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Top Traits For Getting Great Jobs In Engineering

Top Traits For Getting Great Jobs In Engineering

Is a career in engineering for you?


Despite dozens of career sub-branches for engineers, people in this profession have some common characteristics.

Engineers are an impressive bunch. Smart as whips. Logical as Spock. Creative too, and calm under pressure. They solve problems ordinary folk barely grasp.

Jobs in engineering vary. You've got sub-sets like civil, mechanical, or chemical. Software or electrical. And now blockchain or Artificial Intelligence. Each demands its own skills and know how.

On the whole, some common traits apply to people in these fields. See if you sync up. The jobs pay well, though be warned the education can be punishing.

Constantly Curious
You might be a future engineer when…

  • You grew up methodically taking apart toys, your dad's prized watch, and maybe - because it intrigued you - the family TV. 
  • By the time you were 11, people plugged their ears when you asked "How's this work? And this?"

That insatiable quest to discover inner workings probably made you a freak. It's others who'll be freaking with envy at your great career.

Problem Solvers
When things break, or processes stall, most people moan and throw their hands up. Not you. Your brain gears are clicking away. Investigating the mechanical or procedural issue. Finding the faults. Designing a practical fix. Onlookers ooh and aww at your prowess. Soak it in. 

Maybe you get teased for being geekily analytical. Always taking a deliberate approach. Step by step, not helter-skelter. "Precision" is one of your favourite words. Gawk at this software engineer resume as an example. Then snicker at artsies with their rambling thinking. They'd lack heat, hydro, computers, and life-improving chemicals if not for your systematic ways. 

Not all engineers are Poindexters poised over calculators. While some do solve derivative equations, or gauge biomolecular densities, a strong grasp of trigonometry and calculus is standard. Specialized disciplines like AI and aerospace are super numerical. For the math challenged, consider a job in theatre. 

Applied Inventiveness
If engineering problems had a Facebook status, it'd be "it's complicated." Thinking out of the box is a requirement. Imagine what it takes to design next-gen memory chips. Or produce a brand new biomedical prosthetic (artificial hearts, limbs that respond to brain waves for amputees, in case you were wondering). Converting theoretical concepts into practical applications is their bread and butter.

Imaginative And (Gasp!) Possibly Artistic
Because engineers have to be creative, they often have hobbies to match. Drawing and painting, playing a musical instrument or writing fiction at night in their attic lit by solar-powered bulbs they conceived. Speaking of which, since these technicians are always tinkering, you can find them after hours in their garage workshops and home labs. Patents are pending.

Constant Learners
Like any scientific field these days, studying never stops as there are so many new tools, materials, and methods emerging. Today's leading-edge laser calibrated instrument is tomorrow's junk. Good thing engineers are natural knowledge seekers. Staying current, and continually adapting, are essential for all the hot jobs in engineering.

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