The following article highlights and outlines a few basic tips to follow if you are a young industrial engineer looking to make the most out of your career. This advice has been gathered from a horde of learned and experienced engineers. They were quizzed on things like what they wished they knew when breaking into the field and getting their careers started.
Peter Meek Chief engineer at Engineering Circle said – There is always something new to learn in the field of engineering (as in any other field). The learning never stops. It is important to always familiarize yourself with the new things in your field so as to broaden your horizons.
So, without further ado, let us take a look at some useful tips for industrial engineers that you can apply right away.
- You need a mentor
If you are looking to make the most out of your career (or your life in general), having a more experienced mentor is the ideal way to go about it. This mentor is your role model and should be available to provide support for your career, to guide you along the correct path without holding your hand and to provide advice in abundance.
- Ask as many questions as you need to
Never be afraid to enquire about things you aren’t sure about. This is the same kind of advice you could give a student or an intern. The only way you learn is if you ask questions. There is absolutely no shame in it. So, if you happen to be in a meeting where things are going right through you, ask what you don’t understand. If you don’t ask and go about your business virtually blind, you are much more liable to make mistakes.
- Learn to manage people as best you can
Not only do you need to be a good engineer to succeed in your field, you need a broad assortment of other skills not necessarily related to engineering. One such skill is people management. This skill is mostly emphasized among your fellow engineers. Learn to develop your skills so as to be able to manage all sorts of engineering business.
- Expand your knowledge on other disciplines of engineering
Don’t limit yourself to industrial engineering. Innovation is created through knowledge of various disciplines and how they interact with each other. It is all well and good that you specialized in industrial engineering—that is an important thing to master at first. You ought to keep up with all the latest news regarding other aspects of engineering. One aspect of water engineering, for example, could be key to another aspect of structural engineering. As a young engineer, it is almost your responsibility to keep up with as many engineering disciplines as you possibly can. You may also choose to keep up with other industries entirely.
- Keep learning
If you have a diploma in engineering, you are by no means incapable of embarking on a career. You are also by no means tied down to that. Where possible, always look to improve and know more. Even if you don’t do any advanced courses in university, look to learn from your day to day life in the field. Your education in engineering (and other industries) starts at university level.