• Question: What skills do you need to become an engineer?

    Asked by morebrainlesssurgery to Huw, Gosha, Ray, Stacey, Steve on 17 Mar 2015.
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      Huw Williams answered on 17 Mar 2015:

      Good abilities in Maths and Physics will be a good start but you’ll also need good communication and written English skills. Most of all you need to be enthusiastic, self motivated and a good team worker.

      A little Mechanical Sympathy (Understanding of how machine work) will also stand you in good stead if you want to be a Mechanical Engineer.


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      Steve Cox answered on 17 Mar 2015:

      Good abilities in Maths and Physics backed by the ability to think in a logical way is a good start. As Huw says, you also need good communication skills so you need to keep going with the English subjects up to GCSE level.

      You also need to be really interested in understanding how things work.

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      Stacey Cutten answered on 18 Mar 2015:

      I like this question! Besides academic qualifications, there are a lot of skills that employers look for. It is important that you can show the ability work well by yourself and with a team. As well as this, you need to be able to show good leadership skills and be able to confidently communicate your ideas. My part-time job helped me here because I had to give welcome speeches at the laser tag arena to 45 people at a time. So, I personally think that being able to public speak is key! Being organised and having good time keeping skills are also very handy!

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      Gosha Barzowska answered on 18 Mar 2015:

      1) ability to work in a team
      2) Good commuication skills
      3) desire to learn – being ambitous
      4) adaptability to change
      I think these are the main four – but each employer specify their own skills their values the most – remember to review it when applying for any job 🙂

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      Ray Butchart answered on 22 Mar 2015:

      Very good communication skills, both written and verbal.
      An ability to get your side across, especially to people who may not support your work.
      Know your job / role! You are the one with the expertise.
      Resilence to get on with the difficulty all around you.
      Inter-personal skills to be able to resolve the hostility of the situation and convince those around you that you are not there to ‘take their job’ or tell them how to do their job. Get them on your side.