Engineering is one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields today, offering new college graduates significant earning potential, job stability, and plenty of personal satisfaction. There are many different jobs available for engineers. Not everyone can be an engineer, however, as the demands in terms of skills and knowledge are intense.
Most aspiring engineers will need at least a bachelor’s degree, more probably a master’s degree, from an engineering school. Besides the proper educational background and relevant technical experience, you will need to demonstrate many so-called “soft” skills in order to get and keep a good job.
- Creative Thinking : Engineering is fundamentally about solving problems, and that means finding new ways to apply existing knowledge—a truly creative process. You may be attracted to engineering because of its creative element.
- Computer Modeling : Computer modeling is the creation and use of computer models to run simulations of complex systems. While modeling is not unique to engineering, it has become a critical component of many types of engineering.
- Attention to Detail: Projects in engineering are extraordinarily complex and involve dozens, if not hundreds, of people. A small mistake at any point during planning, development, or construction can result in failure.
- Higher Mathematics : Gone are the days of calculating by hand and with slide rules, but the existence of computers does not free you from the need to understand math.
- Communication Skills : Engineering is very technical and relies on concise and accurate communication between colleagues. But you will also have to communicate with people outside of the field, such as clients and sometimes the general public, who do not have a technical background.
- Leadership : Engineers are typically known for their technical abilities, but leadership and management skills are just as important. While managing projects, you need to learn how to delegate tasks, organize large teams of people, and coordinate many complex processes.
- Teamwork : Engineers almost never work alone; you will work with a wide range of employees, both fellow engineers and people outside your department, to bring your projects to fruition.