If scientists are the brain, then engineers should be the backbone of modern life. From airplanes to automobile and from machineries to home building, you can find the creative works of engineers behind all mechanisms and devices that have made the 21st century’s human lifestyle easy going. Even though, the arena of engineers has been extended in several branches, however, in a nutshell, they are divided into major four categories. These are mechanical, chemical, electrical and civil.
Through the ages and with the emergence of more advanced technological areas, this has been multiplied with new branches as well as sub branches. For example geotechnical engineering; The prominent business development strategist, recruitment expert and great problem solver, the American personality JD Dukes underwent his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the renowned Madison Area Technical College. In his career life, he assisted numerous business houses by solving their business development and recruitment related issues. He played a major role in the Future 50 program for Key Technical and helped it grow from a 2 million dollar company to 15 million business group.
When it comes to mechanical engineering; considered as one of the largest branches in engineering, it typically refers to generation, sourcing distribution, and employment of energy; the processing phases of materials as well, automation and control devices used in manufacturing or process systems. Designing to development of devices and providing solutions to economical issues are also considered in mechanical engineering. Mr. Dukes considers that wherever there are process units, industries or manufacturing systems, mechanical engineers are most sought for. He strongly believes that despite the fundamentals of engineering is parted among four major sections, however, for aspirants to become successful engineer in any branch, they must have certain special attributes and that are
A strong aptitude to figure out how things done
Irrespective of the area, an engineer must have immense curiosity about how things are happing or are done. This offers them the insight for more advanced thinking.
Solid amount of applied creativity
Engineers are those professionals who transform the hypothetical concepts into the real world product applications. And naturally, this demands great amount of creative sense, analytical power and ideas.
Science and math skills
Even though all branches of engineering, require the same amount of knowledge base in science (especially in physics and chemistry) but, you should have sound knowledge in science subjects. At the same time, you must be well versed about calculus and in trigonometry which are some closely linked with new age engineering.
Listening aptitude and problem solving skills
As per opinion of JD Dukes , that only a good listener can be an effective problem-solver which is the key in engineering. An excellent attitude to listing to the problems or necessities and have you find out the solutions based on your knowledge, educational background and experience.
A good understanding of all kinds of mechanical systems helps engineers in developing their knowledge base in engineering. The relationship of different parts and how they work together or make things done is the basics of engineering.