You may be on the job hunt with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in your portfolio. Maybe you graduated top of your class and your project was applauded by all the professors in your department. You might even have a couple of competition wins to brag about. You know you’re a skilled engineering graduate, but the companies you’re applying to don’t seem to see the same picture.
So what are hiring managers at some of the world's largest engineering companies actually looking for?
Comprehension Of The Basics
How grounded are you in traditional concepts, and how well can you blend them with the ideas and capabilities of new technologies? As a new engineer, you are likely excited about the upcoming futuristic technologies but recruiters expect you to be an expert when it comes to the basics. Hiring managers need you to know the basic machining, manufacturing, and existing schemes they are utilizing.
Great Communication Skills
Communication is key in every interpersonal relationship. Most engineering jobs are studded with heavy information which makes it essential for engineers to be able to communicate technical and non-technical information both orally and written, as well as in person and online. Every engineer needs to be able to clearly communicate their thoughts with management and present them to customers. This was an essential topic in the first episode of the Grinding Gears podcast. Fast forward to the 17:55 mark.
Initial Wages When You Graduate
Recruiters and the prospective recruits often don’t find common ground when it comes to starting wages. Those new to the engineering profession must familiarize themselves with how things work in the company before they can truly utilize their skills. Because of this, your initial salary may not be as lucrative as you had hoped.
Problem Solving And Critical Thinking Skills
Murphy’s Law states that anything that can happen, will happen. Miscommunications and misunderstandings often lead to bigger problems than the initial issue, making problem-solving and critical thinking necessary traits in an engineering hire.
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