Congratulations! You have made a choice to
join one of the most exciting and rapidly changing professions
in the world. This is a lifelong career where learning never
ends. Therefore, we should plan it well.
In this career guide, we will
be focusing on the Engineer in the business world – how you, as an Engineer, CAN
make a difference. Your job is to provide value to your customers
and profits to your employers through efficient use of technology.
In today’s technology intensive world, one thing is
for sure …. there will be no shortage of opportunities
for the Engineer to excel.
However, there‘s a catch; an Engineer’s
career is as much about being trained by your employer
trained by yourself. In many cases, you will be hired for
knowing more than your employer in your specific field. The
days when we expect our employer to take care of all our
training and development needs are over. Most of this will
be self initiated and success will be dependent upon your
energy and passion to excel in your field. Welcome to the
The types of engineering careers are as diverse and as confusing
as there are types of industries in the world. This is indeed
not surprising. Just take a look around you and take an inventory
of the technologies that you see at work. For example, we
are surrounded by electronics, mechanics, structures, materials
and so on. Each of these has some kind of engineering at
work. It is almost uncountable.
Some generalized categories
For an “entry” Engineer,
or even at times, an experienced one, it is hard to figure
just what an Engineer
needs to do to build a successful career. The choices are
just too many.
Here, we have tried to put some sense into this problem
by classifying the key general responsibilities of an Engineer.
General classification of what makes up the major categories
of engineering jobs.