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Are Early-career Engineers Prepared for the Real World?

Posted July 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

"Employers often assert that the next generation of engineers is short on communication skills, experience outside the classroom and knowledge about how engineered products and devices are made and work." So notes author Winn Hardin, whose timely article on Engineering360 presents the challenges and opportunities facing this year's newly minted graduating class of engineers. Noting that some employers look for employees with the desire and ability to learn, schools often fail to properly emphasize the importance of "learning to learn." Through a series of interviews with educators and employers, Winn defines several of the key characteristics that will allow engineers to smoothly move from school to work.


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07/11/2016 10:50 AM

What I believe is always the case, they may think they are, but no. Because the field can be so varied until you get out in the workforce, and discovery your 'niche' of what you want to pursue, only then you can refine your skills-set.

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07/11/2016 12:08 PM

No, for the simple reason that in school/college one gains knowledge, and in experience, one gains wisdom.

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07/11/2016 12:41 PM

And in experience you find out what area you really want to pursue.

Education shows them the fundamentals, experience shows them practical applications. I met and interviewed and hired a lot of very smart college graduates that were very impractical for a variety of reasons.

And the fields for M.E. can range quite a bit... Mechanical, automation, environmental, safety, equipment or process design, even project management, and if the field is in OEM or on a manufacturing plant (food, power, paper, ext...).

And have hired M.E., no way in hell would I turn a green M.E. loose on their own armed with nothing more then a textbook knowledge without proper supervision.

Only to find out, that the field required to their job, is not what they want. They may have excelled in college, but in the workforce, that's when they eyes are opened because that's when the work really begins, not in college.

As a mentor, you have to mentor them on what's best for them. To develop them to be their best. It may not help you in initially, but the ones that work out will. In the end both the ones that work out as well as the ones that didn't work out, both are very grateful for what you did.

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07/11/2016 1:30 PM

No...companies ACTUALLY want young/new engineers to unquestioningly drink the corporate "Koolaid™" which many do...but, the truly intelligent ones do not drink, and leave said company behind to seek their own goals instead of the company/corporate-only benefit goals.

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07/11/2016 2:44 PM

Nothing new here. To properly function, you need both knowledge and experience. New hires have a fresh source of knowledge but no experience on how to use it.

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07/11/2016 3:08 PM

perfect response.

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07/13/2016 2:06 AM

Some more prepared than others, but in general, no.

I think BraveSirRobin gave the most succinct explanation.

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