Engineering is a very interactive profession that involves a lot of skills that often do not get enough credit, specifically soft skills.
While technical skills are essential to the success and development of engineers, they cannot be relied on entirely.
Here are some soft skills that are all required of engineers regardless of what field:
This is an important skill to have and is typically recognized for most professions, however a lot of people fail to recognize the importance of communication in engineering. Engineers are constantly working in teams to brainstorm, solve problems and convey their ideas not only to their co-workers, but also to people who may not know anything about engineering.
- Intellectual Curiosity
Technology is constantly changing and you want to be a part of that change! Asking questions, researching and ultimately remaining curious no matter how much you already know is a skill that will take you far in engineering.
- Openness to Feedback
Trial and error can often be one of the most effective ways to problem solve and improve ideas and designs, and a large part of that is being open to feedback. Adaptability is extremely important to an engineer’s growth and a lack of this skill can significantly hinder their success.
These are just a few of the soft skills that engineers use on a regular basis and will always remain a key component to the success of an engineer’s career.
Soft skills matter!
Building soft skills can be a tough and lengthy process, but simplifying it down to the main areas you feel you need to work on can help a lot.
If you’re looking to build some soft skills you feel you may be lacking, think about finding a mentor that can help you with this process.
Let us know any other skills that are useful for engineers and may not be as appreciated as technical skills!