Today, 3 April 2019, is Global Day of the Engineer – a worldwide event to celebrate the achievements of the engineering community.
And, for the first time, volunteer student engagement community DiscoverE conducted a global survey to understand what the engineering industry is really like.
The Global Engineer Survey was designed to help the engineering community learn about and celebrate its many shared values—and at the same time, the qualities that make it diverse. The hope was that the findings will be useful in sparking interest and enthusiasm among tomorrow’s engineers.
Wood & Grieve Engineers, now part of Stantec, took inspiration from DiscoverE’s survey and asked some of our own people three simple questions about life as an Engineer and what they’ve learned along the journey.
It’s fair to say that WGE also agrees – problem solving is the most important part of the job! Check out some of the highlights below.
“Continuously improving, learning, developing and a love for problem solving. A great engineer can put themselves in the client’s shoes and empathise” – John Lucchetti, Hydraulic & Fire Protection Section Manager, Principal
“The softer side of consulting” – Brett Davis, Perth Office Manager, Director
“Engineering as a discipline is broad. The tools you learn as an engineer are valuable across disciplines. You can mould your career into whatever you want it to be” – Oliver Walsh, Civil Project Engineer
“That being an engineer is much more fun than endless calculations!” – Vivienne Edwards
“How important and hard effective communication is. The first day on the job when you meet an important client, you default to speaking to them like an engineer because that’s what you know. When you meet a builder or contractor, you’ll fail to appreciate their experience and motivation to get the job built. The technically perfect solution might not be the best” – Elliot Alfirevich
“If you don’t like coffee now, you soon will!” – Michael Bourke
“Use the early years of your career to build a really good foundation in the fundamentals. Also, look your very best for staff photos; they are going to follow you for years and become the source of much enjoyment for those you will manage in the future” – John Lucchetti
“Ask many questions and listen a lot!” – Brett Davis
“Don’t second guess yourself. Engineering is broad and diverse, you will find your groove” –Erika Voges
“1) You must be technically competent, but your customer service skills differentiate you. 2) Think before you ask a question, but don’t hesitate to ask. No one minds taking 10 minutes to answer you. 3) Your client’s reaction to news is guided by how you present it. If you have to share a problem, make sure you have a solution” – Oliver Walsh