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What are some challenges when you are a engineer?

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Seven answers:

1) Make a plan based on actual observation of problem and generate data to confirm issue. 2) Use problem solving tools, fish bone digram, and make sure you have all/any process in current system listed. 3) Consult with other team members who actually do the job, take note to use in potential solution 4) DO NOT have any preconceived ideas about how to solve, just observe, you are a blank slate 5) Must be willing to go and see for yourself and the collected data is accurate 6) Solution must have consensus with team members who will help implement solution (VITAL) 7) Try solution with team members and collect data to see if problem solved (confirm solution with collected data)

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  • Biggest challenge is to accept the reality of the real world- that knowledge and talent are not everything.
  • Not every theory that you have read during your education will work in real life situations.
  • Being a part of the office team. So as to get better results and growth.
  • Working with the people is more important than your core work.
  • Understanding your personal finance.
  • Exploring possibilities and finding solutions.

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Becoming an engineering itself is a challenge and then comes the diversity of complications post completion . What is more important is your thirst in execution , if you become an engineer just because of seeing someone or if someone have suggested you to chose it as your career then better analyze the suggestion for yourself and then make a final call but if you want to become an engineer solely possessing an area of interest in technology , processing , manufacturing , construction and designing you should go for it . And one simple thing when it comes to challenge , challenge is everywhere but "Survival of the Fittest" is the key to success .

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Engineers make the world go around and have a good grasp of data around whatever they work on. This helps you understand gaps and plan for product and needs for a service or instrument you are designing. challenges around getting a good data that helps you prove your design and hypothesis is challenge every engineer will face.

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Here are some of the biggest challenges engineers have encountered in the course of their careers.

  1. Need for continuous education

David Brady, Professor, Imaging and Spectroscopy, Duke University:

I have always had to work to keep learning new things. Engineering is always changing and one has to keep fresh skills.

Martin Brooke, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:

Outsourcing of engineering work overseas and the need for continuous education have radically changed what engineers in the USA do. Engineers need to be prepared to change around what they do and learn new skills at any age.

  1. Managing frustrations

Hal Babb, Lockheed Martin Fellow, Lockheed Martin:

Not enough time, talent, or money to pursue the dreams of the time.

  1. Make sure you listen to your peers

Pamela Bhatti, Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech:

I am very application oriented and sometimes different from my peers. That being said, it’s important to listen to your peers and get along — they often have something very useful to say and want to work with you.

Engineer Challenges 02 Power industry career. (Image via Tennesse State University)

  1. Determining a career path

Carter Burks, Senior Electrical Engineer, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control:

Each new role has required me to constantly reassess where I’m going and where I want to be five years from now.

Indira Negi, New Devices Group, Intel Corporation:

A role that wasn’t well matched with my skills and interest…slowed down the pace of my growth. It is really important to find a job that you love, or at least really like.

  1. Profound responsibility

Jatin Mehta, Senior Electrical Engineer, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control:

You quickly find yourself working long hours and working on weekends, and it becomes a challenge to achieve a good work-life balance.

  1. Communication

Gisele Bennett, Director of Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, Georgia Tech:

Communication skills between engineers and scientists are sometimes challenging. My advice is to be as clear as possible in communicating.

  1. Coping with rejection

Amanda Foo, Propulsion Manager, Lockheed Martin:

My biggest obstacle was overcoming the expectation that hard work equals rewards and recognition.

How to combat this:

Determine what you’re doing wrong; ask for feedback, and change.

Abigail Kuchan, Lockheed Martin Engineer:

One major challenge was learning how to cope with rejection — not being selected for a job or having my ideas turned down — while continuing to put my best foot forward.

Engineer Challenges 03 Assistant electrical engineer at work. (Image via electricalengineerjobs.org)

  1. Job transitions

Phil Cheng, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin:

Transition means having to adapt to new people, learning new skills and possibly a change in work location. Adjusting can be a challenge, but it gives the engineer a chance to learn about an area they might never have known about and to develop new mentors.

  1. Being a female

Abigail Kuchan, Lockheed Martin Engineer:

Being the only female in a group of men is a challenge, but it’s important to realize that people who don’t respect you because you are a female are the exception and not the rule.

Not all women feel gender is a challenge:

Julie Kramer, Orion Chief Engineer at NASA, says she was very lucky because when she came on-board at NASA 27 years ago, she was taken under the wing of “the old Apollo guys” that treated her really well and no different just because she was a woman. According to Kramer, NASA is more concerned with “who’s best for the job,” not gender.

She does admit that several of her colleagues in engineering school felt they were treated differently because they were women, though.

  1. School vs. Real world

Brian Foy, Lockheed Martin Engineer:

Engineering in the classroom is very different from engineering at work. The problems you solve at work do not have one well-defined, universally correct answer.

What challenges have you come across that should be on the list? Tell us below.

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Becoming an engineering itself is a challenge and then comes the diversity of complications post completion . What is more important is your thirst in execution , if you become an engineer just because of seeing someone or if someone have suggested you to chose it as your career then better analyze the suggestion for yourself and then make a final call but if you want to become an engineer solely possessing an area of interest in technology , processing , manufacturing , construction and designing you should go for it . And one simple thing when it comes to challenge , challenge is everywhere but "Survival of the Fittest" is the key to success .

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There is more to the solution - in the real world - that just the solution.

It is easy (comparatively) to design the optimal solution. To design a solution that has buy in from senior executives, has a proper return on investment, can fit within IT's production time line, is simple to use, and still fulfills the customers needs (which is not necessarly what the customer wants - wants rarely equal needs) is an entirely different task.

If all you can do is "number engineering" you will forever be relegated to a cube crunching numbers. If you really want to be part of the decision making process, you will need to develop interpersonal skills, presentation skills, accounting skills, and good business acumen as well as your terchnical engineering skills.

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