What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Chemical Engineer in South Houston:
"Lessons Learned from a Career in the Refinery Industry."
1) Life is not fair, and performance reviews are not fair.
2) Do more than is expected in less time.
3) No one can take education away from you.
4) Minimize conflict, don't allow anyone to steal your joy.
5) In time, bad managers are moved to "On Assignment" roles.
6) Be positive and encouraging to your peers and managers, even in difficult times.
7) Know your priorities: God, Family, Work.
8) As a Professional Engineer, refuse to sign or authorize actions that are immoral or will injure a community of poor people who live near refinery.
Chemical Engineer in Orlando:
Become an expert in EXCEL and VBA. More software packages the better. Also have vocational (wrench-turning) skills.
Chemical Engineer in Knoxville:
"Not What I Expected."
What you do as an Engineer has little to do with what you learn about in school in order to get a degree in Engineering. Almost everything you learn to do in school is done by computers. What you learn in school gives you the insight necessary to recognize when the computer output is wrong or right. You actually learn to be an Engineer while working on assignments given to you by your supervisor.
In school you learn about theories, do calculations, and solve detailed problems. In the real world you apply the theories, interpret the results of calculations and solve larger more complex problems, most often ones that will affect people’s lives and not just a grade on your transcript.