What makes a great engineer? Why did Edison go on after 1,000 failures? Similarly, why did Ford pursue his idea of a motorized car while everyone was satisfied with horse-drawn carriages? What led Leonardo Di Vinci to become the biggest visionary of all time?
Great engineers are responsible for many of the best inventions and technology that makes our existence possible.
Do you have these traits?
Strong Analytics – Analytical skills are required to examine problems and think of ways to improve.
Passion – Passion, drive, and motivation all lead to an attitude about your career that will lead you to success. Want more passion? Find something you enjoy.
Communication Skills – Complex problem-solving requires concise and accurate communications. You need to be able to translate your specialized knowledge into terms everyone can understand.
Attention to Detail – Engineering projects are complex and a small mistake during planning, development, or construction can lead to failure. As a result, a failed project may lose money or worse yet, injure someone.
Creativity – Solving new problems requires creativity for solutions. Try thinking outside the box. It’s critical to solving complex engineering problems.
Logical Thinking – Great engineers can make sense of complex systems. They understand how things work and how problems arise. Hence, they are great at using the principals of science.
Team Player – Engineers rarely work alone. Working with different types of people is an everyday event. Applying team skills to communications helps to simplify and prioritize issues. So, you need character and integrity to allow people to trust and rely on you. This way you can all work together efficiently.
Technical Knowledge – A great engineer has vast amounts of technical knowledge. They use this knowledge and apply it to different circumstances and issues. Great engineers use their past experiences to solve new problems. Be sure to document your findings.
Lifetime Learning – Great engineers stay on top of the latest technology. Changes happen rapidly. The most successful engineers know new research and ideas. They use the latest technology to improve designs and processes. As a result they are at the top of their game. What technologies are you missing?
What do you think? Let me know what it takes to be great!