and develop qualities of knowledge and understanding, intellectual abilities, practical skills, presentation skills and general work ethics. A graduating engineer should be able to specialize this knowledge based area with a command over the constraints and impact of solution over a society. He is expected to have a professional understanding of the subject matter with responsibilities, awareness of contemporary issues and business management methodologies.

A graduating engineer is expected to have high intellectual abilities and ability to solve engineering problems through effective system design and innovative thinking abilities. He should use the knowledge acquired from engineering studies to solve mathematical and scientific problems to analyze and interpret data whenever demanded. He should be able to make professional judgments based on cost/benefit analysis, with the ability to asses and manage safety and risks. This is why technical writing for engineers is of high importance.

Mostly during the course of engineering studies, stress is laid upon theoretical knowledge to make a student understand the insight logic of a subject; however the knowledge is actually imparted when practical exposure is given. Therefore, being an engineer a must-to-learn skill remains the need to learn the actual implementation of an object using tools, techniques and equipment appropriate to the work been done. For instance; a software engineer must try to code as much as possible rather than just focusing on understanding how do they execute. An electrical engineer should serve his time in developing circuits rather than only stressing upon their analysis.

Every engineer must possess a can-do attitude for every task coming his way, even if he knows nothing regarding it, because when you say such irrefutable words, a layer of positivism runs from inside and get you going with the work. Moreover, effective communication is yet another must-to-possess skill for engineers, who should be able to read and write while making use of Information Technological tools as a big asset. At one level or the other, management plays a vital role in a project.

Each engineer is expected to have a high degree of project management and people’s management skills to lead his team successfully towards the stated goal. For the accomplishment of such purpose, courses like Project Management, Total Quality Management and Operations Management are to be taught from the undergraduate level to engineering students so they may gain some guidance over the subject. On the same note, engineers are anticipated to be leaders starting from a very basic level to guide themselves and their respective teams over the right path.


  1. Confidence is the best skill for every engineer. You go to an interview, you only need confidence to make your impression. Then comes your communication skills. Beside all these communication and presentation skills, an engineer must be well equipped with sound technical skills and understanding of subjects along with technical writing skills.

    1. No doubt confidence is a great characteristic which everyone is looking for during interviews.


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