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How can an engineering student become a better engineer ?

What are your suggestions to young engineering students.....

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Here are some tips for Mechanical Engineers (No site preferences):

-Focus on the fundamentals of engineering and practice it (Relate those concepts to real-world examples and try solving it; the problem doesn't have to be Nobel). 

- It's easier to get lured by fascinating UI in commercial programs and software, and think that you are now capable of solving complex problems. But mind you, running a black box without a bit of idea on what's happening can lead to a disaster. So, dig into fundamentals, read and understand the manuals, understand your problem, figure out the ways to deal with such problems from past literature {"If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants"-Issac Newton (Copied)}This is true, for example, most of the time you might be trying it wrong and other's might have already found it and warned. So take the literature review seriously and stand on the shoulders of past researchers and solvers. Think of uncertainties in modeling and try to quantify them. Then use your engineering judgment for failsafe. 

- Textbooks are always the best friend. Try to read (Basic to advanced) in your field of interest and as many as you can. 

- Whichever language you prefer will work to solve problems in Mechanical engineering (It does not have to be the trending, C (structured) and C++(object-oriented) will work), the reason why I am saying this is don't waste your time to learn all the languages out there (if you know, it's an asset for sure) if you are a Mechanical Engineer, you are a problem solver for Machines, you are thought to be dealing with basic conservation laws, classical mechanics for most of the part, and quantum mechanics will be an asset for the future, so the computer language should be the second options (Learn only if you have to face such a situation like, in the industry or if the machine you are dealing with needs it; it should not be a big deal).

- Try to have fun sometimes...it's easier for a mechanical engineer to get lost in the details of its own vast universe.

Dealing with site problems could be different...

  Cheers!  

 

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Its through practical training and exercises in solving different engneering problems and challanges . Also being open to learn new things from others and through library and internet .

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By practicing Math, Physics and Chemistry everyday and Perform more Project an engineering student can become a better engineer.

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You How to become a better engineer, get stuck in, ask questions, ask a lot of questions. You may not like some of the answers you get but listen to everyone. 

The more you do the job the better you will get, you are going to have to start at the bottom and you will get the sh*ty end of the stick more often than not but it is learning. 

Dont give up, you will get blamed for things that have nothing to do with you, but stick at it and you will get there. 

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On 5/4/2019 at 9:57 AM, admin said:

How can an engineering student become a better engineer ?

What are your suggestions to young engineering students.....

First of all, I would like to congratulate to all engineering students who made this choice for this excellent but tough career.  You will meet lot of challenges on your way up.  Be prepared to learn lessons everyday without any regret.  Life itself is a teacher who teaches everyone everyday.  For readymade experience learn from experienced people without any EGO.  Few readymade points are:

Being Engineer!!
I have met many people who underestimate an engineer. They should know that Engineer cannot be judged by his grades or the views his HOD have for him. There are many qualities that engineer posses but might not found in his CV. Below are few of those qualities that give the engineer an extra edge.

Career Scope-
An engineer can become the software developer, bank manager, IAS officer, Business manager or even a BPO assistant.

Values-
There won't be anything called "Hot chick" in engineering college hence they understand their value and start respecting every girl.

Working under pressure-
Even though he (might have) never experienced "one night stand" ever but he knows how to survive examinations via "one night studies"

Determination-
Engineers love to sleep, but they never go to bed early. Nights are not made to be spent sleeping, the lecture is.

Meticulous-
Engineers are not lazy they are just highly motivated to procrastinate.

Kindness-
Engineers love everybody, apart from their faculty, project head, Deans, scientists, the new boyfriend of their ex-girlfriends, authors of their curriculum books, power cutoffs and slow internet.

Team Work-
Team Projects and group seminars might have failed to teach them this quality but mass-bunks and proxy attendance will surely teach the value of teamwork.

Maturity-
Engineers get to know that world is full of dishonest people when they join the college just because they have read the words like lavishing infrastructure, supporting faculty, 100% placements in their college brochures. Also when they get to know that girl's photo they saw on brochure doesn't exist.

Network and relations-
None of the relatives or any friend's mom ask them before but once they graduate everyone calls them at their home (so that they can fix their table fans, mixers or radio transistors).
They recognize people with the mobile phone they carry and their laptop configurations rather than their names or faces.

Fast learning-
Even highly qualified faculty might have failed in teaching them a topic, but he will remember every word of it when his friend dictates it before entering the examination hall.

Learn by Fun-
Playing tic tac toe during class, late night counter strike tournaments, watching T20 with friends and completing Angry birds stages during lab sessions gave engineers more competence than any other sport.

Sacrifice-
Two engineers saw a hot chick in the mall,
first reaction: ABE dekh be, Gazab !!
second reaction: Jaane de yaar aukat ke bahar hai.
Engineers also sacrifice their clean shaved look, to look more hard-working during exams for self-motivation.

Resource management-
Engineers know that a 3G connection and 4Gb pen drive is the first requirement before preparing for practical exams. Engineers know the value of every single bar in Wifi connectivity symbol and phone batteries.

Staying Healthy-
Engineers never compromise with their health, they stay fit and immune due to a regular dosage of Maggi and backed-samosa. Having food at Punjabi Dhaba and tea at extra-(un)hygienic Gumti is the part of their diet.
Engineering is not just a degree... it teaches you the way of living life like a warrior. Engineering gives a perception and attitude. It teaches you the survival.
 

