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North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers Developing a career to its fullest potential may be the greatest project an engineer will ever undertake! y our w ay t o success engineer Slide 2 todays topics key factors to success steps to a bright future great reasons to get licensed 9 9 4 4 5 5 Slide 3 Identifying the key factors of success is very important to your long-term planning. But first you have to ask yourself, what exactly is a successful engineering career anyway? but first, what is success ? Success may be an abstract concept. Its like trying to locate the limits of the universe. It is endless and impossible, and constantly changes. There are three distinct contexts for success. Slide 4 Organizational rising to the top of your company Professional Profession has values that define success (such as service to others) Self Value you alone decide success based on your own values 1 1 2 2 3 3 what is success ? Slide 5 North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers Key factors to success for Engineers 9 9 Slide 6 1 technical skills communication skills leadership qualities management ability ambition hard work commitment judgment teamwork integrity service 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Slide 7 1 technical skills The knowledge and experience suitable to the demands of the task. Technical skills are the very foundation upon which your career is built. You must master these skills to succeed. Rapid technological change means your engineering education must constantly be updated. Think of your education as Version 1.0. Success will require updates! Engineering education today is often a broad brushed approach. Do you have the confidence in your technical skills? Should you pursue an advanced degree? Starting out, should you diversify or specialize? How do employers measure your competence right out of school? GPA? Summer Internships? Co-op? Activities? Slide 8 judgment 2 Engineers solve problems, and part of problem solving is having good judgment (sixth sense). If you dont have it, developing it can be tough. The key to improving your judgment is to PAY ATTENTION. Observe what you see. File it away for future reference. Judgment is an intuitive process based on knowledge and experience that gets you within 90% of the right answer. It improves with confidence and successful outcomes. Good judgment is serious stuff to an engineer. This isnt poetry writing. Our decisions affect peoples lives! Computer Garbage In = Computer Garbage Out! The application of knowledge and experience in determining the optimal solution to a given problem. Slide 9 communication skills 3 Ability to convey information with clarity and effectiveness. Single greatest factor for advancement today is good communication skills. Initially - good basic skills. Eventually - superior communication skills. Once a good engineering solution is developed, it must be successfully communicated or sold (i.e. client, boss). Good communication skills have four distinct categories: 1) Speaking (35%), 2) Writing (9%), 3) Reading & Graphics (16%), 4) Listening (40%). Listening is the most important communication skill. Learn to ask effective questions and then LISTEN! Dont overlook writing and public speaking classes! Slide 10 4 leadership qualities Ability to motivate others to move with enthusiasm towards a goal. Many engineers dont realize it, but leadership ability is very important to their chosen profession and success. You must gain peoples respect, trust and confidence. Big difference between a manager and a leader. Good manager controls efficiency (doing things right). Good leader controls effectiveness (doing the right things). As engineers, you must learn to practice both! In the most basic terms, a leader is someone whom you choose to follow. A leader has vision, they listen, have positive regard for their followers, and are trusted. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by J.C. Maxwell Slide 11 management ability 5 Organize resources and coordinate execution, timely and cost effective One key to successful management is planning, and then updating the plan as things progress. Most projects fail due to lack of planning. 5 Step Management Cycle 1) Planning, 2) Organizing, 3) Staffing, 4) Execution, and 5) Feedback A good manager identifies, develops, and utilizes resources. A successful manager also manages people, money, materials and time. #1 - People Management Management track versus technical track? Which will you choose? True success can be achieved in both! Dont choose a career in management for the wrong reasons. Slide 12 teamwork 6 To cooperate with others in reaching a common goal in a manner that is satisfying or acceptable to the group Your formal engineering education may have promoted individual thinking and individual work, not teamwork. As a young engineer, it is likely that you will be expected to serve as a member of a team. Learning teamwork is critical to