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What are the qualities that an engineer should have in order to be successful?

Engineering department sounds complicated but interesting to me. I want to study to be an engineer. I want to work on my skills so I can be prepared for my future. #engineering

Thank you comment icon Accomplish getting your degree. It may take some time, but it's worth it. Secondly, I would apply for a co-op or an internship while in school so you can get your foot in the door somewhere into a company you are highly interested in. I will also say that even after you graduate, continue to upgrade your skills, even if that means spending a little money here and there to be certified in some courses. Hope that helps and good luck! Courtney Sanders, MBA
Thank you comment icon Engineering is pretty much problem solvin if you like to try and find creative solutions this job is for you. Their are many fields that incorporate engineering and job search can be in a broad market. Find something that intrwats you and strive to achieve the standards of industry. James Rafferty

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Christopher’s Answer

Hi Mariana (from Katy, Tx...I'm from Texas as well),

To put it simply, you have to like solving problems. And you have to be curious to ask questions (as you did in this forum). Of course, in our toolbox as engineers is a whole heap of Math so there's no getting around that. Finally, over the years and across many projects, it becomes more and more apparent that you have to have awesome honesty and character as the solutions you put in place will affect others. So study hard, ask questions and take advantage of every STEM opportunity that you can.


I hope this helps you along your journey....thx for you question :)

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Ian’s Answer

When most people think "engineer", they instantly think of someone who is good at math and science. While it definitely helps to have strong interests and aptitudes in these subjects, getting good grades in math and science are hardly the most important things to successfully becoming an engineer. Wanting to solve the problems that most people look past or immediately give up on is, in my opinion, what separates engineers from non engineers. Trying to solve these problems (often failing) and learning from you mistakes is what will build you engineering "tool kit" even if you have no formal engineering training. Constantly asking questions, Googling things to see how they work, building something for no reason other than you want to see if you can, and obsessing over the details are all traits I think of when I think engineer.

In terms of formal education, you usually have to have an engineering degree to get a job in an engineering role (this isn't really true with software engineering if you can show your skills in other ways). Engineering school certainly isn't easy, but if you truly love this field and are willing to work hard, I believe anyone can graduate engineering school! One thing I wish I knew when I started college is how important side projects and engineering extracurriculars are. Good grades are important, but I've heard of many people who have landed great jobs from being a major contributor to the Formula SAE club, building their own app, etc. School is important, but showing you have practical experience is just as important!

Good Luck!

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Look for problems and try to solve them.
Apply to engineering schools.
Try to get good grades, but don't forget about personal projects and extracurriculars.
Never stop learning.
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Hector’s Answer

I think everyone will start off with problem solving, strong math skills, and strong science skills depending on what field of engineering you are in. As well as say that you need a degree, which is true, but I think these are the easiest parts.

To be successful I think is different and requires a whole slew of skills that many do not consider.

First and foremost you have to know what type of engineering you would like to do. In order to find this, have hobbies, join engineering clubs in high school and college, and also join competitions! Not only will you make friends and memories but you will find what questions you want to spend time answering as well as develop the skills you need to address those questions.

Second, I always tell students to aim for at least 3 internships before they graduate. This means you will be applying to places since freshman year. Do not think you are not enough, or need more classes to be useful. By being there, asking questions, and helping in tasks, you will be worth your weight in gold. Join internships that expose you to more than one department if you can! This part of the answer is an extension from the first. Get experience!

Lastly, is something most engineers do not enjoy. That is networking! Make friends at school especially with your professor. Keep up your relationships with professors. Keep up with friends at school, eventually they will be colleagues at work and other companies. Professors are professionals with ties to the industry and can help you get into places you would normally think you could not reach. How do I practice networking? Join a club, run for an executive position, run the club, become a leader on a group project.
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Ezekiel’s Answer

The first thing is to determine what field of engineering you want to be in, robotics, chemical engineering, mining engineering, and so on. And why you choose to be in that field of engineering, because when the reason drive passion and make sure your reason are tied to fact not assumptions. Reasons Like 'I want to be a robotic engineer because major manufacturing company in the world are employing robot to work'. As much as this is true it is still an assumption get fact and see how many and what percentage and would you like to work for those company and are they really in need of robotic engineer or other engineers, search and make research don't assume, a mistake might cost you years of your life.
Secondly, choose what you want to do after you finish, this will require you to make research and find about about the different career path, in the field of engineering you choose.
Third reason is passion is not enough to justify why you choose a career, also consider If the career path is currently in need and for how long, so career path will fade with time or might be merge with other or split to smaller unit, ensure you know all this before starting. Because this will determine how long your field or career will be relevant
Lastly, be ready for the gring, engineering is demanding be ready for the worst, like large volume of text book to read, many assignment, impromptu test and regular study, make sure you are prepared.
You can do what your mind determine to do, YES, but make sure your mind is away of all it cost to do WHAT IT DETERMINE TO DO
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Courtney’s Answer