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Acquiring management and administrative skills along with engineering 

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Good observation , patience and technical knowledge are main keys for engineering students to become better engineer

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Others have mentioned most of the important points, but I would like to add few more points which I have learnt in my career.

We should always remain updated to find out what is going on. Like the way artificial intelligence and internet of things are being used in industry, we should be aware of these, otherwise we shall be lagging behind.

Gathering knowledge is most important but how to use this knowledge is similarly important. Say we are designing a metal cylinder. To make it suitable for the application its design has to be somewhat which is not suitable for bulk production. Hence, only knowledge about design is not important to a designer, knowledge about production is required and to be utilised properly.

Lastly I would like to add that there is an old saying that hard work always pays off and it is something we have control on to progress in our career. But we should always be careful on the direction where we are putting our hard work.

Hope this will help you.

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As a student, i think, there is nothing you can do to excel as an engineer someday except to study. Try to acquire as much knowledge as you can especially those related to the field you want embark on. Learn first the basics. Try to be updated to new research finding, inventions, etc. Study the different processes or means of production: at least the technical part.

Be engage on many activities or projects which will give you some realization and also management and leadership skills. This is what i'm trying to do so far.. I believe it is the right way and i hope it would pay off someday. 

i agree to johnny. study to learn not to pass.

Looking forward for your replies.... ty.

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Without getting your hand dirty,one can not learn engineering concepts.
For example how does a car clutch work?
All know s layman definition.but the real crux ,an engineer knows only when he Assemblying and dismantling the clutch

All engineering concepts will be understood completely ,when you have exposure to industries.

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While there is no definitive answer to this question, in my opinion, few of the desirable characteristics an engineer should possess are -

1. Practical (hands-on) and analytical approach

2. Mastery on engineering fundamentals learnt in engineering schools and colleges

3. Mastery on engineering drawing (fundamentals, regardless of a particular discipline)

The list can be exhaustive. These are some points which came to my mind on an impromptu level.

The crux is to never deter from the basic engineering principles.

 

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On 5/4/2019 at 12:27 AM, admin said:

How can an engineering student become a better engineer ?

What are your suggestions to young engineering students.....

Know how to do things without electronic devices.  Basic skills will guide you.  For instance learn how to operate machine shop tools,  hand drafting, ask questions, find a mentor, watch and learn.

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On 6/10/2019 at 8:06 AM, Newt Edwards said:

Know how to do things without electronic devices.  Basic skills will guide you.  For instance learn how to operate machine shop tools,  hand drafting, ask questions, find a mentor, watch and learn.

I would just like to add to Newt Edwards' answer.. I observed that, nowadays, students became so dependent on electronic devices/ gadgets.. So when they face on even simple problems, the first thing that come up to their minds is "where's my electronic devices(phone, laptop, calculator, etc.)?" For example, (I had observed this myself) after simplifying and manipulating an equation the end was 2(2) then the instructor asks the students whats 2(2) equals, everyone immediately look for their calculators when its obviously very easy. Even the instructor hadn't realized it fast. So I suggest that students practice not using those things like purposely leave it during exams, it may turn out good for you.

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Nowadays Engineering is common thing but better engineer/skill engineer is make a difference if you have good skills, good communication and out of box thinking.

Better Engineer must needed:

∆ Basic Engineering knowledge

∆ Good command on communication

∆ Skill must important

∆ Give time yourself / Trust 

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Most engineers lack communication and people skills. Approaching a purchasing manager with graphs and torque specs may work, but more often than not, you will have to soften him up with a few preambles first.

 

Practice small talk - it will be awkward and challenging at first, but get to know your colleagues, ask about their pets or kids, follow up on their kids' softball games later next week.

 

The 4Ps of Change Management are very important to master. You will be surprised how much momentum you will gain once you've honed your ability to hold a conversation and get people to open up.

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On 6/16/2019 at 11:15 PM, AkashP said:

Nowadays Engineering is common thing but better engineer/skill engineer is make a difference if you have good skills, good communication and out of box thinking.

Better Engineer must needed:

∆ Basic Engineering knowledge

∆ Good command on communication

∆ Skill must important

 

Some of these seem obvious. Perhaps you can elaborate the following:

- How does one improve basic engineering knowledge?

- How does one get better at communication? What are some 'No"s of communication?

- What skills? Which skills should be prioritized? Which skills will yield the best results? How does one master these skills?

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Most of the people thing I have no time for studying and read books, but we are in contact with social media is it. So most of the problem solve it by using Facebook, Twitter, Insta like that. 

∆ For improvement of basic engineering knowledge - 

Subscribe those channels or people who related with study, knowledge, basic fundamentals of engineering. Whenever you surfing social media directly or indirectly any topic seems which is related with study go for it. Hardly 5 minutes to read and recoil the things that you have study in engineering.

∆ For better communication - 

Same thing you did with communication channels or blogs. Read only those blogs which has good image in market. Such as TOI, newspaper, interesting blogs, stories. 

Try to talk two or more new words in daily life. Start with adding English words during talk in Hindi. 

∆ No's of communication - 

Avoid hard & complicated words 

Only read (try to implement & think in English)

Avoid grammar (for beginner)

∆ Skills - 

Now talking about skills doesn't matter which field you have. Engineering, Medical, corporate office, Media they only need confidence, positive attitude, Hard/smart working, honour about works that's it. 

Along with technical support must for engineers like courses which regarding your job profile or which made future requirements.

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