Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Senior Mechanical Engineer in Camas:
"Be a problem solver."
The best type of engineer is one who is drawn to solving problems. Even those that may not fall directly under mechanical engineering. Be open to support other departments as your training makes you an excellent problem solver.
Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego:
Look for a Mentor in every new job you start. After graduation, spend no more than 2 years at each job, then move to a new company. Do this for 6-7 years, then settle on a final company, and commit to them for the long term. You will create an incredible network of peers and mentors, and gain much more valuable experience.
Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco:
"Keep learning your entire career."
Keep learning every day. Take additional classes. Stay as general as possible. Get your engineering license. Attend trade shows. Network with other engineers.
Senior Mechanical Engineer in Bend:
"Don't take your current job for granted."
Evaluate the perks of your current job before leaving for a new one. E.G. - Verify that your new job will have the same ones or ones worth giving up that you care about.
Senior Mechanical Engineer in Lake Charles:
"High Degree Of Responsibility And Ethics."
Basics in Engineering are key.
Quick for change in job responsibilities and project objectives.
Ability to work with cross-functional teams.
Ability to work with muti-ethnical teams.
Ability to work with multi-site teams.
Willingness for domestic relocation every 5 to 8 years.
Willingness to relocate international if required.
Ability to mentor younger engineers.