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How to Take Ownership of Your Engineering Career

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If you’ve ever felt like you lack control of your career, you’re not alone. A lot of professionals wake up one day and wonder, “How did I get here?” Maybe they’ve stayed at a job they don’t enjoy for too long or they feel like they should have more responsibility or have advanced farther. Whatever… Read more »

How to Make Your Weaknesses Irrelevant

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Every engineering job interview you go on will be unique, but there are some questions you can almost always count on. Weaknesses are a topic that will likely be addressed by every hiring manager, but many engineers struggle when asked to talk about their weaknesses. Naturally, you don’t what to shoot yourself in the foot… Read more »

What Does It Take to Become a Successful Engineer?

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To become a successful engineer you must maintain your skills, stay on the cutting edge of trends and innovate. But it’s also much more than that. If you want to grow your career, it pays to focus on some less-obvious factors that can help you advance. Work Harder Than Anyone Else As Thomas Edison said,… Read more »

Highlight Your Ability to Embrace Change

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If there is one thing you can count on in any engineering job, at any level, with any company, it’s change. You can expect changes in management, staff, technology, procedures, best practices, company culture, project scope and budgets, and more. However, most people naturally resist change, which can stymie productivity, progress and growth. As you… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Software Engineer

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Software engineers design and develop all types of programs from applications to software for operating systems and network distribution to, software for compilers. While they must be adept at coding, engineers are much more involved in the development of algorithms and analyzing and solving problems than with writing code. Software engineering roles vary greatly, but… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Maintenance Technician

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The job of a maintenance technician can be varied, but they are typically tasked with the routine maintenance and troubleshooting of mechanical equipment. In regulated industries like medical devices, they must keep detailed documentation of their work to ensure compliance. Maintenance technicians are required to keep machinery operational and ensure that a business is achieving… Read more »

Networking for Engineers

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As a professional engineer, you likely understand the importance of networking. However, if you’re simply attending a few events a year and calling your efforts a success, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Today, effective networking includes an online strategy. Social Networking Is Not a Fad You might have been able to get away with… Read more »

What Are Employers Looking for in Top Talent?

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Based on the requirements listed in a job description, you will always have a good idea of how well you align with an employer’s skill-based needs. However, today’s companies are looking for more than just technical skills when hiring engineers. They are also looking for a wide set of less-tangible traits that impact success, and… Read more »

Engineering Job Options: Civil Engineer

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Civil engineering is a vast field that covers all manner of infrastructure. Civil engineers work on things like roads, buildings, dams, bridges, tunnels, airports, sewer infrastructure and water infrastructure.  These professionals work in a traditional office setting but spend plenty of time visiting their project sites. In some cases, they may work remotely on-site depending… Read more »

Be the Top Engineering Candidate

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Today’s engineering job market is competitive. Hiring managers can be overwhelmed with talented people vying for their open roles. It is necessary to make every effort to create a lasting, positive impression on the hiring manager and to differentiate yourself from other candidates. Here are strategies you can use to stand out and be the… Read more »