Accomplish getting your degree. It may take some time, but it's worth it. Secondly, I would apply for a co-op or an internship while in school so you can get your foot in the door somewhere into a company you are highly interested in. I will also say that even after you graduate, continue to upgrade your skills, even if that means spending a little money here and there to be certified in some courses. Hope that helps and good luck!
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Dean’s Answer

Quality and assurance to the stability of awareness good judgement and responsibilities with ongoing knowledge
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sarah’s Answer

creative new idea
helpful
Problem solving
Analytical ability
Communication skills
Logical thinking
Attention to detail
Teamwork. Teamwork drives the successful completion of a project
Continuous learning. Technology and methodologies are constantly changing, and nowhere is this truer than in engineering. ...
Creativity

sarah recommends the following next steps:

Work on Improving Soft Skills
Focus on the Details
Learn from Mistakes
Understand Business
Work Hard
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Manuel’s Answer

Hi Mariana,

When you study to be an engineer, you develop certain skills like problem solving and math. What we normally don't get taught in engineering school are soft skills like communication. So I would definitely work on improving communication skills, organization, team work, and all other soft skills you feel you need improving on. This will set you apart from most engineers and will set you on the right path to become successful in any field you chose to go in. Another quality of a successful engineer is passion for learning, never stop learning. I have a PhD in Science and Engineering and I work designing rocket ships, but I still take online courses to improve in areas such as electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer programming, law, anything that I'm curious about and want to learn more.

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Soniya’s Answer

Hey Mariana M!
I would say one of the best skills you can learn is how to learn and apply it.
Find a hobby you are interested in and try to become better at it by watching videos, reading books, or just practicing.
This will help you learn, be creative, and how to apply what you know to solve a problem.
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Mayte’s Answer

Be good in math and physics in order to be successful in school. To be successful in the real life you need to be proactive, good listener, trainable, leader., analytical, attention to detail. The most important is that you need to will to learn new things.

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Abhishek’s Answer

  1. Logical/analytical reasoning ability
  2. Enthusiasm for experiments and continual learning
  3. Data driven mindset

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Mathematics is a must
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Job’s Answer

Strong math and study skills. A rational thought process. Since there are many types of engineers it is difficult to list all the qualities you wil need. I forced my son th ego to the 6th best engineering school in the USA, after telling him I did not want him to be an attorney like I am. You will get a good paying job out of college if you excell at school, no need for graduate school and there a shortage of qualified engineers in the USA.
Do not go to college to study engineering unless you are ready to work hard at school and have a diminished social live. The upside is that once you have graduated you will have a skill that can keep yuo employed and you can then have a social life. My advice is to wrok very hard in engineering school or do not bother
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Dean’s Answer

Quality and assurance to the stability of awareness good judgement and responsibilities with ongoing knowledge
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Jessica’s Answer

Your tenacity is great! Wanting to acquire the skills to be successful as an engineer is exactly how engineers think! The most important skill is problem-solving, engineers are great problem-solvers at their core. They are able to hone in on a problem, ideate, then execute their idea. If their idea does not work as planned, then they repeat the process. Understanding how to approach any problem is the first step. With this skill, you will be able to work in any engineering discipline, from computer engineering, electrical engineering, to mechanical engineering. Additionally, engineers know how to explain high-level concepts in plain everyday language, making them the middle people between different industries. Work on your communication skills and problem-solving skills as you complete your degree. You've got this!

Jessica recommends the following next steps:

join organizations on campus
Find ways to apply the knowledge that you're learning, in an internship or research opportunity
Finish your engineering degree
Find a job!
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Richard’s Answer

For me, it was the fact that I always am looking to learn new things. Not just Electrical Engineering. To be successful, it is important to have a curiosity about many different things. If I was starting out again, I would tell myself to learn computer programing. You can never go wrong having a good programing foundation.
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Calvin’s Answer

A keen eye for detail, ability to manage and work with other (non)engineers,
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