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7 Essential Traits of a Successful Engineer

Posted on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 4:11 am    

Engineers impact society in a multitude of ways. From roads and bridges to aircraft and software – they build solutions to complex problems. In the words of the UK Institution of Engineers, written in 1828 engineers were to “[direct] the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man”.

“Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.” – Theodore Von Kármán

Engineers, have, in many ways, developed the modern world with their ability to find answers to the toughest problems, willingness to innovate and make a difference and handle the unexpected.

Over here we discuss 7 traits of successful engineers.

1. Inquisitive

Successful engineers are inquisitive by nature; they ask a lot of questions. They analyze and examine things around them and find ways to make them function better.

2. Detail oriented

An infinitesimally small error can have huge impact on design and construction of a product, which is why great engineers pay attention to details.

3. Good communication skills

Successful engineers are also great communicators. They explain complex details of the project in simpler ways so that there is no room for confusion.

4. Stay abreast of the latest technological developments

From new tools to the latest research findings – successful engineers know what’s happening in their industry.

5. They are highly creative

Creativity is the key to innovation. Successful engineers think outside the box to solve problems that range from simple to most complex.

6. They are Logical

To take an abstract idea or a dream and create something real and usable out of it needs logic. And engineers live by logic.

7. Great Problem Solving skills

Problems can arise at any stage of a project. A seasoned engineer is quick in identifying where the problem stems from and provides a solution to fix it. They’re problem solvers at heart and focus on creating solutions to problems of varying degrees.

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