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Personality Characteristics of mechanical engineering

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Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific principles and discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.
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David’s Answer

Good question! As an engineer I have had the opportunity to work with other engineers and discovered that there are stereotypes about us for a very good reason - they contain a nugget of truth. A few personality traits I have noticed are:
1. We are creative. We LOVE solving problems. Give us a problem and a few constraints and a marker board and we can entertain ourselves for at least half a day.
2. We are helpful. We understand how the universe works and feel we are uniquely qualified to come to your aid. We tend to get tunnel-vision, however, and may return with three ideas of how we might solve your problem, when in fact all you wanted was a listening ear.
3. We can be skeptical - especially if there is little to support a claim. Think "political promises".
4. We can also be a bit introverted. Okay, some of us are a lot introverted.
5. We are optimistic. Engineers love to improve upon things. It's hard to be a pessimist if you are always going about making things better.

I found this more detailed list (and engineers love details) at: https://www.seviourbooks.com/articles/engineer-personality.htm

Regardless, just remember that engineers aren't boring people, we just get excited about boring things!
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Ahmed’s Answer

Critical Thinking: most of the problems you'll face as an ME will be very ambiguous (which is why you'll probably be involved) and you'll need to use your critical thinking aptitude that you've built through your studies and previous experience to really analyze problems/objectives and come up with novel solutions

Communication: A big flaw for some engineers is the inability to effectively articulate technical information to a non-technical audience. So working on this trait is imperative for actually executing and gaining buy-in for the proposals that you make as an engineer

Relationship-building: Being able to work as a team and collaborate is very important especially in corporate jobs, where you have a large scope for a project which requires inputs and collaboration from different teams (and even multiple engineers). Being open minded, collaborative, and focused on a team's mutual goal is a big key to success
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