Engineering Fundamentals - The Four Skills of Engineering

All engineers, regardless of specialty, develop a fundamental or common set of skills that underlines their value. Many individuals will naturally possess these skills and will excel in the field of engineering. If you are considering a career in engineering or looking to improve your ability as an engineer than you will be excited to know that these skills can be developed through study, practice and determination.

    * Analytical
      An analytical mind is able to discover and understand the pattern beneath a situation, problem or system. Analytical thinking also provides the necessary critiquing skills to improve upon designs or processes that currently exist. If you are generally curious about how things work and are able to identify how something can be improved, no matter how effective it is, than you are analytically skilled. The only concern for those who possess this skill is the tendency to over analyse which can lead to complications and more problems. It is important to realise that engineering is not always complicated; the simplest solution is usually the most effective.

    * Organisational
      Being organised involves accounting for the many possible solutions to a problem and re-checking work to ensure simple mistakes are eliminated. If an engineer is not well-organised, there is a greater chance that they will make a mistake in their calculations; potentially compromising a whole project. Engineers reap many benefits of being organised as it carries over into their personal lives. Studying and working as an engineer will dramatically improve your ability to prioritize and manage tasks.

    * Scientific
      Engineering is based upon the fundamental laws of mathematics, physics and chemistry. A proficiency in these areas as well as some form of enjoyment is required to be a successful engineer. Whilst some engineering jobs require only minor mathematical calculations, engineers must have a complete understanding of these principles.

    * Communication
      Without a doubt the most advantageous skill an engineer can possess is to be an excellent communicator. An engineer will work individually or in a small team; usually on one aspect of a large project. Regardless of position, all engineers communicate their ideas and findings to team members either verbally or in written reports. It is in this capacity to clearly explain ideas and generate excitement that underlines a successful engineer. Engineers who possess this unique ability often progress into corporate management positions such as company CEO.

It should be clear that the culmination of these four skills lead to a highly productive individual who is able to apply specialised knowledge to everyday problems. It is likely that you are competent in at least one of the skill areas. If you happen to excel in more than one skill area, then you are an ideal candidate and should strongly consider an engineering career. Those currently employed as engineers can work on the skill areas that require improvement, leading to an increase in your engineering ability and a potential salary increase.

I have these skills, am I suitable for Engineering?

Consider the Engineering Disciplines that are available to students to further determine your suitability for an engineering career.

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Learn All the Countries of the World in an Easy Way

Memorizing the locations of the countries of the world is a difficult task which you have to master to do well in life. Whether you are a geography student, a kid preparing for the Geography Bee, an international relations student, a Civil Services Exam aspirant, quiz contestant, a die-hard traveller or just a person who loves to know more about the world outside his own country, you have to know the location of each and every country in the world map. Suppose you go for an interview and the interviewer who is just back from a vacation in Cambodia asks you the country to the north of it, you are dumbstruck if you do not know the world map well.

Now before you can ask the question that how can I memorize the world map, the superpowers are fine, but each and every one is impossible. It is so, if there is no structure, You open an atlas and are lost in a maze of lines and curves and you shut it quickly before they overwhelm you.

I found a way to teach the world map to my 8 and 9 year old in a matter of weeks. This package is found on the Net and I have furnished the link below for your use. It teaches you to draw the world map from scratch using a paper and pencil. You draw all the countries of a continent in no time. Then the next good thing about this memorize maps tool is that it gives a set of mnemonics by which you can pinpoint any country on the world map and can tell the countries which lie to the north, south, west and east of it. Too good to be true, you may be feeling. It was a relief and pleasant surprise to see my kids master the world map and be ahead of the class and peer group. It was surely a wonderful feeling.

There is also a similar method to learn the map of the United States by this method in the same blog. This means you can master the map of United States of America if you are or aren't a resident of this beautiful country.

So what are you waiting for? It is time you went through this method and reaped its benefits in a short time, And the next time the interviewer asks you the question, you can burst out "Laos" and the job will be yours.

Tell Me Something Really Interesting

Most people say there's just too much information flow, but as a news junkie, and someone who likes to follow current events, I can't ever seem to get enough. Of course, I avoid all the Hollywood drivel, and I don't bother to waste my time on Facebook, so I probably have an extra four hours a day to read through the scientific news, world events, economic issues, and real important matters going on throughout the world. Okay so, the other day I actually ran out of things to read, and long about Friday I'm completely caught up, and looking for more information.

Therefore, I typed into the search engine; "tell me something really interesting?" The funny thing is that I came to an Internet forum that had a thread with that exact title. It was cool, because there were many interesting things on that page, albeit much of it was akin to Jeopardy questions and incidental information you might find on a computerized Trivial Pursuit game. Luckily, I found enough interesting topics to pique my curiosity, and I spent the next hour or so surfing around learning new things. That was nice.

If you are looking for something really fun to do, and to learn intellectual interesting things, I recommend that you go to; Google Scholar and type in the last name of someone that you know, who you think is the smartest person you've ever met. Then look at what other folks with the same surname have written in the way of research papers. You should be able to find research papers which are available free to the public as you search around a little bit.

You might even find that some of these folks have patented really interesting inventions and innovations. If you dedicate your mind to thinking, you will definitely learn something new. Well, it is amazing how fast an hour can go by while you are surfing around learning new things, and it's good to keep your mind wrapped up at a higher level than some of the nonsense on the social networking sites or the popular celebrity news syndicated media sites.

Another thing you can do is go to a website called "Udemy" and check out some of the academic professor lectures. There are a good number which are free, and there are also many which charge a nominal fee for University level educational videos. Not everything on the Internet is a bunch of garbage, and there is no sense in letting your mind melt, soaking up all that crap. Isn't it time you took it to a higher level? Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

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