your eventual success within a Company. Engineering requires more teamwork than any other profession. A large engineering project can easily involve over 100 people. No one works in a vacuum anymore! On an engineering team, members listen to one another and learn from one another. Synthesize and follow the best ideas that are formulated by the engineering team. Slide 13 integrity 7 Fidelity to worthy principles An engineer has a fiduciary responsibility. The public trusts their judgment. As an engineer, you must balance the publics interest with that of your company and client. Clients dont always know best. Dont become a yes person. One day your integrity will be challenged! Look for a professional environment that encourages and nourishes integrity. If it doesnt, then get out! Engineers have their own Code of Ethics Hold paramount the health, safety and welfare of the public Perform services only in their area of competence Act in professional matters as faithful agents or trustees Slide 14 service 8 Volunteer work for the benefit of others Your first priority is to see that you correctly do the job you were hired to do. By the time youre a mid-level engineer, your service work will be considered important! Volunteer work is a no-risk opportunity to gain the skills you will need, such as management, communication, leadership and group dynamics. As an engineer, protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, you have the intellectual and technical skills to make a difference. Volunteer! Community and Professional service is one of the top traits of successful top executives. Service earns respect! Slide 15 ambition/commitment 9 Seeking new challenges beyond those successfully completed If youre going to be successful, you have to want to be successful. You have to be willing to work for it. No one is going to walk up to you and hand you the presidency! You dont have to be a workaholic, but you have to do what is necessary to get the job done. Dont go seeking a 60 hour work-week, but avoid being constrained by the 40 hour work-week. Dont head out the door at 4:59 PM every day! Most successful engineers agree that their job takes more than 40 hours per week. Learn to work smart! To be a successful engineer, you have to enjoy it! Slide 16 1 technical skills communication skills leadership qualities management ability ambition hard work commitment judgment teamwork integrity service 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Slide 17 Steps to a Brighter Future 4 4 FE exam 4 years experience PE exam graduation FE Exam4 years experience PE Exam Great Reasons to Get Licensed 5 5 North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers Slide 18 A person that is licensed to practice engineering in a Particular State or US Territory after meeting all requirements of the State Law. but first, what is a P.E. ? To practice in multiple States, a person must be licensed in each State in which he or she wishes to practice. In ND, you need a P.E. to be a person in responsible charge of other engineers. Multiple States Slide 19 1 2 45 3 career development compensation prestige authority flexibility Employers are impressed with engineers who have their P.E. Licensure enhances your stature, shows commitment to the profession & demonstrates heightened leadership & management skills. Licensure is a necessity for rising to increased levels of authority and responsibility. Studies show that P.E.s earn higher pay. Having your P.E. allows expanded opportunities beyond a company structure as an independent consultant for example. P.E.s are respected by the public & are seen in the same light as licensed professionals in other fields. P.E.s are also held in high esteem by their peers within the engineering community. Only P.E.s can sign & seal engineering drawings, be in responsible charge of a firm in private practice or serve as a fully qualified expert witness. Having a P.E. opens up your career options. You can become a specialist, or establish your own business. The P.E. license allows you to go as far as your initiative & talent will take you. Great Reasons to Get Licensed 5 5 Slide 20 average starting salaries ? $0 $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 Chemical Civil Computer Electrical Mechanical $51,254 $40,848 $53,546 $50,387 $48,654 Slide 21 starting salaries by region ? $42,000 $44,000 $46,000 $48,000 $50,000 $52,000 $54,000 $56,000 Mid-Atlantic Midwest Northeast Northwest South Southeast West $ 46,761 $ 49,992 $ 46,564 $ 46,106 $ 52,057 $ 54,312 $ 49,574 Slide 22 $55,578 Non-P.E. P.E. $79,109 North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers compensation for P.E.s ? Slide 23 $57,234 Design Engineer Project Manager $72,700 Department Head $84,775 Owner/ Principle $112,223 North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers compensation by position ? Slide 24 North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers y our w ay t o success engineerNorth Dakota Society of Professional Engineers http://www.ndspe.org