Mechanical Engineer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Mechanical Engineer in Clearfield:
"Be a people person, not just a desk jockey."
Of course I could say to be a hard worker and hone your engineering skills, but that goes without saying. I think it's just as important to hone interpersonal skills so you will be able to network and learn from others within your own and other organizations you might interact with. If you are brilliant and nobody else knows it, then you are not doing yourself any favors.

Mechanical Engineer in Lexington:
"Figure out your niche."
The field of Mechanical Engineering is very broad. You can choose to be a "general practitioner" and not specialize in any area, but that might limit salary potential. Focused jobs seem to offer the higher pay, but you do risk limiting employment opportunities. But in the long run, if you're doing what you like and getting compensated for it, you will be happier.

Mechanical Engineer in Rochester:
"Make yourself more valuable."
Make yourself more valuable to the company as soon as possible.

Mechanical Engineer in Dallas:
"Real World."
Keep learning and own your work.

Mechanical Engineer in Fife:
"Clear Communication."
Clearly communicate the motives for your ideas and what you think you can do to solve the issue. If you can communicate to your team you are much more likely to be happy with your team and your work.

Mechanical Engineer in Seattle:
"It's been good, I've always had a job."
Work hard, but realize that whether or not you keep your job has as much to do with office politics as performance. You also need to aquire some practical skills: at a job you aren't going to be doing calcs all day. The hardest part of work is the social interactions, and the practical aspects of the job. It helps if you know how basic machine tools are used too.

Mechanical Engineer in Nashville:
"Keep Learning."
Always keep learning. Never say, "That's not my job." Focus on the problem at hand, not the blame.