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What are the most enjoyable things of being an engineer?

I am very interested in the engineering field, after my older sister began to start leaning towards majoring in it. As a freshman, I don't have to choose just yet, which is why I wanted to keep my options open. STEM seems like a very interesting and rewarding topic to work in. My best friend is in a program in which they program and invent new products, such as robotics and systems. He thinks it is extremely difficult, but fun. I wondered what a professional thought about it. #engineering #mechanical-engineering #computer-engineering #software-engineering


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Joe’s Answer

For me, a great part about being an engineer is the troubleshooting and problem solving aspect. Engineers are trained to look at problems more analytically and then break those problems down into smaller sections to that the issue can be isolated and resolved. Along the same lines, engineers can use their skills to improve products and processes, making them more efficient and/or more effective. It is so rewarding when you are able to use your engineering skills to solve a problem that makes life easier for people. These skills can be applied to your personal life as well. I use my engineering skills for the most mundane items - like figuring out the best way to mow my lawn or run my errands. It is a creative mindset.

Another good part about being an engineer is that the environment is more focused on fixing things and less focused on image or appearance or networking. You have more opportunity to work independently. Yes, you will still have deadlines and will need to interact with others, but it is more manageable. And when you do collaborate with other engineers, I feel you can focus more on the task and less on office politics.

As we have seen in the past 100 years, technology has grown in leaps and bounds. Engineers are at the forefront of this explosion. I think there will always be a market for creative engineers who have solid technical skills as well as strong ownership, interpersonal skills and core values like integrity and empathy.

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Simon’s Answer

Creating a solution to a problem. I have fixed hundreds of things from new offices to new chemical processes, logistics, safety, reprogramming, and setting up standards.... the list is endless. I really took pride in visiting the site I did work in and the staff thanking me for the project. After I became a manager I enjoyed helping my staff, giving them the support they needed, and seeing their results. It's a great occupation. I designed to the following rules....the solution should be....Simple, effective, robust.

Good luck, reach far, and be a good team player.


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Raya’s Answer

Hi Lauren

To me the most enjoyable part of being an engineer is solving problems. There is great joy in figuring out how to do something well or why something does not work. But I see a couple people already talked about this quite a bit, so I will focus on another aspect: how much you need to deal with people. There are jobs where all you do is interact with other humans and if you find this tiring, engineering is a great alternative. Computers and machines don't (usually) have bad days so it can be much easier emotionally.

Hope this helps
Raya

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Niranjan’s Answer

Here are a few great benefits of being an engineer:
1. You can design, build and test products that help improve people's lives.
2. You can get a chance to work on problems that no one has worked on before.
3. You are constantly learning on the job and picking up new skills - so you are constantly improving.
4. You can write and publish articles in prestigious journals.
5. You can earn patents for the innovative work you do.
6. You get to work with people from all over the world.

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Greg’s Answer

If you enjoy solving problems of any type imaginable, you will probably like engineering. Sure, you learn a lot of math, physics, statics, dynamics, circuits, etc but I think the real skill is solving the problem and learning how to solve problems. As a manager of engineers, sales, marketing, and other functions I have applied basic problem solving skills all along the way. I use the analogy of solving a puzzle often.


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Diego’s Answer

The creative aspect, I agree, is the best part. Every day you'll wrap your head against new problems to solve. If you love puzzles and science, engineering combines them in a very exciting way.


Also, most tech companies will expect from you results, not hours at the desk. You'll be able to have flexible hours and maintain a great work-life balance.


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Suresh’s Answer

The best thing about being an engineer is that you're being paid to think. There are so many jobs and even "careers" that simply have you going through motions. Personally, I've been building a skill set since day one and it gets utilized more and more every day. When you have a unique blend of skills and knowledge, you become the "go-to" guy or subject matter expert within a company. It's very gratifying to feel that what you know is valued and used in directing things like product development.


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