• Question: What one thing would you say you have to be particularly good at to be an engineer?

    Asked by daviesl3 to Amit, Emily, Joanne, Martin, Paige on 18 Mar 2012.
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      Paige Brown answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      Hmmm… I’d say that to be an engineer, you have to be logical… think logically. You have to be good at logic!

      Good question Davies!

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      Amit Pujari answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      I would say for being a good engineer two things are (absolutely) necessary:
      1) Clear understanding of theory (behind engineering principles)
      2) Ability of putting theory into practice by experimenting (to be able to relate theory to real world application/s).

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      Emily Bullen answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Adapting what you know to new situations. There’s no way you can learn about everything at school/university. So you need to be able to use what you do know to help you with new stuff.

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      Martin Wallace answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I would say you have to be able to think about a problem and understand it as best as you can so you can come up with the best solution. Most of the problems you come up against are not simple maths questions or yes/no answers, they require a bit of understanding and thought before you can come up with the best solution.
      The theory you learn at school and university will help you come up with the answer, but you do need to have an enquiring mind to be able to work out what parts of that knowledge will be the best to use.

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      Joanne Davies answered on 20 Mar 2012:

      Yo! 🙂

      I think you have to be good at asking lots of questions and keep on asking them no matter what.

      All engineers are different and everyone has something special to offer.
      That’s why we work together and we make good teams. 🙂